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1970s & 1980s

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The 1970s started with the Extension to the club being opened. On 8th October 1972 a 21st anniversary match v Cleveland select XV was played.

1971-72 Darryl Grason makes club debut at the age of 13 in our 2nd XV 8-39 defeat at Fyling Hall.
Decimalisation inflation starts to bite. Subs increased to £3.00.


In 1978 the first Sandy Aitchinson Cup Match v Scarborough which Scarborough won it 30-6.

1981-82 The club went on tour to Amsterdam, the players played two games of rugby. Which they won 38-12 v Haarlem RFC and 46-4 v the Smugglers RFC. Also the club visited the largest brewery in Holland.

In 1982 the 1stXV reached the semi-final of the Yorkshire Silver Trophy losing narrowly to eventual winners, Huddersfield YMCA.


1stXV are Durham & Northumberland Div 2 Champions with P33 – W25 – L7 – D1 – F750 – A307. Top try scorer John Wardell with 20. Below is the official opening photo.

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