Scarborough RUFC old boys set for annual reunion

1955/56 - Attending on the night from the 55/56 squad are: Ernie Cooper, Johnny Swift, Ernie Sargeant. Not in the photo but also attending on the night: David Bates and Colin Frank.
1955/56 - Attending on the night from the 55/56 squad are: Ernie Cooper, Johnny Swift, Ernie Sargeant. Not in the photo but also attending on the night: David Bates and Colin Frank.

Scarborough RUFC players old and new will be at Silver Royd next week for the 11th annual club reunion.

Next Friday’s reunion, which sees the current first-team squad receive their shirts for the season, preceeds the first game of the campaign against Selby the next day on Saturday September 5.

1965/66 - Attending the reunion from the 65/66 are: Paul Hornsey, Rob Lakin, Norman Hopkin, John Oxley, Barry Beanland and Nick Cammish

1965/66 - Attending the reunion from the 65/66 are: Paul Hornsey, Rob Lakin, Norman Hopkin, John Oxley, Barry Beanland and Nick Cammish

There will be a tag rugby tournament including eight teams, before a selection of former players aged over 65 will receive club ties from Nigel Wilson (pictured right).

This year’s recipients are past club president and first -team player Chris Found, former Gulls captain and club vice captain Dave Pratt, club touch judge and referee Mike Pratt, long-serving club physiotherapist Don Glynn and former first-teamer Dave Chapman.

Following the handing out of the ties, Wilson will be presenting the first-team squad with their shirts for the coming season.

Organiser Barry Beanland said: “A number of the first team players this season have come through the ranks at the club, so I thought it would be good to get Nigel to present the ties.

1975/76 - Players from the 75/76 who will be at the reunion: Mike Holder, Colin Rennard, Richard Taylor, Graham Duncan, Richard Pygas, Phil Young, Jim Sheader, Robert Gilbert, Ken Oldroyd, Dave Pettitt and Richard Coates

1975/76 - Players from the 75/76 who will be at the reunion: Mike Holder, Colin Rennard, Richard Taylor, Graham Duncan, Richard Pygas, Phil Young, Jim Sheader, Robert Gilbert, Ken Oldroyd, Dave Pettitt and Richard Coates

“We have to mention the work Keith Marshall did over the years with several of the players who are now forcing their way into the first team.”

Former first team player Duncan Bull, who played for the club in 1985/86, will be travelling from New Zealand to be at the event, while Beanland is also expecting many others to travel from afar to re-unite with some of their former teammates.

Beanland added: “We always get people coming from great distances to be at the reunion, which is great.”

Beanland was quick to thank all those who have helped organise the reunion.

1985/86 - Duncan Bull, Alf Hopkins, Richard Pygas, Richard Alport, Colin Rennard, Colin Goodall, Tim Elliott, Geoff Hill, Shaun Fearn, Nigel Wilson and Joss Stewart will be at the reunion. Bull is travelling from New Zealand.

1985/86 - Duncan Bull, Alf Hopkins, Richard Pygas, Richard Alport, Colin Rennard, Colin Goodall, Tim Elliott, Geoff Hill, Shaun Fearn, Nigel Wilson and Joss Stewart will be at the reunion. Bull is travelling from New Zealand.

He added: “Thanks go to Dave Marsden, Sam and Darrel Conlin for helping organise and to Jez Pratt, who will MC the evening for us.”

The reunion gets under way with the tag rugby tournament at 7pm, with players required to meet at 6.15pm.

It is hoped there will be eight teams contesting the tag tournament, including a team from the club’s ladies team the Valkyries, under-17s and under-16s sides coached by youth development officer Tomasz Chadwick, a team made up of club coaches, teams of current and past players, a Gulls team and a team made up of players from the club’s 1995/96 squad, organised by Phil Barker.

For more details contact the club on 01723 357740.

1995/96 -There will be a team from the 1995/96 squad taking part in the tag rugby tournament on the night, which will be organised by Phil Barker. Matty Else and Tom Fish are still playing for the club currently

1995/96 -There will be a team from the 1995/96 squad taking part in the tag rugby tournament on the night, which will be organised by Phil Barker. Matty Else and Tom Fish are still playing for the club currently

2005/06 - Most of the 2005/06 squad will be at Silver Royd for the reunion, while Matt Purnell, Rob Dean, Paul White, Charlie Hoggard, Andy Downes, Graeme Jeffrey and Tom Fish still play for the club

2005/06 - Most of the 2005/06 squad will be at Silver Royd for the reunion, while Matt Purnell, Rob Dean, Paul White, Charlie Hoggard, Andy Downes, Graeme Jeffrey and Tom Fish still play for the club