|The Season Ends|
Those in the Clifton Grandstand will carry happy memories of the past season into the lazy and for many of us crazy days approaching during the blistering months before the new season.
We will not reflect on visits by Shelford or Thornbury and jaunts with buckets and spades to Worthing. Looks like a seaside trip next year to Bournemouth and an away day at Barking. The programme editor will no longer be a rookie editor and will spend his classical summer sojourn researching fresh amusement----such a shame the legions of Old Albanians will not be with us----although those Roman soldiers got beaten on Cornish soil -----but who beat those All Blacks twice though?
Three victories over Cornish clubs, a resounding home victory over JB and the Hartpury boys, consistent line outs and exciting tries from forwards and backs will linger in the memory as some gentlemen delicately sip their summer rose wine.
The very successful Friday night win over Taunton and the defeat of the mighty Reds were great club occasions. The growth in development of some of our players has been pleasing.
This announcer who freely admits his Redruth heritage and was pleased to see a fellow member of the 1953 Coronation Pageant at Trewirgie Primary in the crowd-----made the Diamond Jubilee for him---for those interested ---but don’t tell Norman-----I was a trumpeter.
Many Cousin Jacks turned up to support the Reds----name comes from the Cornish miners who left the county when tin prices fell and took rugby and pasties across the globe----once the richest square mile in the world Redruth miners received little credit for developing the game in South Africa. One Maffer Davey was on the verge of Springbok selection but returned home to be capped by both Cornwall and England.
Another Redruth miner, Bert Solomon, was selected a few times for England and turned up once. He preferred his pigeons and Redruth to the posh elements in the English camp. Story goes that Bert ate his pasty at Paddington rather than attend the post match dinner. Of course the greatest ever English fly half, Richard Sharp, is also a Redruth man.
Gloucestershire cricketer Liam Norwell from Redruth was our guest and reunited with old friends.
On other sports the Gentlemen’s Ski Club of Clifton returned apparently unscathed from their little adventure. Multi sport skier Salts then successfully completed the London Marathon. Our man of the match sponsor at the Clifton Sausage has challenged club members running in the Bristol 10k----CRFC team being spearheaded by Scattercash Bonham and Opie whose combined age allegedly matches the 1st XV front five and one of their mothers. Players welcome to enter the race!
For some inexplicable reason Darren reported as leading Chelsea support in the Clifton Sausage during the Barcelona game. Is he being headhunted for the Barca vacancy?
Well done the Colts on a fine season culminating in beating Old Pats in the Gloucs cup final. A few on the verge of 1st XV selection----stick around guys even if you are uni bound. Big win as well over a New Zealand team by 43-16
Very pleasing to have so many ex players turning up this season----those from the 1950s vintage have been joined by young lads who played in the 1960s and 1970s------some of us are attempting, mobility permitting, to introduce the dead rats drinking sessions and the singing of the club song.
Alex Hay still talking up the 1974 Sale game at Esastfield Road.
Top marks to Peter Martin who replaced David Duckham in Willie John’s Lions XV during the opening game in 1976 and finished on the winning side has been instrumental in recruiting his old chums from his Menorcan Palace. Young Paul Smith has been up from Truro twice----he went down originally to promote Newquay Steam Beer we believe.
A great privilege to have had ex President and distinguished player Tony Garrett with us at the Shelford game.
Our thanks to players, coaches, supporters, bar staff, ball boys, programme editor, gate crew, scoreboard team et al for the season.
Summer dreaming of a new microphone---unless there was a not so hidden message from those who may have caused feedback and silence during the latter part of the season.
Mike Anderton will soon be after 2012-13 membership-----------
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