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News this week

13th April 2019

"Gordano Doubled"

Weave: Former players, Hughes, Derrick and Lester...

This very local derby had everything - sunshine, a big crowd, drama and controversy. It also drew a lot of former players from both sides to The Vale for this last league game of the season.

Some of these old players like Hughes, Derrick and Lester played for both clubs back in the day, so their loyalties must've been torn, but they weren't letting on.

With a temporary outside bar selling only cider of lager, the atmosphere became party-like as the verbal exchanges between both sets of supporters became robust and entertaining.

All local derbies should be like this!

Forthcoming events to note in your diary

13th April 2019

"RMA Gala Dinner"

RMA Gala Dinner

Good food, good wine, good company and all for a good cause, The Royal Marines association.

"RMA versus Clevedon Vets"

RMA versus Clevedon Vets

Rugby, Cider, Music... what more could you want!!

"Dinner & Dance"

Annual Dinner and Dance

This is a whole club event and everyone is welcome - players, supporters, husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, mums, dads, and anyone hasn't been mentioned.

Tickets are available from behind the bar. There is no reserving of tickets and they are on a first come, first served basis.

Don't miss out on this great way to end the season.

Kate Alder - City slicker

13th April 2019

"Wasps FC Ladies article courtesy of The Daily Telegraph"

Credit: Jeff Gilbert and Daily Telegraph

Kate Alder juggles City career with Wasps captaincy as underdogs look to stage Saracens Premier 15s upset.

Kate Alder looks every inch the City professional in her smart pencil skirt sipping on a peppermint tea in a restaurant close to her office. But when asked if she partakes in happy hour cocktails in similar upscale establishments, she chuckles: "Where would I find the time? I train with Wasps Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday."

The 26-year-old club captain is the perfect example of what many in women's rugby circles refer to as "professionals with a small p", meaning they invest the same time and dedication as professionals but must hold down a day job. Although there are 28 full-time female professionals contracted by the Rugby Football Union, there are more than 600 players involved in Premier 15s and Alder's lifestyle epitomises the majority.

It is apparent that Alder, originally from Somerset, leads something of a double life. In the evenings and at weekends, she trades her demure persona as a recruitment specialist for delivering rollicking team talks. Also at a diminutive 5ft 2in, she relishes bringing strength and aggression to her game.

"You have chosen to play a physical sport, so you need to be physical and aggressive on the right side of the law," she says. "My job in the team talk is to get their adrenalin levels to the stage where they want to tackle and hit people hard because that is how you win games. I have to get the girls ready for battle."

Alder, a graduate of Exeter University, is yet to be capped by her country, so had a daunting task as captain when a raft of big-name England internationals past and present joined the club last season. With another laugh she recalls: "I get really passionate with my team talks and, for some reason, I just couldn't swear for the first time in my captaincy career the first time I did my team talk with Rocky Clark, Amy Cokayne, Danielle Waterman. So, I was saying, 'Flipping hit them really hard' and Rocky said, 'I think what she means to say is 'f------ hit them' and that just broke the ice."

Credit: Jeff Gilbert and Daily Telegraph

Despite attracting top England players and Ireland international Claire Molloy, considered one of the best back rows in the global game, Wasps FC Ladies have minimal links to the men's professional side now based in Coventry and as a result do not have the same resources as the likes of Saracens, their opponents this weekend.

Earlier this week The Daily Telegraph revealed that Saracens, along with Bristol Bears, are offering their players contracts, albeit unpaid.

It is paving the way for professionalism in the women's club game but such is Wasps' situation, players still prepare all their own meals and pay for essentials such as supplements.

Alder says: "There is no surprise that Quins and Sarries came out as the top two. You look at their social media, their support packages, their gym facilities, they have more opportunities and they run with them. As a result a cycle develops where they attract more players, get better players and they get more funding. We are still very much that rough and ready squad but we have amazing players with an incredible and tough coach in Giselle Mather.

"I think we have a good balance where we are professional in that we train four nights a week, have incredible strength and conditioning and analysis but we still have that more rough-and-ready vibe, and I love that."

Mather, a 1994 Women's Rugby World Cup winner, has been a trailblazer as the first woman to become an RFU level four-certified coach and worked nurturing young male talent at London Irish such as Anthony Watson before taking up her role with Wasps.

It is through Mather that a fusion of professionalism is being met with fun and although all eyes are on upsetting Saracens, Alder concludes: "It has to be fun because it isn't as if our weeks aren't stressful enough. We play rugby because we absolutely love it. For whatever weird reason, we like running into people with our bodies, we choose to do it.

"If there are moments where it gets too angsty, one of the girls will say, 'I didn't drag my arse here not to enjoy myself' because we have given up so much to get here."



Clevedon 22 Gordano 21

13th April 2019

"Bragging rights equal"

Team:Ethan Thomas, Ryan Hervey, Tyrell Fakoya, Adam Coles, Matt Fisher, Tom Thie, Ashley Vailes, Bryan Largenton, Matt Honour(c), Blaise Bosley, Ben Chase, William Trollope, Rory Biggins, Dave Rawle, Toby Ford. Replacements: Warren Taylor, Rory McGuigan, Grant Cherrington. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.

Weave: Largenton powers through to score...

Gordano were hoping to finish above Clevedon in the league and retain bragging rights until next season and all they needed was a bonus point to do so.

The game started well for Clevedon as their power-pack dominated the exchanges. The first 15 minutes saw Clevedon racing to a 10-0 lead and looking confident.

Those old fogies on the sideline were already predicting a huge win for Clevedon. How wrong they were. The cannier ones amongst them knew that the Gordano backs were sharper than the creases in coach Nick Hill's tracksuit and the game would soon change.

And so it did.

Gordano scored a converted try to trail 10-7 and then increased their lead with a further two converted tries for a 10-21 scoreline.

There it stayed for while as Clevedon slowly began to claw the deficit back. Gordano didn't score again and thought they had the game won until an alleged deliberate knock gave Clevedon one final 5 metre srcum with the clock in the red. From this scrum Largenton went over for his second try and a final scoreline of 22-21 in Clevedon's favour.

Gordano were gutted, Clevedon were elated when the ref blew for full time and the end of a roller-coaster season.

This result and the manner in which Clevedon completed the double will rumble on all summer long throughout the pubs and bars of North Somerset.

Have a good one everyone.



Content Wanted

14th August 2018

"Are you keen to write?"

Last season there were three part-time contributors under the headings of Chairman's Chirps, Onlooker's View and The Cheesies.

There was an occasional musing from Cobweb Corner, but as last season progressed, they stayed there fearing that relegation was inevitable.

They've stayed cocooned until now. Hopefully, their new found freedom will inspire them to begin their writing again as they will be eager for Clevedon to flourish in their new league.

England Internationals

14th August 2018

"Use these links to find out more"

Information about the Quilter Autumn internationals cab be found on the RFU website here.

The Six Nations 2019 information is here.

HEADCASE:

"Prevent concussion in rugby!"

It is crucial that all players, parents, coaches and officials are aware of the correct management of concussion.

Please use this link to look at the current RFU advice and management. It includes guidance for players, parents, coaches and officials.




News this week

4th April 2019

"HWO against Wells"

Wells are unable to raise a side this week and Clevedon have been given 5 points as a result.

Despite there being no game at home, the clubhouse will be open for the Bristol Bath Clash at Twickers, so get on down there and have some fun.



News this week

23rd March 2019

"A fine win"

A very welcome four points for Clevedon in a pulsating game at home. The local chit-chat said they played really well and tackled their hearts out. The only downside being the loss through of flanker Rory McQuigan and the very influential full back Jordan. A speedy recovery to you both.



Chipping Sodbury 10 Clevedon 16

23rd March 2019

Team:Jordan Mein, Matt Fisher, Lewis O'Brien, Adam Coles, Ryan Hervey, Tom Thie, Ethan Thomas, Bryan Largenton, Jack Crew, Blaise Bosley, Ben Chase, William Trollope, Toby Ford, Rory McGuigan, Warren Taylor. Replacements: Ollie Jones, Tyrell Fakoya, Jack Fowler. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.

Weave: Skervy Hervey scores...

Clevedon travel to Chosen Hill Former Pupils on Saturday with the coach leaving at 11:30.

Chairman's Chirps

23rd March 2019

"Hard fought win"

A well-earned, hard-fought win for Clevedon this week. We looked to have learnt from our earlier loss on the road to Chipping Sodbury. They brought what looked like an even bigger side to the Vale than we one that ran riot earlier in the season.

A slow start again by the Seasiders had us all thinking this was going to be more of the same as Chipping Sodbury scored an early converted try after some weak defence. Groundhog Day?

The early try seemed to galvanise Clevedon. They gathered resolve and some stout defence and a will to but their bodies on the line proved decisive for this young Clevedon side. Some big hits stopping their hard-running backs and big pack before they could get up a head of steam.

The Clevedon scrum again proved to be a good avenue of attack as a break down the blindside by Ryan Hervey resulted in a converted try, evening up the scores. Penalties were exchanged with the hosts finishing the half with a 13 - 10 lead.

The second half saw Sodbury with most of the possession but time and time again errors were forced by the tenacious defence shown by the young'uns under the tutelage of stalwarts Tom T and Brian Largenton. The only score of the second half was a penalty put over by Jordan Mein but the half was anything but tedious. Sodbury threw everything at us and a try saving tackle by the 1st team debutant, Ethan Thomas towards the end proved to be significant as Clevedon secured a merited victory 16 - 10.

Onwards and upwards. Chosen Hill FP next week. Coach to leave at 1130.

"When someone says you can't do it, do it twice and take pictures".

Yours Aye, Jim



Forthcoming Events

26th January 2019

Forthcoming Events...Put the following dates in your diary to ensure you don't miss these exciting and fun-packed events. Also, ensure you book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Race Night...The first event will be a race night on Saturday, 9th February at 1930. Races and Jockeys are on sale at teh bar now and MUST be purchased before the event.

Six Nations Dinner...The second event is A Six Nations Dinner on the 15th March with guest speaker Mark "Ronnie" Reagan. Check in with Martyn behind the bar to secure your seats.

The third event is not until the end of the season on the weekend of the 25th to the 27th April, which is a charity match against the Royal Marines vets side and will incorporate a cider festival the whole weekend. More information can be obtained from that former Booty, Jim McVeigh.

Dinner and Dance...The final event will be the Annual Dinner and Dance at the Walton Park hotel on Friday, 10th May. See Mister Tucker for more info.



Minis and Juniors Twickenham ticket offer

9th January 2019

Direct from the RFU!

The Clash: Bath v Bristol

Bath Rugby host West Country rivals Bristol Bears in The Clash: A Gallagher Premiership showdown at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 6 April 2019 (KO 2pm).

This is a great opportunity for young, aspiring rugby players to see world-class rugby on the biggest stage and we are delighted to be able to bring your club an exclusive ticket offer:

* Adult Category 2 tickets: £15 (save 50%)

* Under-16 Category 2 tickets: £10

The Clash: Bath v Bristol

There will be a whole host of entertainment on offer before and after the match, making this a fantastic day out for the whole family.

Tickets can be purchased individually or collectively by contacting your Chairman Jim McVeigh, who will assist you with your request.

We look forward to welcoming your club to Twickenham in April.

A whole day of entertainment

Now in its third year, The Clash has built up an unrivalled reputation for its all-round entertainment offering: 80 minutes of rugby surrounded by music, activities and great food and drink to keep all the family happy. Get a taste of what's in store by watching the video here.


Six Nations Round 5 Results

17th March 2019, 09:19

"...and the winners are"

Six Nations Predictions

Matt Stephens ends up in first place courtesy of the high scoring draw between England and Scotland.

