The Old Patesians Rugby Club, founded just over a century ago by the athletic former pupils of the Cheltenham Grammar school, has been at the centre of the town’s sporting life since its beginnings. To mark the achievement of 100 years of rugby (1912/13 – 2012/13) the club has published a history which is now available to read as a PDF (see below)
A fascinating story, from the earliest games, the pauses caused by two world wars and the struggles to re-establish the depleted team afterwards is enlivened by historic photographs and press reports of the time. The fluctuating fortunes of the club through the decades are chronicled with many photographs capturing the players in action.
Most interesting are the differences. ( grounds, haircuts, kit etc) and the similarities described ( mud, bravery, friendship, team spirit and more mud) and the accounts of misdemeanors, both rugby and social.
As the tale unfolds and the photos become colour, familiar faces from the more recent history of the club start to appear including a full account of the triumphant 2000/01 season and our victory at Twickenham in the cup.
Several of that glorious team are still propping up the bar to this day but, modest as they are, I wasn’t previously aware of their heroics
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