R.I.P. Michael Thomas

19th January 2022

Mike Thomas

President Mike died quietly at home on the 13th January 2022 after a short illness.

Mike was a Life Member, Club Chairman between 1998-2001, Captains Tankard winner in 1977-78 and again in 2003-04 with his wife Ruth, President since 2004 and Jack-of-all-Trades since joining the club way back in 1975.

He was without doubt Mr. Clevedon RFC, although he wouldn't have thought that he was. Mike was just doing what he loved best (apart from his family of course!) and everything else was just a bonus.

Since Thursday, it has become apparent that Mike was more than just the Club President. He was also master of several other necessary, unsung jobs:

  • White line marking with Pete Prior
  • Matchday flags, rope and post protector operative with Jim McVeigh
  • Skittles team organiser
  • Membership collection and enforcer
  • Weekly bonus ball syndicate
  • 200 club with wife Ruth
  • Match result reporting
  • Occasional match reports
  • Cobweb Corner insights for website
  • Press officer
  • Matchday VP lunches, raffle and programmes ably assisted by Chalky

In addition to all the club work he did, Mike was also the Western Counties North league secretary and wore his England RFU jacket with pride despite being a proud and loyal Welshman.

Mike's passing has left a huge void in the club that won't easily be filled. His legacy (see Sporting Heroes below) will continue and will help the club to prosper in the coming years.

Our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers go to his lovely wife Ruth and her family.

Mike's funeral will be at Weston-Super-Mare Crematorium on Tuesday, 8th February, 14:30 and afterwards at the club.

R.I.P. Mike
God Bless


Clevedon Sporting Heroes

By Christopher Stone

Clevedon Sporting Heroes

This book, written in 2004 by Christopher Stone with contributions by Mike Thomas, contains an entry for Mike and is reproduced here without explicit permission from Chris, although I suspect he wouldn't mind much in this case. The book can be found in any local bookshop. Thanks Chris.

Alan Crane

Mike ThomasI slipped this story in whilst Mike wasn't looking! Since moving to Clevedon in 1974 Mike has made a huge contribution to the town's sportscene and to rugby union in particular.

Educated at Tenby Grammar School he was made captain of the school's U15s side then went on to play three seasons with the 1st XV. He represented Pembrokeshire Schools as a prop for two seasons and toured Germany, Cornwall and the Midlands with the County. Later he played for Tenby United 2nd and 1st XVs in the Pembrokeshire League and continued his rugby whilst training to be a physical education teacher at Trinity College, Carmarthen, where he qualified in 1963. He took up a teaching post in Dagenham in 1963 and became the school's head of physical education a year later. Mike, of course, wasted no time in spreading his gospel and introduced rugby to the school. His efforts were rewarded; several of his young players reached county level and went on to play for the same club as himself, Romford and Gidea Park. Two boys were selected for final England trials.

In 1974 Mike was appointed head of boys physical education at Clevedon School where with the help of John Evans and Mal Morgan, yes, you've got it, introduced rugby. From that stemmed the successes of the years to follow though he says that he actually preferred to teach athletics which catered for a wider range of pupils.

In 1975 Mike, with the help of Owen Taylor, Bill Edgar, Clive Bourton and Dickie Brace, formed the youth section of Clevedon Rugby Club. Mike ran the U15s, U17s and Colts teams, the latter for 16 years. Under his guidance the Colts won the Somerset Colts Cup three times, once against a very strong Bath side 13-7.

In 1990 he became senior coach and in 1991-92 guided the 1st XV to South West Division Il. Clevedon RFC scaled new heights finishing runners-up in the Bristol Combination Cup three times and Somerset Cup twice. After six years, and a heart attack, Mike stood down from coaching. He was elected a life member of Clevedon RFC and chairman for three years 1998-2001. The highlight for Mike was Clevedon's exciting 21-20 defeat of Bridgwater in the Somerset Senior Cup in 2001 - the realisation of so much hard work and preparation.

Mike Thomas

Mike finds it very hard to decide on the best players who have passed through his hands, but mindful of the pints which might come his way and being keen not to offend, talks of Ross Brace, Martin Kenny, Steve Weids, Dean Hussey, John Edgar, Mike Hanley, Kevin Brown, Mike Lowis, Ian Eisentrager and Tim Brooks, all ex-pupils who have progressed to senior level rugby. He also says it was 'an experience' coaching Richard and Doug Thayer, Dave Roberts and Dave Summerell — the joy of which one can only hope they shared.

Still Clevedon RFC's press officer and league secretary, he was elected club president in 2004. Mike is also secretary of Western Counties North for the RFU. The press bits he particularly enjoys, his reports regularly appearing in The Mercury. Referring to those reports, Dickie Brace once famously connnnentccl that 'fiction always was my favourite read!'

Mike is a patron of Clevedon Cricket Club and was also the first chairman of Clevedon Athletic Club. A rugby man through and through, he dreams whimsically of seeing Wales beat England again 'soon'. He confesses that the rugby club is his second home but interestingly his wife Ruth thinks otherwise.


Memories of Mike

Through the years

A selection of Mike photos more of which can be found by tapping or clicking any of the images below.

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What's going on?



Clevedon 10 Matson 24

15th January 2022

"Clevedon committed..."

Kevin Weaver: Fish wriggles away...

This was a performance against the unbeaten league leaders that Mike Thomas would've been hugely proud of.

The whole team were committed and ready to tackle anything that moved, which they did with great success.

With a half time score of 3-10, Matson were made to wait until the last 10 minutes to get their bonus point try, while Clevedon had a couple of clear cut chances left out there.

This was an entertaining and tenacious performance that coaches George and Dauncey hope will be the start of something good.

Next week, Clevedon are away to Midsomer Norton. Kick off is at 14:30.



Club Reunion 2022

30th August 2021

"Time to reminisce..."

April 2001 Reunion

The player reunion has been rescheduled for April 23rd 2022, we thought that this would be the best option after the year we have had.

Look out for further details.

The last reunion was held way back in 2001. The photos from that event either be found here.

"Hot off the press..."

Visit the club's Facebook page for the latest, hot off the press news, including the team lineup for this saturday's match and other informative snippets.

Neil Tucker (Tucks)
Club Chairman