For the last two rounds Paul Scott has been top dog due to his points difference, but suffered because of that draw.

The remaining winners are Matt Hobbs, Marc McDonald, M. Concannon and Ivor Tingle.

Congratulations to you all and a great many thanks to all of you that have entered.

The prizes in order are: £100, £75, £50, £20, £10 and £5 and will be winging their way to winners next week.?

Thanks and Cheers, Weave & Crunch



News this week

9th March 2019

"Only four games left"

After 22 games...

These four games will no doubt put Clevedon supporters through the ringer, so you lovely first team boys ought to prevent that with a couple of good wins early on.



PureComms Sponsorship

14th March 2019

"Changing Rooms"

PureComms Sponsorship...

Purecomms take their sponsorship seriously.

As you can be seen in the image, they have created a changing room effect (without that unique smell!) at their offices and have hung rugby shirts for all their visitors to see.

They support both Clevedon and Nailsea & Backwell rugby clubs and without sponsors like PureComms rugby clubs like ours would struggle to make ends meet.

Thank you for your support.



Chew Valley 29 Clevedon 13

9th March 2019

Team:Jordan Mein, Matt Fisher, Lewis O'Brien, Adam Coles, Mitchell Jordan, Tom Thie, Ashley Vailes, Bryan Largenton, Matt Honour(c), Blaise Bosley, Warren Taylor, William Trollope, Toby Ford, Jack Crew, Gary Carpenter. Replacements: Ben Chase, Jack Fowler. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.

Weave: Big G on the charge...

There is no game next week. Clevedon's next game is at home to Chipping Sodbury on the 23rd March.

Why not get down to the club next week and watch all three internationals and make a day of it. Plenty of people will, so get down early and secure your spot - near the bar, loo or screen. It's your choice.

There's a few pints in it for you all!!

Chairman's Chirps

10 March 2019

"He's trying to find the words"



Six Nations Round 4 Results

10th March 2019, 17:50

"Only two with full marks"

Six Nations Predictions

There are only two people with a 12 from 12 record and they are Paul Scott and Matt Stephens.

Prizes are down to sixth place and the others are currently held by Colin Davies, Kev Lennox, Mike Blades and Paul Squires.

If you're nerdy enough to analyse the results yourself, you will soon realise that the points difference tie-breaker will decide the outcome. If Italy beat France and Ireland beat Wales then the top 6 will change dramatically and some people will be disappointed. The permutations are endless!

The prizes in order are: £100, £75, £50, £20, £10 and £5 - worth winning don't you think?

Cheers, Weave & Crunch



News this week

2nd March 2019

"Saxons clinch promotion"

Clevedon Saxons promoted...

Clevedon 1st team lost against lower placed Cheltenham, which was a huge disappointment for everyone concerned, especially as the previous two weeks have seen Clevedon win and gain 10 points..

Nevermind, eh?

At least the seconds didn't disappoint and beat Yatton 66 nil to gain promotion to Somerset Two North for next season. Well done to them all!!

Read the report here.



Clevedon 6 Cheltenham 24

2nd March 2019

Team:Jordan Mein, Ryan Hervey, Lewis O'Brien, Adam Coles, Mitchell Jordan, Tom Thie, Ashley Vailes, Bryan Largenton, Matt Honour(c), Blaise Bosley, Warren Taylor, William Trollope, Toby Ford, Harvey Russell, Dave Rawle. Replacements: Matt Fisher, Ollie Jones, Tyrell Fakoya. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.

Weave: Mind the gap...

Clevedon were brought down to earth by a vastly different Cheltenham team from the one they played away. Apparently, they have recruited new players to try and stave off relegation and it seems to be working. Good luck to them.

Having said that, Clevedon had the upperhand in the scrums, but were outplayed around the park and not like the side of the previous weeks.

Enough said. Clevedon move on to next week away against Chew Valley for a 14:30 kick off.

Read the report here.

Chairman's Chirps

5th March 2019

"Salad dodger"

Jimmy McV - Salad Dodger...

The day started off pretty well with a pre-match ploughman's. Regrettably, not a lover of mouse-meat and have always been a salad dodger, so not an ideal meal for yours truly. However, it was shared in good company.

The Cheltenham committee and supporters are one of the clubs that share the same values as ourselves when it comes to our noble sport.

Unfortunately for us, we could not repeat our earlier efforts in the season when we visited Cheltenham. As Tom T said in his after-game Man of the Match 2 minutes, "This was a different team to whom we played earlier in the season".

The Seasiders were on the end of a convincing win by Cheltenham to the tune of 6-24. We held our own in the first half going in with a 6-5 lead, courtesy of 2 penalties to 1 unconverted try.

Cheltenham always looked dangerous and are enhanced with the new Fijian recruits. They went on to a 19 point to nil 2nd half haul to run out winners.

To be fair our visitors, they do not look like a relegation bound team and hopefully we will see them back at the Vale next year.

Congrats must go to the 2's who ran out 0-66 winners over our near neighbours Yatton to clinch promotion.

BZ to Nick Wilson and the boys and I hope the ensuing hangovers were not too severe.

So, onwards and upwards as we look to visit table toppers Chew Valley next week.

"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard".

Yours Aye, Jim



Six Nations Round 3 Results

25th February 2019, 19:25

"Are you in the top 4??"

Six Nations Predictions

This has be reduced in dramatic fashion to just 4 people who have a nine from nine record.

This was down from 40 people (six from six) in the second round after the best Welsh team ever beat England in Cardiff.

Cheers, Weave & Crunch



News this week

23rd February 2019

"Another 5 pointer"

Crunch: Keep The Old Farts happy...

...or should that read "Another 5 pinter".

Clevedon were well worth the 5 points and the pints, scoring four good tries and moving themselves further away from the relegation zone.

Another few performances like that and the Old Farts can rest easy!



Clevedon 27 Avonmouth 8

23rd January 2019

Team:Matt Fisher, Ryan Hervey, Lewis O'Brien, Tyrell Fakoya, Mitchell Jordan, Tom Thie, Ashley Vailes, Bryan Largenton, Matt Honour(c), Blaise Bosley, Warren Taylor, Ben Chase, Toby Ford, Harvey Russell, Dave Rawle. Replacements: Ollie Jones, Jack Fowler. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Meil Tucker.

Crunch: More dominant scrummaging...

Next Saturday, Clevedon play Cheltenham at home for a 14:30 kick off, preceded as usual by a lunch, a pint and a raffle.

Chairman's Chirps

24th February 2019

"Land of Dragons"

Yes Mum, a bloody big Dragon...

Looks like I made a bad choice by visiting the Land of Dragons instead of the Vale. From reports received, I missed a good win by the boys. I was kept up to speed with the score by the President and I was in high spirits when notified of a 27-8 win. England playing OK and leading after the first period.

Not to be though as Wales wanted and got, the well-deserved win over their nearest and dearest rivals.

Cardiff on Saturday night was not the best place to be for any English. Went to bed early to avoid the Dragons.

BZ to the 1st team and looking forward to another W when Cheltenham visit next week. Wishing the 2's success in their promotion push when they visit Yatton.

Yours Aye, Jim



Six Nations Round 3 Results

25th February 2019, 19:25

"Are you in the top 4??"

Six Nations Predictions

This has be reduced in dramatic fashion to just 4 people who have a nine from nine record.

This was down from 40 people (six from six) in the second round after the best Welsh team ever beat England in Cardiff.

Cheers, Weave & Crunch



News this week

16th February 2019

"Avonmouth KO now 14:00"

Tomorrow's home game against Avonmouth is now a 14:00 kick off with the pre- match lunch at 13:00.

This is so everyone can watch the game without missing any, especially the first three minutes!



"A winning clubhouse"

Michael 'Three Gins' Thomas

The firsts won away at Barton Hill and were well worth their win by all accounts. President Michael Thomas celebrates by enjoying several drinks before his walk home

Captain Matt Honour returned victorious from the club he captained 12 years ago. None of his former playing mates were playing, but he did play against the son of one of them. Nostalgia ain't what it used to be, eh Matt?

Another notable win for Clevedon was for the Seconds against Nailsea & Backwell in a top of the table clash. After last weeks unexpected loss against Imperial Ringers, the seconds needed to win this to give themselves a good chance of promotion. They did so emphatically, winning 55-7 in an entertaining free-flowing game.

They only have one game left against Yatton on the 2nd March. If they get a bonus point win that they will be promoted, despite N&B having a game in hand, which would be a great achievement given the ups and downs over the past two seasons.



Chairman's Chirps

18 February 2019

"Reasons to be cheerful 1 - 2 - 3"

A drink bought for the President...Mini scarf...The Presdent has left the building...

1. First 15 win away at Barton Hill.

A much-needed win on the road. A couple more like this and we should be safe and clear of the dreaded relegation zone. The writing was on the wall after the first scrum in the Barts red zone as the Clevedon pack showed their dominance with a push over try. The Seasiders built on this in the first half playing down the slope with another pushover and a couple of penalties going into the interval with a healthy 3 - 20 lead.

To be honest, I thought Barts would come back at us in the second half with the slope advantage, but resolute defence was the order of the day resulting in nil points for them.

2. Seconds win at home.

This was a big win over Nailsea and Backwell at the Vale in an all or nothing game. A top of the table clash ending with a score of 55-7 to Clevedon. Brings us to the brink of promotion and a better fixture list for next season.

3. A most auspicious result.

Picture 1 - A drink bought for the President by Chalky "Deep Pockets" Whyte!

So, all in all a good day all round for Clevedon RFC. The clubhouse was buzzing with a few celebratory drinks being consumed. Pity Nick Wilson was ill, but Ollie made up for you.

Picture 2 - Our esteemed Editor adorned with mini scarf rubbing Pottsy's nose in it, double parking when our large friend is on stoppage of alcohol. Bad drill.

Picture 3 - The President has left the building. 'Nuff said.

Yours Aye, Jim



Six Nations Round 2 Results

10th February 2019, 17:07

"Are you in the top 40??"

Six Nations Predictions

Whittled down to 40 people.

Cheers, Weave & Crunch



Avonmouth game POSTPONED

9th February 2019

"Waterlogged Pitch"

After an early morning pitch inspection today's game has been cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch.

However, the Six Nations is still on though, so get yourselves down to to the club for a few pints. Hopefully, I'll see you there!.

Yours Aye, Jim



Six Nations Round 1 Results

4th February 2019, 09:59

"Are you in the top 51??"

Six Nations Predictions

Please accept our apologies for the lateness of the results. A sudden flurry of entries just before kick off on Friday caused mayhem, especially when the dopey webmaster was away in London.

Anyway, thanks to everyone for entering this year's Six Nations prediction competition, especially Weave's mate John Parsons at Rolls Royce, who must've been very busy at lunchtimes selling them.

There are 51 people with all three results correct - Are you one of them?

If France hadn't fallen foul of the spot-fixers {;>), there would have 39 different people at the top - who says luck doesn't play a part in it?.

If you have any queries or think your entry is incorrect, please make yourself known to us and we'll endeavour to sort it out.

Cheers, Weave & Crunch



Chairman's Chirps

28th January 2019

"What a trip"

What a trip...

A pleasant if not roundabout trip up the M5 to Stroud. Followed by a friendly and generous welcome from the Stroud Committee. Pleasantries were exchanged and a few comments made on the blazers as there were a few in attendance. The caulie-eared large fellow was in his element as sausage and chips was the meal on offer. Not sure how many cartons he scoffed but was no more than 4 as we were caught on the hop with the 1415 kick off.

Another cold, windy and at times wet day was not conclusive to a running game of rugby. However, the last time we met at the Vale, Clevedon ran out convincing winners with a forward dominated performance. Not so today, as changes had to be made in the pack due to player unavailability.

