Players past and present set to gather for annual reunion

Scarborough RUFCs first team after forming the club in 1926-27 							           Pictures submitted by Scarborough RUFC and Steve Lilly
Scarborough RUFCs first team after forming the club in 1926-27 Pictures submitted by Scarborough RUFC and Steve Lilly

Scarborough RUFC are set to welcome some familiar faces from years gone by at their annual reunion on Friday September 2.

Once again, club stalwart Barry Beanland has dived into the archives in advance of the reunion, which coincides with the club’s 90th anniversary.
The reunion gets under way at 6.30pm with a remembrance service in the club’s gardens, conducted by reverend Mike Leigh.
The six-team tag rugby tournament kicks off at 7pm, which is being organised by Darrell and Sam Conlin, and is open to anyone who wants to don the boots and take to the pitch.
Following the tag rugby action, the presentation of the commemorative ties to ex-players aged 75 or over will take place from 9pm.
Twenty-nine ex players have received ties so far, and Beanland will be dishing out a further six this year before the 2016/17 squad are handed their shirts for the season and the tag rugby trophy is presented to the winning team.
A host of players from the hugely succesful club sides of the 1960s will be present on the evening to catch up with their former teammates.
The 1962/63 side made it to a cup semi-final, while later in the decade the 1968/69 side went a whole season only losing one game.
Some of those players from the 60s will be presenting this year’s squad with their shirts.
In addition to the pictures of former teams (right), Beanland also scoured the club archives for the minutes of the club’s first six meetings of club officials back in 1926.
The first meeting took place on Thursday November 1926, where around 40 attended and decided to form the club, before a second meeting on December 20 decided on club colours (blue and white hooped jerseys with red stockings and blue shorts) and pitch (Scarborough Association Football Club) were both decided upon, with the club paying £5 for every advertised match at their Athletic Ground.

The clubs 1962-63 side made it to a cup semi-final in a successful season

The clubs 1962-63 side made it to a cup semi-final in a successful season

Scarboroughs success in the 1960s continued into the 1966-67 campaign

Scarboroughs success in the 1960s continued into the 1966-67 campaign

Scarboroughs hugely successful 1968-69 side only lost one game all season

Scarboroughs hugely successful 1968-69 side only lost one game all season