“I don’t wish to be attractive and popular. But I’m a prop, so I can’t help it. ”
For those who don’t know about him, John Budd was a larger than life character who is fondly remembered by those who knew him. He played for both clubs beginning his playing career at Barnstaple during the early 1960’s whilst working there.
Visiting Barnstaple rugby club one day and having never played rugby before he struck a deal with the lads that if they taught him how to play rugby he would teach them how to play spoof, a drinking game, darts and bar billiards. John then went on to play for the Seconds and then the 1st Team before being transferred to Bristol where he played for Clifton 1st XV and captained their Seconds.
Barnstaple and Clifton played a number of times for the John Budd Cup before they started playing in different leagues when the Seconds of both teams took over the challenge. Until the last two seasons the last known match was in 1993 where it is alleged that Barnstaple 2nds won it although what happened to the original cup is of greater debate.
Last season the teams returned to their duel over the cup and not only honours but score lines were shared as both won their home fixtures. History is repeating itself perhaps as Barum will be bringing the cup beautifully polished for presentation to the winners today.
Updated 09:46 - 29 Jan 2018 by Wyn Tingley