A combative encounter ensued between two equally matched sides. The game was error strewn which was only to be expected in the conditions. Clevedon had the best of starts going 7 - 0 up with an intercept try scored and converted by Jordan Mein. A stunned Stroud supporter was overheard to pass comment "quit being polite and friendly to those blazer clad w*****s"... or words to that effect. Maybe not so courteous after all!!.

The home side soon hit back with a try of their own and scored again towards the end of the half after a clanger on a Clevedon lineout gifted them another 7 points. 14 - 7 at the break.

Both sides had chances of tries but these opportunities went begging in a hard fought 2nd half. Penalties were exchanged resulting in 2 penalties to 1 in favour of Clevedon. The Seasiders were banging on the door in the final minutes and Stroud were relieved when the 80 was up and they kicked the ball out for a battling win at home. The result, 17 - 13 to the hosts with Jordan Mein scoring all our points.

Back in the Stroud clubhouse, yours truly made the best decision of the day by approaching the Ed for a lift back to Clevedon. Our lady driver for the second time, did not instil much confidence. Needless to say, the No Necks left at the same time as the coach, went off route to drop of one of its members and still beat the bus back to Clevedon by well over an hour!

Looking forward to our next away trip with Blue Iris.

Yours Aye, Jim



News this week

26th January 2019

"HWO controversy!"

Tribute Somerset 3 North Table

There was only one game last Saturday and that was the first team away to Stroud.

The seconds were due to play Winscombe at home, but it didn't happen, because Winscombe cried off late on Friday evening.

Apart from being extremely bad manners, this late cry-off meant that all the food preparations were wasted and the club was like the Mary Celeste, devoid of any life (apart from Martyn the Bar Steward - does this count?) until 14:30. Even then, the clubhouse never filled up as it would've done, despite the Bristol game being on telly and the Cheese Club holding fort on their usual delicatessen table - maybe they could take over the Tesco ones that are being axed? Anyway...

...one other thing.

Home walkovers are all well and good and it's 5 points in the bag and all that, but come the end of the season when the only promotion chance is to win the league, points difference could be the decider.

Is this fair do you think? Hopefully, the league may have some formula to mitigate the HWO results. With a maximum of 12 games in this league, Clevedon seconds have had three HWOs already. With four games left to play, they have a good chance of the league title, but must keep winning to ensure top spot, despite the HWO situation.

Rant over.



Stroud 17 Clevedon 13

26th January 2019

"Expectations were high"

Team:Jordan Mein, Matt Fisher, Lewis O'Brien, Adam Coles, Mitchell Jordan, Tom Thie, Ashley Vailes, Ollie Jones, Matt Honour(c), Blaise Bosley, Dave Rawle, William Trollope, Jack Fowler, Toby Ford, Harvey Russell. Replacements: Fakoya Tyrell, Jack Crew, Ben Chase. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: A. N. Other.

Weave: Expectations were high...

Clevedon travelled to Stroud with high hopes of an away win, but fell agonisingly short on another inclement Saturday.

The travellers weren't happy, despite the excellent hospitality they received before the match. To a man, they felt Clevedon could've won had they had a much quicker ball and avoided making silly mistakes when going for the score.

But, hey ho, they'll take the bonus point and regroup before Avonmouth come calling in two weeks time.

In the meantime, get down to the club to watch the start of the Six Nations and enjoy the partisan atmosphere in the company of such leading lights as Arthur Nicholls, Roger Shortman and Terry Sully.



Guinness Six Nations 2019

11th January 2019

"Still time to enter"

Guinness Six Nations 2019

Guinness Six Nations 2019

Entry forms are now available for this annual Clevedon Rugby Club fund-raiser. They can be obtained voluntarily from either Weave or Crunch.

The alternative is that they will bother you until you submit to their incessant begging for you to enter. Winking, Smiley Face goes here!

The entry cost is £2.00 and all proceeds will go towards the club after the six prizes for the competition have been taken into account.

Good luck to you all.



News this week

19th January 2019


R.I.P. Bob Murley

26th January 2018

Bob Murley, Club stalwart of the 702 and 80s

Bob Murley passed away at Weston General Hospital on the 3rd of January 2019 aged 89 years. He was one Clevedon's great club members, who, alongside his brother Gordon helped run the bar and clubhouse back in the day. Their other brother, Viv played for Clevedon for many years as a prop and was always supported by Bob throughout that time.

This dinner and dance picture from the late seventies (?) shows Bob, third from the left and opposite brother Gordon with the big bushy beard.

Bob's funeral has been arranged for 12:30 on Monday,28th January 2019 at Weston-Super-Mare crematorium.

Family flowers only please, donations if desired in Bob's memory to Cancer Research c/o Clevedon Funeral Services, 41 Old Street, Clevedon, BS21 6DA

R.I.P. Bob


Busy old clubhouse

19th January 2019

"Busy old clubhouse"

Weave: The skittle alley in quieter times...

With two home games for the first time in ages and both winning ones at that, the clubhouse was lively to say the least.

People were smiling and happy, the bar was doing great and a few Six Nations competition tickets were sold. Walking home with 60 quids worth of change in the pocket was a sweaty yomp.

The skittle alley became a play school with players' wives, girlfiends and boyfriends jostling about. It was almost a no-go area for us sane, old crusty types. Better to stay sat on a settle drinking beer than trying to enter the noisy, chaotic realm of the little darlings.

Long may it continue.

President Mike Thomas, pulled rank and cleared everyone out so he could hone his skittle skills for next week's front pin first comp.



Clevedon 29 Old Richians 7

5th January 2019

"A much improved display"

Team:Jordan Mein, Ryan Hervey, Lewis O'Brien, Adam Coles, Mitchell Jordan, Tom Thie, Matt Fisher, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour(c),Blaise Bosley, Warren Taylor, William Trollope, Owen Biggins, Toby Ford, Harvey Russell. Replacements: Ollie Jones, Jack Crew, Jack Fowler. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.

Weave: Scrum half Matt Fisher...

The grey, upskirting mizzle prevented Weave from taking too many first half photos as everyone sort shelter from the weather.

The second half proved to be a lot clearer with a bit of sun, although VFM under-foot, especially around the container. For those of us that gathered in the pitchside paraphernalia and player debris, it was treacherous.

We weren't doomed, that was to happen in the clubhouse later on.

Next Saturday, Clevedon play fourth placed Stroud away. The coach leaves at 11.30.




Guinness Six Nations 2019

11th January 2019

Guinness Six Nations 2019

Guinness Six Nations 2019

Entry forms are now available for this annual Clevedon Rugby Club fund-raiser. They can be obtained voluntarily from either Weave or Crunch.

The alternative is that they will bother you until you submit to their incessant begging for you to enter. Winking, Smiley Face goes here!

The entry cost is £2.00 and all proceeds will go towards the club after the six prizes for the competition have been taken into account.

Good luck to you all.



Chairman's Chirps

20th January 2019

Tommy Thie, elder statesman...

Massive sighs of relief after this one with a much-improved performance running out 29-7 winners against a solid Old Richians side.

The day started off well with a pre-match meal choice of roast with all the trimmings or cottage pie for the lighter appetite.

It was a shame that more VP's did not attend as numbers were low and our visitors more or less matched us in numbers participating in the excellent fare on offer. N'er mind, maybe the early kick off put some off.

After taking on sustenance, hats, coats and boots were donned to venture out into the inclement weather. It was not long before Clevedon took the lead with a try from Tommy Thie who, despite him being the elder statesman, can still spot a gap and take full advantage if the opposition dally.

Jordan Mein converted and the home side began to take control through good set piece work, providing lots of possession. Unfortunately, all the possession and territorial advantage only amounted to another 3 pointer before the break and a 10-0 lead again.

We now needed to push on in the 2nd half as the ghastly memories of the previous week were not yet erased.

Another try from Owen Biggins helped to dispel these thoughts as again the forwards controlled the game and the try was converted again by Jordan Mein.

Old Richians continued to contend and were rewarded with a converted try of their own. Our visitors were not done yet by any means.

The game was more or less put to bed with a well worked try. The Clevedon forwards battering away on the Old Richians line, sucking in defenders and then sent the ball out wide for Mitchell Jordan to score in the corner.

Thoughts then turned to a bonus point win and the Clevedon faithful were not disappointed as MOTM Adam Coles ran in a long rangetry to seal a well-deserved and needed 5 point victory.

However, we all know we are nowhere near safe yet as the bottom half of the table looks pretty congested and with 3 getting relegated - still plenty to play for.

Not sure what has happened at Cheltenham with them beating Wells by 57-0.

Our 2nd team continued their winning ways, beating Stothert Pitt 43-10 and staying in top spot. So, a good day all round for the Seasiders.

A visit to Stroud next week with bus leaving at 11:30. Get on it and support the boys.

"In order to support others, you have to be upright yourself"

Yours Aye, Jim

News this week

12th January 2019

"Comforting it was not"

Weave: An Owen Biggins try is not enough...

It's pretty unusual, but there were a lot more Clevedon supporters than there were Old Bristolians, despite the grey day and chilly wind.

They were obviously all expecting a lovely, comforting away win to ease their worries about the dreaded drop, but left in a rush even before the end fearing the worst.

Comforting it was not, unless you remember only the first 20 minutes when Clevedon raced into a 10 point lead. That was as good as it got and try as they might, the Clevedon team and coaches could not dig themselves out of the mire, regardless of what changes they made.

Still, that's the nature of Clevedon's season and hopefully on Saturday, they will rectify that and claim their first win of 2019 at home to Old Richians.



Old Bristolians 32 Clevedon 20

12th January 2019

Team:Jordan Mein, Matt Fisher, Lewis O'Brien, Adam Coles, Mitchell Jordan, Tom Thie, Ashley Vailes, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour(c), Warren Taylor, William Trollope, Jack Crew, Toby Ford, Owen Biggins. Replacements: Ollie Jones, Ben Allcock, Elliot Poulter. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.

Weave: As cohesive as it got...

A nice pint or two of pre-match Butcombe Original was scant consolation given the final result of this match. All it did was to encourage a false sense of hope and a full bladder.

When the goings-on got a bit scary on the pitch, a trip behind the bushes saved a few embarrassing blushes as Clevedon became the architect of their own demise. No one had an answer for Clevedon's travails and quickly gave up trying to find one and scooted back to the club before the final whistle to top-up with Doombar.

Read the report here.

Clevedon's next game is at home to Old Richians for a 14:15 kick off.




Chairman's Chirps

13th January 2019

Hippy, flowery days...

A good amount of support provided by the travelling Clevedon supporters, looked and sounded like more of us than them at nearby Failand.

Apparently, this is the ground where one of our faithful earned his auspicious nickname all those 50 years ago. Apparently, he has longer and better styled hair now, than in his hippy, flowery days.

After an impressive start Clevedon eased into a 0-10 lead with a Toby Ford converted try and all looked rosy for the visitors. However, Old B's had a different viewpoint and capitalized on Clevedon errors and it was soon 10-10 and then the home side went in front 17-10 with another converted try.

As an onlooker from the side-line, my thoughts were "no panic, tighten things up, play our game and get back into the contest". Which we duly did, evening things up with an Owen Biggins try, the result of some dominant forward play, converted again by Jordan Mein.

Back in it methinks, now let's push on and win this one. Scores go to 20-20 and we are still making far too many mistakes. To be perfectly honest, it became difficult to watch as Old B's took the lead 25-20. The visiting support a tad quieter, thoughts turned and it looked as if we may come away with a losing bonus point. Even this slight return was taken away as Old Bristolians went on to win 32-20.

