The 1960s (10)
John Keating (No.8) was captain Dave Algate vice but the latter moved from Plymouth early in the season. The field at Estover was finally and irrevocably lost to the Club, Plymouth City Council having obtained a compulsory purchase order, moved with shattering rapidity.
The Club’s 75th Anniversary and the Devon R.F.U. promised to field a County side at Bickleigh in the course of the season. John Keating - a great extrovert - fortunately continued as captain. Roy Friend - having emigrated from the South Hams somewhat previously - his vice.
Ian Cooper, a very solid scrummaging prop forward became captain, Geoff Bryan, Nigel Hadden, Peter Green, John Ellis and Rip Kirby in support, from the previous year Stuart Morrow full back, vice captain, Geoff Johnstone and John Price adding strength and mobility to the pack.
John Price, an attacking wing forward took over as captain. John was old fashioned enough as to consider that rugby was primarily a game of running and passing and in imposing his own standards on the team and as a result the majority of games were an entertaining exhibition of open rugby.
Billy Ryan, associated with the Club from his school days, a fast breaking, incisive, quick thinking stand off half took over the captaincy, whilst Rip Kirby returned from his Plymouth Albion excursion to operate the base of the scrum.
Frank Lavis, who had captained the highly successful Colts side of 1964-5, and who since had made his position in the first team pack his own, took over as club captain supported by a vastly experienced and wily scrum half Ray Plummer, who had moved from Newquay to Plymouth and indeed whilst playing for the Hornets the previous season had scored against the Club.