Monday, October 31, 2016

Wolverton Rugby Club - 1958

In 1958, largely due to the activism of John Cawthorn (right, back row in the photograph), re-formed for its first game in almost 50 years. Cawthorn, then only about 16 years old, managed to persuade men such as Bill Tompkins and dr Coster to get behind the project and the Wolverton UDC provided a pitch and goal posts at the Top Rec. A program of fixtures was organised and from very certain beinningthe club grew in size and strength, eventually acquiring its own club house and pitch. Once Milton Keynes came into being the club changed its name to Milton Keynes Rugby Club.

Pictured here are the pioneers of that first team:

Back Row l-r: Mike Sullivan, ?, Dicky Ratcliffe, Paul Homes, ?, Derek Haycock. Jim Thomas, Ron Williams, ?, John Cawthorn.

Front Row l-r: Reg Wright, Norman Brazell, ?, Trevor Bates, Ron Parrot, ?, Peter Hempstead, Jeff Capell.

Boys at front l-r: ?, Roger Haycock

(Photo kindly supplied by Roger Haycock)

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