Unfortunately, the home side thrived on Clevedon errors and bad decisions after an impressive opening 15 minutes. TBH they did not create a lot themselves, but took their opportunities when they arose. Overall, we did not look after the ball well enough, getting turned over at rucks, mauls and having the ball stripped in contact.

A disappointing outcome after a promising start. We need to turn this around.

Clevedon's next game is at home to Old Richians for a 14:15 kick off.

"Today is just a good day in disguise."

Yours Aye, Jim




A Blast from the Past

23rd July 1992

Clevedon Cricket Club Sixes Winners

Clevedon Rugby Club, winners of this year's Sixes. Pictured with skipper Mal Parker are Cruncher Crane, Pete Bath, Neil O'Rourke, Dean Hussey and Jeff Dunn.

The Clevedon Rugby Club are going to have to extend their trophy cabinet for, following their success with the oval ball in the winter, they they have now added the prestigious Clevedon Garages Sixes Cricket shield to their collection.

In a thrilling final against gallant Clevedon United the bookies favourites, the Rugby boys, held their nerve to emerge as worthy winners of a the contest that was played in excellent spirit.

The early morning rain did nothing to curb the enthusiasm of the coarse cricketers who annually compete in this contest.

The Clocktower made short work of Lloyds Bowmaker and the Gardeners went to pot against last years winners, Tickenham Old Boys. Clevedon United squashed the Squash Club and last years finalists, The Mercury fell at the first against the Triangle Club (their first entry into the second round for years). The Rugby club disposed of the much fancied Hockey boys and the Pirates ran up the skull and crossbones over Clevedon Town. The Opera Club reached the high notes against the Badminton Club but the sponsors, and former winners, Clevedon Garages were out of Focus.

By the second round the sun had appeared as the crowd was swelled by afternoon revellers enjoying a good natured feast of cricket, not to mention the odd beverage.

Tickenham Old Boys made it to the semis by ticking off the Clock while Clevedon United made further progress with a win over the Triangle Club. The Rugby Club marooned the Pirates while the Opera Club failed to pull the strings against Focus.

An incredible one handed catch from Alan Pennock, sporting the famous Steve Brown range of quality knitwear, was not enough to get the holders through against Cleveon United and Maurice Henley's Lynford Christie like exploits between the wickets just failed to get Focus through against the Rugby Club.

The final was closely contested right to the wire but despite a brave innings from Andy Woodland, who took the special C. B. Trading award for most entertaining player of the tournament, the Rugby club, led by Mal Parker, just held on to become worthy winners.




Another Blast from the Past

2nd March 1974

Paris Tour 1974

A tour to France in 1974 was quite an adventure in those days, especially for the young and foolhardy!

Pictured standing are Kevin Weaver, Alan Crane, Chris Cox, Mal Parker, Alan Cole and Dave Parker. Crouching are Gary Derrick and Bob Green.

All returned safely back to Clevedon on the Sunday and eventually home on the Monday. That red wine takes its toll.

Enough said!.




Guinness Six Nations 2019

11th January 2019

Guinness Six Nations 2019

Guinness Six Nations 2019

Entry forms are now available for this annual Clevedon Rugby Club fund-raiser. They can be obtained voluntarily from either Weave or Crunch.

The alternative is that they will bother you until you submit to their incessant begging for you to enter. Winking, Smiley Face goes here!

The entry cost is £2.00 and all proceeds will go towards the club after the six prizes for the competition have been taken into account.

Good luck to you all.




Guinness Six Nations tickets now available

10th January 2019

The Twickenham Six Nations tickets are now available to all those that have paid up.

I will have the tickets available for pick up at the club after the Old Bristolians away game on Saturday 12th January. ETA 17:30.

Otherwise, please contact me by email at jimmcveigh@blueyonder.co.uk or phone me on 07899667685 to arrange pick up.

Yours Aye, Jim

Guinness Six Nations 2019

11th January 2019

Guinness Six Nations 2019

Guinness Six Nations 2019

Entry forms are now available for this annual Clevedon Rugby Club fund-raiser. They can be obtained voluntarily from either Weave or Crunch.

The alternative is that they will bother you until you submit to their incessant begging for you to enter. Winking, Smiley Face goes here!

The entry cost is £2.00 and all proceeds will go towards the club after the six prizes for the competition have been taken into account.

Good luck to you all.




Guinness Six Nations tickets now available

10th January 2019

The Twickenham Six Nations tickets are now available to all those that have paid up.

I will have the tickets available for pick up at the club after the Old Bristolians away game on Saturday 12th January. ETA 17:30.

Otherwise, please contact me by email at jimmcveigh@blueyonder.co.uk or phone me on 07899667685 to arrange pick up.

Yours Aye, Jim




Minis and Juniors Twickenham ticket offer

9th January 2019

Direct from the RFU!

The Clash: Bath v Bristol

Bath Rugby host West Country rivals Bristol Bears in The Clash: A Gallagher Premiership showdown at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 6 April 2019 (KO 2pm).

This is a great opportunity for young, aspiring rugby players to see world-class rugby on the biggest stage and we are delighted to be able to bring your club an exclusive ticket offer:

* Adult Category 2 tickets: £15 (save 50%)

* Under-16 Category 2 tickets: £10

The Clash: Bath v Bristol

There will be a whole host of entertainment on offer before and after the match, making this a fantastic day out for the whole family.

Tickets can be purchased individually or collectively by contacting your Chairman Jim McVeigh, who will assist you with your request.

We look forward to welcoming your club to Twickenham in April.

A whole day of entertainment

Now in its third year, The Clash has built up an unrivalled reputation for its all-round entertainment offering: 80 minutes of rugby surrounded by music, activities and great food and drink to keep all the family happy. Get a taste of what's in store by watching the video here.



News this week

2nd January 2019

"Happy New Year one and all!"

Weave: Toby Ford's score is not enough...

Clevedon are at home to league leaders Midsomer Norton for a 14:30 kick off.

Get your lives back to normal and visit The Vale on this dry, grey day and make it a brighter one with your presence and support for the team after a long three week layoff.

Who knows, except the coaching staff, how this game will go this afternoon. The last meeting between these two sides in September was tagged by Tucks with the strapline of "Midsomer Murder Clevedon".

It's payback time don't you think!.




Clevedon 14 Midsomer Norton 27

5th January 2019

Team:Jordan Mein, Matt Fisher, Lewis O'Brien, Adam Coles, Mitchell Jordan, Tom Thie, Ashley Vailes, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour(c), Ollie Jones, Warren Taylor, William Trollope, Jack Crew, Toby Ford, Charlie Tucker. Replacements: Ben Allcock, Rory McGuigan, Elliot Poulter. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.

Weave: MOTM Ollie Jones takes guard...

Well, it certainly wasn't payback time, was it?!

Clevedon played enough good rugby to have come away with a bonus point, but were undone by the perpetual tackling of league leaders Midsomer Norton in the last twenty minutes.

Try as they might, Clevedon could not break through this defensive wall and came away wiv nuffink except a belief that they played well and lost.

Read the report here.

Clevedon's next game is away to Old Bristolians for a 14:15 kick off.




Chairman's Chirps

6th January 2019

Trev Alder - The noisy one...

These groundhog days are occurring far too often. Another one of those where we deserved something out of the game, but got nowt, going down 14-27 to top of the table Midsomer Norton.

Clevedon had good possession and territory in the opening periods of the game, even though the pack was under pressure at scrum time, but failed to turn the pressure into the much-craved points we need at this stage of the season.

As the season progresses, it looks like the top of the table sides depend heavily on a hefty set of forwards (no pun intended). However, even though going backwards at times, the pack managed to secure a fair amount, if not scrappy ball, considering the circumstances. Midsomer Norton made the most of their modest possession by scoring the opening try. We did manage to go in at half time with a lead of 7-5 after a deserved forward effort leading to the diminutive Oli Jones crossing the whitewash and Jordan Mein converting.

The local support was quite vocal cheering on the Seasiders throughout the game. Trev Alder and Crunch being the noisiest, in the hope that Clevedon would press on in the second half. This looked to be the case when Clevedon turned over a Midsomer scrum and Ashley Vailes pounced to go over for a converted try, 14-5 and smiles all round... but not for long.

The visitors pack began to throw their weight around and scored a well worked try. The writing was then on the wall when their man of the match, the side-stepping, dummy-passing prop, scored unopposed in the corner.

In effect, towards the end of the game, the visitors looked fitter and stronger and had worked off the over indulgencies of the festive period. They looked after the ball better than us as the handling errors and turnovers conceded took their toll.

They took their chances and we did not.

A Big One next week at Old Bristolians.

"To be number one, you have to train like you're number two."

Yours Aye, Jim



News this week

8th December 2018

"Ho, Ho, Ho"

Crunch: Santa gets a kiss...

Only the very faithful and committed went up to third placed Matson to see this match, despite the absolutely atrocious weather.

Sheltering behind a container and in the failing light they witnessed a resurgent young Clevedon side kick-start their second half of the season with a losing bonus point.

Have a good rest boys and gird yer loins for next years remaining matches.

Merry Christmas everyone and be careful, this bloke could get stuck in your chimney!.




Matson 12 Clevedon 7

15th December 2018

Team:Jordan Mein, Adam Turner, Lewis O'Brien, Adam Coles, Mitchell Jordan, Tom Thie, Matt Fisher, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour, Blaise Bosley, Warren Taylor, William Trollope, Jack Crew, Toby Ford, Charlie Tucker. Replacements: Ollie Jones, Rory McGuigan, Elliot Poulter. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.

Crunch: Mr and Mrs Tucker...There are no photos this week. Instead this one from the 2002 Dinner Dance will have to do!.

Clevedon's next game is on the 5th January 2019 against league leaders Midsomer Norton. The kick-off is 14:15 and will be preceded by a lunch of left over Turkey and all the trimmings.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.




Chairman's Chirps

17th December 2018

Chairman Jim McVeigh...

Not too many bared the elements for this one and few decided not to make the trip up to Matson. Not sure I would go with the old adage "Bad weather always looks worse through a window" as the meteorological conditions were a tad inclement. Although support was thin on the ground, those that did make the trip probably witnessed the best performance of the season in my humble opinion.

If Carlsberg did away performances, this was probably...

We arrived reasonably early and had bit a good-natured banter with some of the Matson locals. The stripy jackets seemed to attract the most attention which was only expected and they did not disappoint.

At kick off, Cobweb Corner's view was that we needed to get to half time with a good 15 to 20-point lead with the elements in our favour. This did not transpose and we ended up all square 7 - 7 at the break. As the players sprinted back to the sanctity of the changing rooms for a well-earned 10 minute defrost, opinions were not good for a W in this one.

Matson went ahead with an unconverted try and after the referee had spoken to both captains, sense prevailed and the game was called off after the 60-minute mark so the result would stand. Not too sure how long the second half lasted as could not see my watch through squinted eyes.

Although we lost an abandoned game 12 - 7 after just over 60+ mins the effort and determination shown by this young Clevedon team was enough to warm the cockles. It was never going to be a classic, but thoroughly compelling as both sides went after the win with no quarter offered or taken.

Lots of mistakes and errors from both sides, mainly due to the dire weather conditions.

Hilly was doing a noble impression of former coach Paul Nichols at times, kicking water bottles about when an error or bad decision ensued, all adding to the entertainment.

A mention has to go to the Gloucester referee, whose name I cannot remember, who had a difficult job to do in the conditions. A few mistakes on the pitch, but I was impressed that after the game he made the effort to go around the two camps and have a beer and chat about the game. Some tend to hide away and not speak unless spoken to.

We returned to our clubhouse to join an exuberant bunch who had just put Yatton to the sword at the Vale. A few wets shared with the Christmas jumper adorned set of natives followed.

"The storm may be long but the sun will always break through."

