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10 Oct

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A fond memory of Peter Emms

I’m sure if you talk to his club-mates, teammates and friends their memories would undoubtedly be of Peter Emms’ exploits on the rugby field and on the Gulls tours we all enjoyed; however one of my fondest memories of Peter was of a blustery early summer day at the end of the eighties spent walking and collecting money for children’s Leukaemia. Ian (now Sir Ian) Botham was on the Whitby-Scarborough leg of his east coast walk and as part of the support to the walk given by rugby club’s along the way, Peter and I volunteered to walk with ‘Beefy’ and his entourage which included Lancashire and England cricketers Graham Fowler and Neil Fairbrother and a reporting team from BBC Radio One. Setting off from Whitby at around 10am, Pete ‘power walked’ and being a long-distance runner at the time, I jogged along with the big man en-route collecting a huge amount of cash from the generous north Yorkshire public in plastic buckets. By the time we reached Scarborough the entourage had grown in number with folks joining in from Scalby down to Sandside where the walk ended and we faded into the background. My companion enjoyed his customary après-match (walk) cigarette and we both enjoyed a couple of pints at a hostelry nearby. However we were not forgotten and Ian and his wife Kath invited us to dinner and drinks with our wives at the Clifton Hotel that evening where Pete turned out to be a formidable raconteur in exalted company. A great night was had by all and I subsequently found out that my walking companion had also made a generous contribution to Sir Ian’s charity. Typical of the man; he’ll by sorely missed.

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 A late 80’s beardless and weirdly bespectacled me and a youthful Peter relax with a pint after walking with Ian Botham from Whitby. 

Last week while Scarborough were battling to a 17-17 draw at Ilkley, I was enjoying a day out with my wife in Oban whilst on a short holiday with my family in Scotland. However I managed to follow the game ton TWITTER and as I boarded the West Highland Line train back to Dumbarton (where I was born) we were trailing 14-17 with minutes to go. I lost Signal as we journeyed south through the magnificent lochs, glens and mountains of Argyllshire and was very relieved when I got a signal again and found out that the boot of Tom Ratcliffe had earned us a draw. I have read Phil Stewart’s full report in the Scarborough News today and it looks as if another magnificent defensive display earned us a couple of points. 

For Saturday’s game against Dinnington, Coach Lee Douglas’ team shows several changes from last week; scrum-half Zbynec Schutz and centre Jan Teiber have flown back to the Czech Republic on international duty and Jake Rollinson  and Rich Holmes deputize. Ian Williams is preferred to Mark Hopper at hooker and Tommy Goodman comes in for Paul Taylor. Ryan Pickering, Rob Sutton and Andy Baird are on the bench. Dinnington have made a positive start to the season with three wins out of five games and should provide stiff opposition; last week they too strong for Bridlington at Dukes Park running out convincing 45-17 winners.  Scarborough are by a long way have the meanest defence in Yorkshire One, conceding only 41 points so far this season. However they have only notched up 120 league points so far and have only one bonus point for scoring four or more tries so that’s something to work on. 

The biggest surprise in Yorkshire One last week was Doncaster Phoenix’s 23-20 win at York whilst to a lesser extent the margin of Dinnington’s win at Bridlington and Acklam’s narrow 33-26 home defeat by North Ribblesdale were unexpected. Apart from Scarborough-Dinnington, the other standout fixture this week is the visit of league-leaders York to third placed Wath. If you can’t get up to Silver Royd on Saturday keep in touch with the game on TWITTER at @SN Sport and the game is being covered live by BBC RADIO YORK.

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