Season 1959-60

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Harold Brickwood, an experienced centre, was captain; Ches Magill vice captain, Mike Dodd captaining the A side. The 1st team got off to an indifferent start losing 5 of their first 6 fixtures with heavy defeats at Hayle and Kingsbridge finishing with figures of 10W, 5D, 18L, 195 -218.

On the brighter side were wins over R.M.C.S. Shrivenham 6-5 and 'C' Division 19-3 other Easter tourists - Vickers Armstrong (South Marston) 3-3 and Blackwood 3-6. R N College Dartmouth, Torquay Harlequins, D.H.S.O.B. and Albion United completed the double over the club, consolation - Salcombe 9-0 (return cancelled), Launceston 6-6 and 6-3.

The A XV showed improved results W16, D2, L13, 337-243, including the double over Launceston A (37-0 and 11-9) and R N E College II, whilst Kingsbridge A defeated them no less than 3 times by comfortable margins. The Extra A W5 D1 L11, the Colts away to a flying start of 7 consecutive wins had overall figures 21W 6L 3D, 470-211 and but for a crushing 0-47 by a very good Plymouth College side - the return was far more respectable 3-12 - the points against column would have been well under the 200 mark.

Efforts were continuing strenuously to bring more pitches at Bickleigh Down into operation, the chief stumbling block being the large quantity of stones embedded in the fields and their devastating effect on players knees. The quarrying was by manual effort at the expense of many finger nails and was indeed a slow business in fact it required a further two seasons before 4 pitches were safely available.

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  • 1st XV Captain: Harold Brickwood
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