A well-earned break now until the New Year when we host league leaders Midsomer Norton. Seasons greetings to all and ensure you have a good one.

Yours Aye, Jim



News this week

1st December 2018

"Wells, Wells, Wells"

Crunch: Inclement conditions...

Three holes in the ground. That's as entertaining as this game got with the inclement conditions not helping. When the commentary is reduced to old puns rather than meaningful insight and discussion, you know the game was a shocker.

It was only two seasons ago that these two teams were plying their trade in South West Two West. Big pre-match lunches, plenty of support and the hope of a decent season and promotion.

How things change in a couple of years. This league is a dog fight and no mistake about that. Form counts for nothing. Survival is key and that's what Clevedon's season has been become about.

Their last two meetings were a 24-28 home loss for Clevedon and a 19-3 away win, a points difference of 12 in Clevedon's favour. This result has reduced that difference to 5 and we'll have to wait until April to see who will have the bragging rights until next season

There were some mitigating circumstances for Clevedon's loss, but to mention them would be churlish and disrespectful to the boys that played this game. The tackling and covering from the young backrow was outstanding and the highlight of the game. Saying that though, everyone else tried hard and did their bit as well, but the home conditions were the winner on the day.


R.I.P. Bob DowneyBob Downey, loyal club member for over 50 years

Just a quick reminder that it is Bob's funeral at 13:30 on Friday, the 14th December at St Mary's Church, Castle Road, Clevedon and afterwards at Clevedon Rugby Club.




Wells 12 Clevedon 5

8th December 2018

Team:Jordan Mein, Matt Fisher, Fakoya Tyrell, Ryan Hervey, Mitchell Jordan, Tom Thie, Rhys Talbot, Brian Largenton, Jack Crew, Matt Honour, Rob Holbrook, William Trollope, Lewis O'Brien, Toby Ford, Charlie Tucker. Replacements: Ollie Jones, Ben Alcock, Rory McGuigan. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.

Crunch: The try that never was...This was disallowed and Clevedon knew it wasn't to be their day in the lovely city of Wells. The trip back over the Mendips in the failing light wasn't fun either.

Crunch: Get out of  the way Ref!...With a minute to go, 5 yards out and going for the line, Clevedon were seemingly thwarted (the picture never lies!) by the ref and that was that, game over!

Next week, Clevedon are away to Matson for a 14:15 kick off.




Chairman's Chirps

9th December 2018

Still beaming...

The caulie-eared big bloke was well. Switched on this week for a change, he purchased and devoured a nasty pasty just before kick-off to carry him through the next couple of hours. The remainder, not fed, but suitably watered, travelling support went out to brave the elements on a pretty grim day.

This was never going to be a high scoring thriller in the wet windy conditions "Over the Mendips". A term which brought back memories of spoofing days a long, long time ago. But I digress, as there was not a lot memorable about this game as far as Clevedonians are concerned.

With players being unavailable, changes had to be made, which forced the coaching team to select players in what was not their usual positions. However, for the first 20-25 minutes we hardly saw the ball and all the play was in our hal, but still managed to keep Wells from scoring with some valiant defence.

Somehow, we managed to get over the whitewash with a somewhat controversial try (if you asked any of the Wells faithful) on our first visit to their 22. A few shoulder shrugs and winks shared, we would take the ref's decision. He was closer to it than I was after all...

Second half the strong Wells pack began to take its toll. I wouldn't attempt to guess the amount of tackles put in, especially by our back row. Still, only trailing by 2 points we were still in it and on another day would probably have nicked it, but it was not to be.

Wells put us under pressure in the final minutes of the game and scored an unconverted try in the corner. To say the Wells players were pretty pleased with that one would have been an understatement! The 4 points they gained could be crucial to their survival come the end of the season.

Oh well, Matson away next week. Hopefully a better day and performance for us to witness. Come and support the lads - to quote everyone's favourite chef, "Where are you? Where are you? Let's be having you. Come on!"

Yours Aye, Jim


R.I.P. Bob Downey

23rd November 2018

Bob Downey, loyal club member for over 50 years

Bob Downey, winger, centre, full back, life long member, committee man and stalwart of Clevedon Rugby Club, began his playing days way back in the early 60s.

He continued to do so until the late 80s when his knees gave up and the flesh was unwilling to continue anymore as those little niggling injuries mounted up.

Bob was Colts coach for two years from 1992 until 1994 until his lad Michael moved on to the seniors and golf was then to become his next passion. He joined the rugby club Hookers Golf Society and Clevedon golf club where he was just as competitive as he was on the rugby field.

The series of team photographs below shows Bob during his playing days and he captained both the seconds and thirds throughout that time.

Without doubt, Bob was one of life's gentlemen and will be keenly missed by everyone that played with him and knew him.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob's family.

Bob's funeral has been arranged for 13:30 on Friday, the 14th December at St Mary's Church, Castle Road, Clevedon.

Light refreshments will be provided at Clevedon Rugby Club afterwards.

R.I.P. Bob

Bob's Team Photos 1966 - 1986

1966-19671967: Third from left, top row

1970-19711970: Second right, front row

1976-19771976: First from left, front row

1979-19801979: Third from left, front row

1980-19811980: First from right, front row

1966-19671985: Middle, Centre row



News this week

1st December 2018

"Clevedon's Trolly Dolly Celebrations"

Crunch: Trolley celebrates in style...

The Sponsors, Life Members and Vice Presidents attended a roast dinner luncheon that served them well once they set outside to watch the match against Chosen Hill. It didn't start too well as the Former Pupils made the most of some red zone penalties by Clevedon and went 7 nil up before the meal had settled.

After a few minutes, Clevedon began their own scoring and finished as worthy winners in the fading light. Young referee and diplomat Mike Gray did well to contain two teams who were knocking lumps out of each other from start to finish. He had the respect of the players and will no doubt do well in the future. Good luck to him.

A minutes silence was held for dear old Bob Downey before the start of this match and he would've been chuffed to bits with the result and probably started on the "Years Ago" stories in the bar afterwards.

Had he been in the bar he would have heard a short heartfelt tribute to him from Tom Thie that preceded the usual MOTM award drinks. Bob would've enjoyed that as well.

In fact, Bob enjoyed everything about the club that he joined as boy many years ago.

BTW, Trolly's over the top, end of match celebrations deserved an award of some kind and will probably result in a liquid fine of some sort next week down at Wells.




Clevedon 44 Chosen Hill F.P. 14

1st December 2018

"Victory at the Vale !!"

Team:Jordan Mein, Matt Fisher, Fakoya Tyrell, Adam Coles, Jonny Hicks, Tom Thie, Rhys Talbot, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour, Blaise Bosley, Rob Holbrook, William Trollope, Harvey Russell, Toby Ford, Charlie Tucker. Replacements: Ryan Hervey, Jack Crew, Lewis O'Brien. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: A.N.Other.

Crunch: Big Rob Holbrook powers through...

The tagline this week from Tucks was a straightforward statement of fact. No puns, no corny phrases, just four words that showed what the result meant to him and to the rest of us.

Read the report here.

Next week, Clevedon are away to Wells for a 14:15 kick off.




Chairman's Chirps

1st December 2018

"Still beaming..."

Lots to be chirpy about this week.

What a difference a win makes. Not the finest of days weather wise for our Sponsors, Life Members and VP's Day, but dull conditions were well compensated by a fine pre-match lunch followed by a a high-quality performance on the field.

Not an auspicious start with Chosen Hill getting an early converted try. No panic shown by Clevedon who eventually got the scoreboard ticking over once we got some possession.,/p>

A well-earned penalty followed with a converted try and with a dominant pack putting Chosen Hill under pressure, we did not look back after that.

Built a lead of 27-7 by the break and continued, finishing with a bonus point victory of 44-14.

Good performances all round with a good kicking game both out of hand and off the tee, which combined with some fine handling in the conditions, proved too much for our opponents on the day.

Credit must also go the Chosen Hill as they battled valiantly for the 80 minutes and were rewarded with a 7 pointer towards the end.

A well-attended game and good to see plenty of smiling faces in the clubhouse enjoying a libation or two after the game.

We were joined not long after by the delighted 2's who got a hard-fought victory over our neighbours and local rivals Nailsea and Backwell.

Still beaming...

That puts Clevedon top of Somerset 3 North. Well done guys. I think I may even have seen Nick Wilson with a bit of a cheeser on!

Briz beating Leicester really made the day for me although John McGuigan may beg to differ.

Next week Wells and hopefully another 5 points.

"BZ everyone, still beaming even after a couple of days."

Yours Aye, Jim



News this week

24th November 2018

"Not so good"

Weave: A determined Ollie Jones charges on...

From the photos it looks like a few changes were needed this week for the trip to old foes Chipping Sodbury.

The report from Tucks doesn't make pretty reading as Clevedon were undone by some misfortune and a series of unforced errors.

Perhaps, with the Autumn internationals out of the way, the support will increase and shout Clevedon to victory against Chosen Hill this weekend.




Chipping Sodbury 43 Clevedon 10

24th November 2018
By Neil Tucker

"A very tough afternoon"

Team: Dave Burns, Matt Fisher, Adam Coles, Fakoya Tyrell, Ryan Hervey, Tom Thie, Rhys Talbot, Brian Largenton, Jack Crew, Blaise Bosley, Ben Chase, William Trollope, Harvey Russell, Toby Ford, Charlie Tucker. Replacements: Ollie Jones, . Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.

Weave: Fleet of foot, Tom Thie...

On a grey and cold November day, Clevedon started well, building phases and asking questions of the big Sodbury side and were rewarded with a penalty opportunity converted by Adam Coles to lead 3 nil.

Read the report here.

Next week, Clevedon are at home to Chosen Hill for 14:30 kick off.




Sponsors, Life Members and Vice Presidents' Lunch

1st December 2018, 12:30

This will be a step up from the usual luncheons and is well worth the visit if you're one of the above. Come on down and enjoy the chit-chat with the Clevedon Blazer Brigade and discover how boring they can be!

See you there.




Chairman's Chirps

27th November 2018

"Not a lot to be Chirpy about"

Not a lot to be Chirpy about...

Not a lot to be Chirpy about this week after our visit to Chipping Sodbury.

To use the much-used old cliché "A game of 2 halves" would not be out of place. After speaking to our opponents' other old farts before the game, it looked set up to be a contest of differing strengths between the teams. They praised their backline, but hopefully our forwards would starve them of enough good ball to render them ineffective.

And that was basically how the first half panned out. Our pack dominant with their big backs looking dangerous if allowed to get good quick ball.,/p>

All pretty even after the first forty, ending the half 12-10 down. It looked set up to be an interesting second half and the thoughts were that if we could get an early score, we would be in with a good shout.

Alas, this was not too be. Our efforts in the earlier chapters seemed to take their toll and with having to shuffle the pack due to injuries, the Chipping Sodbury backs began to look more and more ominous. Which proved to be the case as they ran out 43-10 winners.

To use yet another cliché of "The bounce of the ball" also came into play in a couple of instances, but no excuses, we lost to the better side on the day.

Our President must have had a premonition and decided to stay at home and watch England triumph over the Aussies. Mr T does not miss many Clevedon games, so hope all is well and he is back in harness and in attendance for our Sponsors, Life Members and Vice Presidents' Lunch next Saturday when Chosen Hill FP visit us at the Vale.

Heads up though lads and train well this week. Looking forward to a good day out and a W next Saturday.

On a higher note, the Ladies faired better in a good entertaining home win against Aretians. Some good skills shown by both sides. The more they play, the better they get. Keep it up Ladies.

"If you want to find the real competition, just look in the mirror. After a while you'll see your rivals scrambling for second place."

