Season 1958-59

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'A' XV 1958-59 'A' XV 1958-59

From the outset of the season, the clubhouse - in truncated form - together with one pitch on the Hitchins land at Bickleigh Down was brought into use. The field at Estover was still retained for the Senior sides - the Colts - lacking transport of their own - used Bickleigh Down for their home games, the other sides making full use of the Clubhouse but travelling from there to Estover as necessary.

John Frankham remained in command with George Rhodes his deputy Dave Algate in charge of the A side and Bill Farren, having been 'talked into' or volunteered to represent the Colts side, was happily incorporated onto the Committee.

None of the mature sides had a particularly successful season, the 1st XV W14, L22, D2, 257-355, the A side W5, L24, D2, 159-367 and the Extra A W4, L12, D1, 107-314.

The Colts in their first full season had to wait until 1st November, when amidst great excitement, they recorded their first victory over Dockyard Technical College 2nd XV at Lipson. Thereafter, there was no holding them, finishing with 18 wins 11 defeats 3 draws 401-272. A tribute to Bill Farren’s patience and long suffering! Sadly the season saw the announcements of the deaths of two great club stalwarts. Tim Daley at the age of 36, and a pre-war 'veteran' Harold Sloggett.

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  • 1st XV Captain: John Frankham
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