Archive | May, 2012


29 May



Scarborough rugby club’s head coach Dave Beck stood down at the end of last week due to family reasons. Dave arrived at Newby in 2004 and has been at the helm during a period of great change at the club. He has shown great commitment and loyalty to a club where his father Dick Beck played in the 1950’s and  brought organization and planning to the playing side.However with his daughter being diagnosed with Leukaemia he has decided to end his time in charge and devote his time to looking after her. I’m sure the thoughts of everyone at Silver Royd are with him and his family at this time.


27 May



It’s been a busy sporting weekend with Rugby League’s ‘Magic Weekend’  from from the Etihad Stadium , the Aviva Premiership Grand Final and England versus The Barbarians today.  I may be proved wrong but the attendance seemed relatively sparse at Man City’s ground for a fair few of the games on Saturday and Sunday with perhaps Leeds-Bradford and Wigan-St Helens being the exception. I understand the powers that be in Rugby League continually striving to bring the game to a wider audience but hawking it around for me has had the opposite effect; with the appearance of a game desperate for acceptance outside it’s heartland. A note of caution here: when rugby union went open I wrote that I didn’t believe there was a fan-base to sustain a professional club game; this year’s massive crowds which turned up for club games at Wembley and Twickenham have certainly proved me very wrong!  So What the hell do I know! Quite a lot of people turned up at the J.M. Guthrie clubhouse at Scarborough rugby club on Saturday to watch the Premiership final on TV; they were disappointed as the game was on ESPN. I did mention this earlier in the week; however a few hardy souls did gather round a table and watched the game on a mobile phone!  A Win for Roy Hogdson’s England in Norway (1-0) yesterday evening was pretty tame stuff and England’s 57-26 defeat of the Barbarians at Twickenham today was predictable. The real test for both sides is to come in Ukraine and South Africa respectively and I can’t wait for those. Finally closer to home former Hull KR star Craig Farrell made his début for Scarborough Pirates yesterday and scored two tries in the Eastfield-based outfit’s 30-24 win at Leeds Akkies. He was also named man of the match. That’s to in a row for Pirates and a successful season beckons.


Darren Fearn

24 May
Bedford Blues

Bedford Blues (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My friend Mick McGuinn ran into Darren Fearn today and he confirmed that he had moved from Newcastle Falcons to  Bedford Blues. I’ve known Darren all of his life really as I wet his after he was born and have followed his career since. Although the move is from the Premiership to the Championship I think it will be great for him as I’m sure he’ll get more first XV rugby next season.  Darren, 23, was born and raised in Yorkshire and started his playing career as a mini with Scarborough before moving to Newcastle to study at Northumbria University. After playing for Blaydon in the 2008/9 season and picking up an England Students cap, he was awarded a full time deal with the Falcons which coincided with his studies. At six foot three inches tall and tipping the scales at the 20 stone mark, Darren is certain to make an impact in the Blues’ front row next season. Best of luck Daz!



‘Welsh’ stymied!

23 May

I’ve just seen on the internet that London Welsh have been denied their chance to move up to the Premiership following an RFU meeting this afternoon. So once more Newcastle who have struggled for years,  gets off the hook. I must admit I am really pleased for ‘Deano’ who was the guest speaker at Scarborough’s sportsman’s dinner at the start of last season. The big fella’ admitted to his part in ‘bloodgate’ and held up his hands. However it all looks farcical when you think that relegated Leeds who were struggling to get a couple of thousand to their home games last season are now hawking their home games around a few poorly supported clubs in Yorkshire. I’m completely biased but when one looks at the attendances at Scarborough and  the magnificent facilities at Silver Royd it really makes you wonder where the union game is going.      A busy stand at Scarborough – see below:



23 May

The first leg of the Championship final takes place in Penzance this evening with London Welsh taking on the Cornish Pirates. Due to the demands of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) no matter what the outcome, the Pirates won’t be going up as their facilities don’t satisfy the requirements of the Rugby Game board to play in the Aviva Premiership. To further complicate things London Welsh don’t know if their proposed move to the Kassam Stadium in Oxford will meet with approval of the board. They will know before the 7.45pm kick off of the game. If both sides are prevented from moving up WHAT IS THE POINT OF THE GAME?



22 May

Scarborough’s ARL side the Pirates won their first game on the road at Bradford Barbarians  last Saturday. Tom Ratcliffe and Craig Farrell who played for Scarborough RU last season have been reported as having signed for the Pirates for this season. Both have RL pedigrees; Tom played for a British Colleges side and Craig was a professional with amongst other clubs Hull KR. Ratcliffe didn’t get among the tries in the Eastfield-based side’s comfortable 24-10 win but played well converting two tries. Craig Farrell missed the game due to a family bereavement.

Tom Ratcliffe scores for SRUFC against YORK RU


22 May

Although the summer is upon us I thought I would make my way up to Silver Royd on Saturday to watch the Aviva Premiership Grand Final between Quins and Tigers on the big screen in the J.M. Guthrie clubhouse. Much to my consternation I noted in the Radio Times today that the game would be shown exclusively on ESPN!………….ES (what)!  We only have SKY SPORTS so it’ll have to be the second test and a couple of pints with the other old codgers. Who watches ESPN anyway?

ESPN Scrum

What a game!

21 May

What a day of Sport it was last Saturday! Although I was disappointed by the Heineken Cup Final between Leinster and Ulster which in the end was won quite comfortably by Leinster, the Champion’s League final more than made up for it. What a tense and dramatic evening; I thought that  Chelsea had blown it when Drogba conceded the injury time penalty but not for the first time he came up with the goods slotting the spot kick that won the game 4-3 on penalties. I had to calm myself down by watching the conclusion of the Danish/Swedish thriller ‘The Bridge’ on the BBC!



Introducing myself

17 May


I’ve just created this blog. My name is Dave Campbell and I have been writing on Rugby Union  in the Scarborough Evening News for over 20 years. I’m also the Communications Director of Scarborough RUFC Ltd, a club I’ve been involved with since 1979. The Scarborough Evening News is going on-line from the end of May 2012 and will be re-branded the Scarborough News. It will produce a print edition weekly every Thursday and from the start of season 2012-2013 I hope to continue writing in the print edition. Scarborough RUFC moved into a £5M new complex in early 2009 and is now one of the most progressive junior clubs in England but more on that in the coming days!  Although I’ve been a rugby journalist for many years I’m also a big football and cricket fan and when I have something to say on those sports I won’t be backwards in coming forward!!   I’ll have plenty to blog about in the coming months with the British home countries on tour in the southern hemispher, Euro 2012 and some exciting test matches in the offing. I’ll keep you up to date on what’s happening at Scarborough rugby club: comings, goings and news of any new signings particularly from abroad. However, I’ll have to get the hang of doing this blog first…..I’ll talk to you soon.
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