Yours Aye, Jim



News this week

17th November 2018

"Chewed up by Chew"

Weave: Largenton on the move...

A classic tagline from Tucks sums up the game in four words. It evokes all sorts of images and thoughts for those not present on the day.

Those that were there though wouldn't disagree with it, that's for certain. They would probably have some pithier taglines of there own, not suitable for publication without heavy use of the redaction pen.

Next week, Clevedon are away to Chipping Sodbury, currently sixth in the table. With only three losses so far this season, this is a tough game for Clevedon.

Clevedon will hopefully make sure they can make that four losses for a team that Clevedon last played before the leagues were created. A very long, long time ago!




Clevedon 15 Chew Valley 26

17th November 2018

"Clevedon Masticated"

Team: Dave Burns, Matt Fisher, Adam Coles, Ashley Vailes, Ryan Hervey, Tom Thie, Rhys Talbot, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour, Blaise Bosley, Ben Chase, William Trollope, Luke O'Brien, Toby Ford, Charlie Tucker. Replacements: Ollie Jones, Harvey Russell, Fakoya Tyrell. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.

Weave: Toby Ford scores again...

...The game was still anyones at this point and Clevedon once again tested the Chew defence, which held firm and it was them who scored again to settle the argument, leaving the seasiders empty handed.

Head coach Nick Hill commented "It was disappointing. You can't give a side like Chew valley a 14 point head start. I cannot knock the effort the lads showed, but we allowed them too much space at times and they punished us for it. We will keep working hard though."

Read the report here.

Next week, Clevedon are away to Chipping Sodbury for 14:30 kick off.



News this week

3rd November 2018

"A most enjoyable day"

For those that watched this game, it was a complete turnaround from last week's performance as Clevedon ran out emphatic winners.

For those of us that did not watch, sitting at home with the grandkids, it was a nervy wait for the result. With last week's game still in the mind despite this away win, we've got another couple of week's to wait for the next home game to absolve ourselves of the guilt of not travelling away to Cheltenham.

Watching the England match with the littl'uns running about was no easy task either!

The next England match will be live in the clubhouse next week. Be sure to get their early for a seat and a lovely pint of Doom.




Cheltenham 20 Clevedon 43

3rd November 2018

"Clevedon Bounce Back"

Team: Jordan Mein, Ali Balcombe, Adam Coles, Ashley Vailes, Ryan Hervey, Tom Thie, Rhys Talbot, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour(c), Blaise Bosley, Ben Chase, Ollie Jones, Luke O'Brien, Toby Ford, Charlie Tucker. Replacements: Jack Fowler, Dave Burns, Jack Crew. Acting Coaches: Neil Tucker/John Vickers. Flag: Neil Tucker.

Weave: MOTM Chas Tucker scoring...

Read the report here.

Next week, Clevedon have a wee cough to watch the England game in the clubhouse.




Chairman's Chirps 7

3rd November 2018

"Compelling running rugby"

For whatever reason, Chirp 6 did not get to press on time last week.

Ed. Please see below!

Not sure if our webmaster pulled it as it was too damning in the description of the performance against Barton Hill or it arrived too late to be published. I choose to think it was the latter. But what a difference this week!

We all turned up on a bright, sunny morning for the bus trip up to Cheltenham.

Our driver was a chatty, engaging young lady who described in some detail to our President, some of the skills and expertise that were required to drive such a large vehicle. After about half an hour into the trip, I was beginning to think that P plates would not be amiss, stuck onto the coach. Anyhow, we arrived safe and well at Cheltenham Tigers ground to forthright celebration from our driver after she had got us all to the right place without any incident. However, confidence was not instilled when and I quote "Not looking forward to the drive back on the motorway in the dark".

Tucks was on his own this week with Chris Heal having recently got wed and Nick Hill having his annual romantic weekend away in Cornwall. Nevertheless, John Vickers turned up to ably assist Tucks with the preparations and coaching duties. It was good to see John and with any luck he will come back to join us when his studies are concluded.

After pleasantries were exchanged and our hosts providing us to Pottsy's favourite meal of sausage and chips, the travelling support were treated to an excellent display of compelling running rugby. They ran in 7 tries on a 4G pitch that suited our style of play today.

We looked as if we were the home side, playing the pitch and windy conditions expertly to engineer a 20 - 43 victory.

Keeping the ball in hand in the first half against a strong wind, Cheltenham battered away with their big pack, but were held at bay with some fierce, aggressive tackling from both backs and forwards. The young back row of Lewis O'Brien, Toby Ford and MOTM Chas Tucker excelling, cutting out any danger when the Tigers threatened.

The ball was fed out to our backline, who continually threatened the Cheltenham line with some dazzling lines taken at pace and polished handling, resulting in some excellent tries.

The second half tactics changed when playing with the wind and some deft kicking kept Cheltenham pushed back in their own half. When they did break out, quite deservedly, they had a purple patch in the latter half.

The Cheltenham contingent were very gracious in defeat and complimentary to the players and support from Clevedon. Hopefully, they will string a few results together and survive in this competitive league.

All in all, I would say this was the best performance of the season so far. A good mix of a lot of youth, guided by some old heads, produced an accomplished performance, resulting in a well needed and deserved away win.

The next league game is on the 17th November, when we are at the Vale with Chew Valley the opposition.

On a closing note, apparently, there was some incident with the coach travel back. However, cannot comment as myself and Mr T opted to take a lift back to Clevedon with Kev Weaver as we are both frightened of the dark.

Yours Aye, Jim




Onlooker's Report

3rd November 2018

"The General and The Guide"

On a dry, windy day on a superb playing surface Clevedon's young braves showed what they were capable of.

Cheltenham took an early lead with a penalty.

Weave: Tom Thie - The General...

Clevedon playing into the wind soon got into action when fullback Jordan Mein had a great touch line run to score under the posts, which he converted.

Cheltenham's big pack hit back with a forward drive that resulted in a try.

Clevedon keeping the ball in hand, because of the wind, ran the ball on every occasion and the young backs guided by vets Tom Thie and Ashley Vailes ran riot.

Clevedon regained the lead with a lineout move, resulting in Toby Ford sprinting 50 metres for a try.

Weave: Ashley Vailes - The Guide...

Clevedon were now in the driving seat with Rhys Talbot releasing quick ball for Ali Balcombe to score a try after slick handling. Jordan Mein scored a second try, which he in turn converted.

Before the break Cheltenham scored a second try through their pack. This was converted.

The second half saw the hosts dominate the early stages, but it was not long before Clevedon clicked into gear. Tom Thie, the marshal behind the scrum, went over for a try. Jordan Mein converted.

Clevedon's forwards, with the wind at their backs, started to take control with Lewis O'brien and Charlie Tucker prominent.

Good close work saw Ashley Vailes cross the line and Clevedon's final and 7th try come from Charlie Tucker, which was converted.

On the final whistle Cheltenham scored a consolation try for a 20-43 loss.

A successful and enjoyable day with acting coach Neil Tucker well pleased with his team's efforts.



News this week

27th October 2018

"A most inclement day"

Weave: Fully togged supporters...

It was atrocious, terrible, appalling and downright dreadful with some bright patches, but they were few and far between. The game however was scintillating and bewitching in equal measure, providing you closed your eyes and went behind the sofa.

The home support were togged up for the bad weather, but not the sort of stuff described in the first sentence. Towards the end of the match, the crowd had dwindled to all but a few hardy stalwarts. The rest were in the bar warming up.

At the start of the game and for 30 minutes thereafter, Clevedon were camped on Barton Hill's line unable to cross it through passages of play that are best described by the coaching stuff using their confusing coach-speak for ineptitude!!

Barton Hill broke out of defence and then battered the Clevedon line to eventually lead 3 nil at half time with a penalty.

The local support thought the second half would see Clevedon recover and eventually win. How wrong they were. Barton Hill score a try under the posts to lead 10 nil with half an hour left. Although Clevedon scored a converted try and then went down to 14 men, after the referee had exchanged a volley of colourful language with the player involved, that was it for the home side and with time running out they could not get the win.

Taking nothing away from Barton Hill, they played the conditions far better than Clevedon did with their forthright and robust play. Clevedon needed to match this, but couldn't and now need to regroup for the away game to Cheltenham next week.




Clevedon 7 Barton Hill 10

27th October 2018

"Bartnill leave Clevedon bereft"

27th December 2002

Team: Jordan Mein, Ali Balcombe, Adam Coles, Fakoya Tyrell, Ryan Hervey, Tom Thie, Ashley Vailes, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour(c), Blaise Bosley, Ben Chase, William Trollope, Luke O'Brien, Toby Ford, Charlie Tucker. Replacements: Ben Stone, Connor Browne, Joe Tucker. Coaches: Nick Hill/Chris Heal. Flag: Neil Tucker.

Weave: A word in your shell like Cap'n...

The huge and satisfying win over Stroud in the previous home game was soon forgotten after this display. Coaching staff, players and supporters were failing to understand how Clevedon's fortunes had changed in a fortnight.

The chatter in the bar was interesting to say the least and no one was any the wiser come closing time.

Maybe things will improve next week.

Read the report here.

Next week, Clevedon are away at Cheltenham for a 14:30 kickoff.The coach will leave at 11:30.




Chairman's Chirps

27th October 2018

"A view from the top"

27 December 2002

The afternoon got off to a really good start with a first-rate lunch of meat and 3 veg provided by our in-house chef Curly.

After my 3-week sojourn, I was looking forward to this game, but unfortunately what was served up at the Vale did not match the fare served up in the clubhouse. To say I was disappointed at the final whistle would be an understatement.

We started off pretty well, with plenty of possession and territory in the right area of the field for the first 20-25 minutes.

The set piece was going well and we looked set to have a good day at the office with Barton Hill hardly being in the game.

To be brutally honest, the game should have been done and dusted in the first half if it wasn't for the amount of errors and turnover ball we gave away in the opposition half. We just did not look after the ball and failed to convert possession and pressure into points.

When Barton Hill did eventually venture into our half they came away with 3 points. And with the weather and our play deteriorating, doubts were creeping in and the writing seemed to be on the wall.

The boys from Barton Hill were much the happier side at halftime going in 0-3 up.

Uncle Fester...

The second half was all change and the opposition were dominant and began to bully us in all phases of play ,but they too found it difficult to cross the whitewash. They did eventually get the try and converted to go ahead 0-10.

Some hope was on offer to the remainder of the supporters that had not retired to the warmth and dry of the clubhouse when we got a converted try to make the score look a tad more respectable and gain us a losing bonus point.

On the plus side though, the 2nds had a good win at Winscombe, wh brought some cheer when they returned from their travels and the Cheesies revelled in the entertainment provided apres match by all who attended the Halloween Party.

Best costume was won by our resident Viking who dressed as an amazing version of Uncle Fester.

So onwards and upwards, Cheltenham next week. Let's hope we are at the races for this one! (Sorry)

Yours Aye, Jim



News this week

20th October 2018

"Bragging rights for Avonmouth"

Avonmouth will retain the bragging rights until the return fixture in February next year when Clevedon will hope to reverse this losing result.

The usual travelling, buffet-consumimg posse were short handed this week with Chairman Jim in Oz, Pottsy under the weather and the "Cashless One" declining to travel - BTw, there was an entry fee!.

The webmaster was called upon to support The President and he looked utterly beguiling in his Clevedon jacket, the only one on show as it happens.

Hopefully, for the next away game at Cheltenham they will be fully staffed.




Avonmouth 17 Clevedon 13

20th October 2018

"Early Christmas Gifts"

20th December 2002

Team: Ali Balcombe, Matt Fisher, Ashley Vailes, Adam Coles, Fakoya Tyrell, Tom Thie, Rhys Talbot, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour(c), Blaise Bosley, Ben Chase, William Trollope, Luke O'Brien, Toby Ford, Charlie Tucker. Replacements: Ben Stone, Rob Holbrook, Connor Browne. Coaches: Nick Hill/Chris Heal. Flag: GRFU.

