Archive | August, 2019

A nostalgic look back at Scarborough RUFC 30 years ago.

8 Aug

2019-08-08 PROG 89 COVER

Yesterday my next door neighbour told me that I had given his daughter, who was rugby mad at the time, the programme for Scarborough’s Yorkshire Shield 1st round tie with Goole back in 1989. She returned the programme to me and the memories of that time came flooding back.

The line-up that day included the likes of Gary Hancock and John Brown as halfbacks, Colin Goodall, Charlie Hunter and Andy Naylor in the front row and the redoubtable Colin Rennard and Pete Cox in the second row. Behind them Stuart Prole, Neil Fletcher and Shaun Fearn were the loose forwards.

In the backs Mike Pepper was at fullback with ‘youngsters’ Carl Holdsworth, Nick Parkin, Rob Bell and Will James in the threes. Andy Downes and Richard Alport were on the bench.


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2019-08-08 WRITE UP

The above was my ‘Newby News’ write-up in the middle pages of the programme; if you have a wee read you’ll see such well known players of yesteryear as Rob Hagan, Clive Burnard, Les Guntrip, Ian Parker, Tim Elliot, Dougie ‘mad dog’ Williamson and Barry Swiers.

I Also mentioned  a game at Kelleythorpe between Christmas and New Year when Scarborough were put to the sword by Driffield who won 60-0; we were very luck to get nil!

So there you are,  a bit of nostalgic before the pre-season starts with a friendly with Goole at Silver Royd. However I have combed through the old grey cells and for the life of me I can’t remember who won the Shield Tie that day thirty years ago!






Ulsterman Stuart is Scarborough’s new Rugby Development Officer.

5 Aug



Scarborough has announced the appointment of a new RUGBY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER (RDO) to succeed Jimmy Perrett who has now returned to Australia.

Perrett was the club’s YOUTH DEVELOPMENT OFFICER (YDO) but the Seasiders has expanded the remit of the post which will include coaching their many junior coaches and a broader overview of rugby activities.

Stuart Smyth who hails from Northern Ireland was educated at Grosvenor Grammer School in Belfast and went on to study at Leeds Carnegie University and progressed through the age ranks of the provincial side ULSTER where he played Hooker and has in addition been a Community Rugby Officer for the last year.

During this time Stuart has turned out for Grovenor Rugby Club which plays in Northern Ireland’s first division.

Read my Scarborough rugby page in August’s SCARBOROUGH REVIEW

4 Aug

All the last news from Scarborough RUFC in my FROM THE TOUCHLINE page in Scarborough’s FREE newspaper.

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