"Three in a row!"
7th December 2002
Team: Mike Lowis, Chris Cates, Tom Thie, Tim Brooks, Chris Bushell, Tom O'Rourke, Steve Johnson, Nick Hill, James Gallagher, Tony Dauncey, John Pearce, Jeff Durant, Chris Page, Owen Biggins, Anthony Fox. Replacements: Ashley Vailes, Mike Sweet. Captain: Jeff Durant Coach: Brian HanlonFlag: Ashley Vailes.
By my reckoning, Clevedon, captained by Jeff Durant, last played Stroud in SW2W during the 2002-2003 season when they did the double over them, 16 years ago.
Clevedon won their home match 15-12 in December 2002 and the away match 27-29 on the 29th March 2003, eventually finishing second and gaining promotion to SW1 after beating Swanage and Wareham.
There were two players who featured in that game who turned out this week, veterans Ashley Vailes and Tom Thie. Coach Hill also played in that match at loosehead, while Owen Biggins was watching, injured on the sidelines.
There is a little clip of O's try you can watch if you click/tap the image and select it from Onedrive. The quality ain't good as it was only a 2MP digital camera, which was the latest 2MP Olympus C2040Z at the time!
"Jeckyll and Hyde"
Team: Jordan Mein, Ryan Hervey, Fakoya Tyrell, Adam Coles, Will Fisher, Tom Thie, Ashley Vailes, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour, Blaise Bosley, Ben Chase, William Trollope, Charlie Tucker, Toby Ford, Harvey Russell. Replacements: Ben Stone, Jack Fowler, Connor Browne. Coaches: Nick Hill/Chris Heal. Flag: Neil Tucker.
This week was certainly and eye opener after last weeks disappointing loss away.
Clevedon had the upper hand in all phases of play and the coaches were smiling and jubilant after the match!.
A home crowd and the comfort of your own changing room helps of course.
The visit of old boy John Edgar, seen here chatting to his old PE teacher Mike Thomas, obviously inspired the team who showed off their range of skills on a cold and blustery day.
Veteran MOTM Tom Thie provided two tries for his enjoyment and delectation and John went home late, drunk and happy!
Read the report here.
Clevedon 1st XV have next weekend off, while the 2xv are at home for 15:00 kick off.
This week I'm on my travels again and going walkabout in Australia for a family visit.
Hopefully, I can keep you updated with some fine Aussie wit and repartee. Ripper!
News from the festering cheese club will be forthcoming once I've got my aerobic activities completed and I've recovered.
Why not start the new season by ordering a club blazer?
You will be joining a select bunch of ne'er-do-wells that have worn them for last four seasons.
This is just a sighter to see how many people would be interested.
They are made to measure and a sizing document will be provided to interested parties.
They also do waistcoats if anyone would like one.
Current Poly/cotton striped blazer details are as follows:
- 6 - 12 blazers £139.00 + vat each
- 13 - 23 blazers £129.00 + vat each
- 24 + blazers £119.00 + vat each
- Waistcoats £69.00 + vat
- Delivery 6 to 7 weeks
If you're interested, please email me at email@example.com, alternatively you can grab me in the club if I am around.
Yours Aye, Jim
Last season there were three part-time contributors under the headings of Chairman's Chirps, Onlooker's View and The Cheesies.
There was an occasional musing from Cobweb Corner, but as last season progressed, they stayed there fearing that relegation was inevitable.
They've stayed cocooned until now. Hopefully, their new found freedom will inspire them to begin their writing again as they will be eager for Clevedon to flourish in their new league.
Information about the Quilter Autumn internationals cab be found on the RFU website here.
The Six Nations 2019 information is here.