Weave: The pre-match cuddle...

A nice trip up the motorway on a lovely sunny day was as good as it got for Clevedon.

Despite have a number of chances, they could not cross the Avonmouth line through any sort of phase play. Their only try was from an interception by Adam Coles who scored all of Clevedon's points.

Clevedon gave Avonmouth a couple of early Christmas presents, one of them straight to their speed-merchant Billy Reynolds - a gift of 14 points no less.

With 5 minutes to go, Avonmouth kicked a penalty for a four point advantage and then ran down the clock for a useful home win.

Read the report here.

Next week, Clevedon are at home to Barton Hill for a 15:00 kickoff. Lunch will be served beforehand at 13:30.




Chairman's Travels

7th October 2018

"Chirpless ex-Parrot"

Chirpless Parrot...

Obviously not being in attendance I cannot comment on Saturday's result at Avonmouth, but was kept up to date with the outcome from El Presidente, Mike Thomas.

Sounds like it was a good, hard fought game and we were unlucky not to come away with the W.

I am aware though, that Mr T has been known to wear royal blue and old gold tinted glasses. I will look forward to seeing the match report in due course.

Will be back in time to see the visit of our Captain's old team, Barton Hill, to the Vale next week.

We expect a subdued celebration when you score that try next week Matt.

G'day, Jim



News this week

6th October 2018

"Three in a row!"

7th December 2002

Team: Mike Lowis, Chris Cates, Tom Thie, Tim Brooks, Chris Bushell, Tom O'Rourke, Steve Johnson, Nick Hill, James Gallagher, Tony Dauncey, John Pearce, Jeff Durant, Chris Page, Owen Biggins, Anthony Fox. Replacements: Ashley Vailes, Mike Sweet. Captain: Jeff Durant Coach: Brian HanlonFlag: Ashley Vailes.

Crunch: Owen Biggins try...

By my reckoning, Clevedon, captained by Jeff Durant, last played Stroud in SW2W during the 2002-2003 season when they did the double over them, 16 years ago.

Clevedon won their home match 15-12 in December 2002 and the away match 27-29 on the 29th March 2003, eventually finishing second and gaining promotion to SW1 after beating Swanage and Wareham.

Read the 2002 report!...
View the report image here.

There were two players who featured in that game who turned out this week, veterans Ashley Vailes and Tom Thie. Coach Hill also played in that match at loosehead, while Owen Biggins was watching, injured on the sidelines.

There is a little clip of O's try you can watch if you click/tap the image and select it from Onedrive. The quality ain't good as it was only a 2MP digital camera, which was the latest 2MP Olympus C2040Z at the time!




Clevedon 48 Stroud 12

6th October 2018

"Jeckyll and Hyde"

Team: Jordan Mein, Ryan Hervey, Fakoya Tyrell, Adam Coles, Matt Fisher, Tom Thie, Ashley Vailes, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour(c), Blaise Bosley, Ben Chase, William Trollope, Charlie Tucker, Toby Ford, Harvey Russell. Replacements: Ben Stone, Jack Fowler, Connor Browne. Coaches: Nick Hill/Chris Heal. Flag: Neil Tucker.

Weave: MOTM Tom Thie scores his try...

This week was certainly and eye opener after last weeks disappointing loss away.

Clevedon had the upper hand in all phases of play and the coaches were smiling and jubilant after the match!.

A home crowd and the comfort of your own changing room helps of course.

Weave: School reunion...

The visit of old boy John Edgar, seen here chatting to his old PE teacher Mike Thomas, obviously inspired the team who showed off their range of skills on a cold and blustery day.

Veteran MOTM Tom Thie provided two tries for his enjoyment and delectation and John went home late, drunk and happy!

Read the report here.

Clevedon 1st XV have next weekend off, while the 2xv are at home for 15:00 kick off.




Chairman's Travels

7th October 2018

G'day mate..

This week I'm on my travels again and going walkabout in Australia for a family visit.

Hopefully, I can keep you updated with some fine Aussie wit and repartee. Ripper!

G'day, Jim




Smelly Curd News

6th October 2018

Festering Cheese...

News from the festering cheese club will be forthcoming once I've got my aerobic activities completed and I've recovered.

Yours, Smoggydon



News this week

29th September 2018

"The Mein Man"

Crunch: Jordan Mein kicks the first of his 17 points...

Clevedon had enough chances to have got an away win at Old Richians, but found a way to squander all but one try scoring opportunity.

If it wasn't for the very reliable kicking of Jordan Mein who kept the scoreboard ticking over with 17 points, Clevedon would've headed home without a valuable bonus point.

There was a fair amount of travelling support and the warm sunshine promised them a nice entertaining and winning afternoon, but they were denied and went back down the motorway with their tails between their legs. Grrrrrr!!

Maybe they'll be happy next week with a home win against Stroud.

Crunch: Old Richians coach rants at the ref!...

One thing to note about this game and it was nothing to do with the playing of rugby, but more to do with a disgruntled home coach.

He went on to the field of play for some sort of discussion with the ref. What was said, nobody really knows, but it sure wasn't legal.




Old Richians 27 Clevedon 22

29th September 2018

"Kicks just not enough !!"

Team: Jordan Mein, Ryan Hervey, Fakoya Tyrell, Adam Coles, David Burns, Tom Thie, Rhys Talbot, Brian Largenton, Jack Crew, Blaise Bosley, Ollie Jones, Charlie Tucker, William Taylor, Toby Ford, Harvey Russell. Replacements: William Trollope, Jack Fowler, Ashley Vailes. Coaches: Nick Hill/Chris Heal. Flag: Neil Tucker.

Crunch: The main points man, Jordan Mein...

Read the report here.

Next Saturday, Clevedon are at home to Stroud for a 15:00 kick off and the usual pre-match lunch.




Smelly Curd News

3rd October 2018

Well, this rugby season's becoming something akin to a roller coaster ride with good results and performances one week, only to have things turned on their heads and disappointment the next. Not sure what our globe-trotting Chairman will be able to comment on though this week as he was off on one of his drinking expeditions in Gibraltar!! Fortunately he made it back in one piece on Sunday, though he did appear a tad jaded.

Things within the stinky cheesy club are much along the same lines as on the pitch at the moment, with absenteeism causing lack of supply of the more cultured offerings. Supply almost reached crisis point on Saturday, but we were saved from stinking fromage starvation by our eternally youthful and resourceful Club Secretary Neil Tucker along with young Charlie who kindly presented the Old Stinky Club with a portion of Smoked Pepper and Chilli Cheddar. Much appreciated Tucks.

Cheesy Tucks...

Has anyone else noted how he's now promoting his new modelling career by posing on the clubs beer mats?

It was good to have Trev "the wabbit" Alder back from his safari in Plymouth where his vintage Mercedes kept the AA on their toes last weekend. Another returning absentee was that of our inFLUential club member Mr. Sulley.

Next week, we look forward to the return of our Irish colleague Paddy "Live Wasps" John, who I'm sure will have many a tale to tell!!

More from the Grande Fromage soon.

Smoggydon




Chairman's Travels

31st August 2018

Aye, Aye...

There was I, in Gib, meeting up with a few old chums and watching some Corps rugby when I spotted a couple of No Necks grooming themselves for a night out. Not a pretty sight.

They've got not shame these older, crusty types.




Natwest Six Nations

21st August 2018

Six Nations Tickets...

Paid up club members can now apply for the matches below. Tickets for all games except Italy are at present restricted and requests for more than 2 tickets may be reduced to 2 or to zero if the allocation is exhausted.

Tickets are for your use only and cannot be resold. Unwanted tickets can be returned and will be refunded.

  • England v France, Sunday 10 February, KO 15:00
  • England v Italy, Saturday 9 March, KO 16:45
  • England v Scotland, Saturday 16 March, KO 17:00

The application form can be obtained from the bar, alternatively you can obtain the form here.

Please note that the closing date is Thursday, 4 October 2018 and that the Junior tickets for the Italy game are £20.00.

Yours Aye, Jim

News this week

22nd September 2018

Weave: Harvey Russell MOTM...

A good win at home for Clevedon with a much changed side from the Midsomer debacle.

This week, due to the inclement weather the bar takings improved as the feint-hearted decided to squat in the bar and watch the Premiership game.

Those of us that watched the whole match were soaked, but happy with the result. A few winning beers later and everyone was optimistic for a decent season ahead.

Let's hope that will be the case.




Clevedon 50 Old Bristolians 5

22nd September 2018

"Wet, Wet, Wet"

Team: Jordan Mein, Ryan Hervey, Fakoya Tyrell, Adam Coles, Matt Fisher, Tom Thie, Rhys Talbot, Brian Largenton, Jack Crew, Blaise Bosley, Rob Holbrook, Charlie Tucker, Rory Biggins, Toby Ford, Harvey Russell. Replacements: Ben Stone, Jack Fowler, Joey Tucker. Coaches: Nick Hill/Chris Heal. Flag: Neil Tucker.

DCI Tom Barnaby has been pensioned off after last week's unsolved crime. Fortunately, the coaching detectives solved it by themselves. Good for them, but I bet their skills were honed by a few games of Cluedo during the week.

Weave: Jack Crew looking for support...

With Captain Honour out injured, young Jack Crew took over the hooking duties and with an all new second row pairing, Clevedon ran around and supported like mad things.

The support play from Clevedon was super, but the weather was atrocious, which led to a few handling mistakes by both sides. Clevedon however, made less of them and scored several good tries despite the conditions.

Read the report here.

Next Saturday, Clevedon are away to Old Richians. The coach leaves at 12:00 for a 15:00 kick off.




Blazers anyone?

31st August 2018

Club Blazer anyone?...Why not start the new season by ordering a club blazer?

You will be joining a select bunch of ne'er-do-wells that have worn them for last four seasons.

This is just a sighter to see how many people would be interested.

They are made to measure and a sizing document will be provided to interested parties.

They also do waistcoats if anyone would like one.

Current Poly/cotton striped blazer details are as follows:

  • 6 - 12 blazers £139.00 + vat each
  • 13 - 23 blazers £129.00 + vat each
  • 24 + blazers £119.00 + vat each
  • Waistcoats £69.00 + vat
  • Delivery 6 to 7 weeks

If you're interested, please email me at jimmcveigh@blueyonder.co.uk, alternatively you can grab me in the club if I am around.

Yours Aye, Jim




Chairman's Chirps

23rd September 2018

What a difference a week makes.

Much better performance this Saturday putting Old Brizzlers to the sword 50 - 5. Inclement weather did not stop Clevedon from trying to play attractive rugby, though it did seem to put off the usual support we attract at the Vale.

I would like to put it down to my wise advice on the training front, but I have been notified by a certain person whom I cannot name, (but prominent wearer of wellington boots), that it was down to his hard work and efforts.

Never mind, it was a sterling performance resulting in a much needed and well-deserved win.

The afternoon started off with a few diehard members turning up for a fine pre-match luncheon.

A bit of rain will not put off this hardy bunch. Some really tasty wraps were provided by our in-house caterer Curly, accompanied by a side salad and a portion of chips. This fare seemed to go down well with all but one of our life members, who again refused to consume "that foreign muck".

Sausage, egg and chips...He was appeased this week by having special treatment and given sausage, egg and chips.

No, he is not asleep, just a tad dozy. Was a visit to Tariq's Turkish Treats on the way home also required? The "Tallest Man" also took a bit of a shine to some of the chillies on offer and proceeded develop a rather red grid and aquire body sweats, which occasioned him to remove some outer garments. This was much to the amusement of our luxuriant locked Editor and Webmaster.

A few wets were enjoyed apres game in the bar with the Saxons returning from a well-earned draw with Tor and proceeded to join the fray with a couple of celebratory ones.

Old Richians away next week and a coach supplied, so please get on board and support the lads. Train well again guys and I'm sure you will get another W.

"None of us is as good as all of us".

Yours Aye, Jim




Natwest Six Nations

21st August 2018

Six Nations Tickets...

Paid up club members can now apply for the matches below. Tickets for all games except Italy are at present restricted and requests for more than 2 tickets may be reduced to 2 or to zero if the allocation is exhausted.

Tickets are for your use only and cannot be resold. Unwanted tickets can be returned and will be refunded.

  • England v France, Sunday 10 February, KO 15:00
  • England v Italy, Saturday 9 March, KO 16:45
  • England v Scotland, Saturday 16 March, KO 17:00

The application form can be obtained from the bar, alternatively you can obtain the form here.

Please note that the closing date is Thursday, 4 October 2018 and that the Junior tickets for the Italy game are £20.00.

Yours Aye, Jim




Return of the Grande Fromage

22nd September 2018

Smelly cheese...

Firstly, apologies from all the members of the stinky Fromage Club for our early season absence from this most hallowed of websites, but as you can now see, we are back and shall endeavour throughout the season to keep you up to date with what is happening within the festering blue smegma club.

It's been a long off season for cheesy members. However, we maintained fitness throughout the summer months by again entering a team into the Summer Skittles League, which was very efficiently run by our gin swilling El Presidente Mr. T. This year we entered under the guise of "The Stinking Bishops" and under the captaincy of the Head Cheese Smoggydon himself we destroyed virtually all opposition to finish 3rd.

A significant amount of credit for these performances must go to that most revered sporting icon and exceptional golfer John Dennet (aka Peter Stringfellow). Had it not been for his coaching skills and training dynamic, we would have been left floundering in the lower reaches of the league. Indeed, his latest coaching DVD titled "How the **** did that miss?" will soon be on sale for the bargain price of £45 - Hurry, if you want one for your skittles team. It's a (very) limited edition and is expected to sell out quickly.

A mixed start to the season on the pitch, but a pleasing start away at Gordano, and a great bounce back win on Saturday in very wet conditions following two back to back defeats. Let's hope for more success going forward.

Anyway, enough about rugby, our Grande Fromage club membership was a bit fragmented this week. With our diminutive Irish member away in his homeland packing up his mansion for the winter and Trev "The wabbit" Alder on safari in Plymouth at his youngest daughters graduation. Well done Josie!! Another notable absentee was one of the most inFLUential club members Mr Terence Sulley. Needless to say, cheese supplies were dangerously low on Saturday, but with a fair wind, they should be restored to normal smelly levels soon.

More from the Grande Fromage soon

News this week

15th September 2018

Weave: I've had enough of this, how long to go?...

Two can't be bothered to watch, three are watching and praying (Vigilate et Orate) that Clevedon turn it around and another, that looks suspiciously like Head Cheese Smoggydon, is looking at the game with only one eye. Perhaps he's hoping that when he uses both eyes, Clevedon will be winning and he can get to writing his Cheesy News to amuse us all.

Maybe the ladies in the background had a better idea by disappearing into the clubhouse to avoid the scary goings on outside. The equivalent of hiding behind the sofa during the early Doctor Who episodes.

Then again, perhaps not.




Midsomer Norton 33 Clevedon 10

15th September 2018

"Midsomer Murder Clevedon"

Team: Jordan Mein, Mitchell Jordan, Fakoya Tyrell, Grant Cherrington, Matt Fisher, Adam Coles, Tom Thie, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour(c), Blaise Bosley, Ben Chase, Oli Jones, Charlie Tucker, Toby Ford, Harvey Russell. Replacements: William Trollope, Ryan Hervey, Jack Crew. Coaches: Nick Hill/Chris Heal. Flag: Neil Tucker.

John Nettles as Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby would've been hard-pressed to solve this one.

For the first few minutes, Clevedon looked good and stretched the home side all over the park by playing it wide and fast, but that was as good as it got.

Early in the first half Clevedon became the victims as the home pack started picking them off one by one and in the end dispatching them 33-10.

Weave: Toby Ford's score is not enough...

Clevedon were seemingly ill-equipped to cope with the carnage that was happening to them and as a result were left bereft and shocked at their demise.

Their were many witnesses to this crime that were able to assist DCI Barnaby, but none were able to put their finger on any one thing.

Was it going to ground too early and getting turned over? or was it the lack of clearing out to get that quick ball? Was it the dropped passes, wrong options or fitness?

Barnaby was confused.

Hopefully, the coaching detectives will have solved this conundrum by next week when Old Bristolians come calling.

Read the report here.

Next Saturday Clevedon are at home to Old Bristolians. The kick off is at 15:00 and is preceded by the usual fun and frolics, commonly known as the Vice Presidents' Luncheon.




Chairman's Chirps

19th September 2018

Not a result we wanted this week.

As I was not in attendance I do not feel qualified to comment on our 33-10 defeat at Midsomer Norton. Needless to say, this will be short, but probably not sweet.

Apparently, a lot can be learned from this defeat. Maybe this is a wake up call for us and we can build from here.

Heads up guys, there is always next week to make amends. Train hard this week and give a good account at the Vale against Old Bristolians.

"If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat".

Yours Aye, Jim

Natwest Six Nations

21st August 2018

Six Nations Tickets...

Paid up club members can now apply for the matches below. Tickets for all games except Italy are at present restricted and requests for more than 2 tickets may be reduced to 2 or to zero if the allocation is exhausted.

Tickets are for your use only and cannot be resold. Unwanted tickets can be returned and will be refunded.

  • England v France, Sunday 10 February, KO 15:00
  • England v Italy, Saturday 9 March, KO 16:45
  • England v Scotland, Saturday 16 March, KO 17:00

The application form can be obtained from the bar, alternatively you can obtain the form here.

Please note that the closing date is Thursday, 4 October 2018 and that the Junior tickets for the Italy game are £20.00.

Yours Aye, Jim

8rd September 2018

Weave: Scrum time...The outstanding Toby Ford started on the flank this week after excelling in training and impressing the coaches with his abilities.

His MOTM award was chosen by Matson, which is some accolade for him, given it was his first start. Hopefully he'll continue to get a run in the first that his speed around the park deserves.

Ollie Jone's in-laws have been running the after match raffle now for quite a while and this week was no exception. They raised around £80.00 for club funds, but had to enlist that "Eversoloud" Weave to shout the numbers out to the packed clubhouse. Good job you Leahy's!

Next Saturday, Clevedon are away to Midsomer Norton for a 15:00 kick off.




Clevedon 19 Matson 34

8th September 2018

"Difficult day at The Vale"

Team: Jordan Mein, Mitchell Jordan, Fakoya Tyrell, Grant Cherrington, Dave Burns, Adam Coles, Tom Thie, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour(c), Blaise Bosley, Ben Chase, Dave Rawle, Owen Biggins, Toby Ford, Charlie Tucker. Replacements: Rhys Talbot, Ryan Hervey, Oli Jones. Coaches: Nick Hill/Chris Heal. Flag: Neil Tucker.

Weave: Desmond Burns on his way to a try...

Read the report here.




Chairman's Chirps

9th September 2018

That was one hard fought game between two uncompromising teams, which resulted in a very entertaining encounter for those of us on the touchline.

I think we may have just played one of the promotion challengers and Clevedon gave a good account of themselves even if the final score at 19 - 34, does not reflect it.

Matson came with a large gnarly pack, which came out on top for most of the game. It has been a rare sight to see our forwards being bossed about in that fashion. Matson proved to be very competitive at the breakdown, turning over a lot of our ball and were well drilled at scrum and lineout. However, our boys refused to be bested and were also combative to say the least.

We were always in the game up to the last 15 when we were reduced to 14 with the sin-binning and our opponents made the most of their opportunity. Our lads battled right to the end seeking a bonus point, but it was not to be.

A mention must go to man of the match, Toby Ford who seemed to be everywhere and involved in every facet of the game.

The Saxons also put in a good shift on the other pitch coming out winners over Avonmouth in a pre-season friendly.

So, all in all, good performances by our squad and long may it continue.

Weave: John Vickers is leaving...

It is sad to see John Vickers leaving the coaching team to go on to university, but hopefully will still be involved with the club when he has some free time from his studies. Thanks for your time and energies put in John, you will be missed. BZ all-round guys.

Good to see "The cashless one" making his debut this season and continuing to entertain all and sundry. "The caulie eared, tall bloke" was missed in the clubhouse after the game. Apparently, he made a hasty retreat to the kebab van as he feared going down with malnutrition.

Next week, the first team away at Midsomer Norton. Please try and make the trip down to support our boys. Unfortunately, I can't make it, but will be pestering people for score updates.

Yours Aye, Jim




3rd September 2018

Weave: Captain Matt Honour leads out his team...Clevedon's captain this season is once again the honourable Matt Honour. Here he is leading out the team through a guard of honour from the Gordano Junior section.

Clevedon started the season with a five pointer that puts them second in the league behind Stroud on points difference.

With players returning to play and a couple of new signings, Clevedon dominated most of the forward exchanges, but were undone a couple of times by the slick and quick Gordano backs.

There is plenty to work on this week for coach Hill and his staff with Matson up next at home.

The first luncheon of the season will be at 13:30 and will finish in time for the 15:00 kick off.




Gordano 19 Clevedon 40

1st September 2018

"Clevedon ruin the party"

Team: Jordan Mein, Mitchell Jordan, Fakoya Tyrell, Grant Cherrington, Matt Fisher, Adam Coles, Tom Thie, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour(c), Blaise Bosley, Ben Chase, Oli Jones, Owen Biggins, Rory Biggins, Dave Rawle. Replacements: Charlie Tucker, Ben Stone, Warren Taylor. Coaches: N.Hill/C.Heal. Flag: SRFU.

Weave: The festival crowd...

When the gates opened at 12 noon, people started flooding into the Gordao ground for what was billed as charity fun day.

The whole event had a great festival feel to it, but unfortunately that didn't extend to the pitch.

A serious injury to a Gordano player in the second team friendly curtailed the game after 20 minutes. The ambulance took a while to arrive and consequently delayed the start of the main event by half an hour as the festival atmosphere was building for everyone except the injured played, who we hope is now on the road to recovery.

When the game did kick off, Clevedon were soon on the scoreboard with penalty and a converted try. More tries followed from both sides in an entertaining local derby league match.

The travelling blazers consumed many thirst-quenchers from the outside bar and became a little bit incoherent later in the evening, with some blaming it on the warm hazy sunshine and the lack of a hat! What nonsense.

Read the Gordano report here.




Chairman's Chirps

3rd September 2018

A fruitful and a long day out in the field for some.

It began with an abandoned game for the Saxons, who were the better side, in a friendly against Gordano seconds and culminating in a spirited win 19-40 for the first team,

The side put out was a good blend of experience and youth and proved to be a little too strong for the newly promoted Gordano side. Both our sides were well supported by a large contingent travelling up the M5 to cheer the lads on.

It was good to see some of the senior members out in force with factions from Cobweb Corner, the Big Cheesies and the No Necks, some of whom do not have so far to travel.

Weave: Stoner strutting his stuff...

The wins were celebrated in style back at the Clubhouse with Ben Stones 40th birthday bash being at the heart of it. Anyone who could not escape Stoners' clutches were treated to renditions on how to sidestep and pirouette out of tackles - Strictly Come Dancing it was not.

Roll on next week with the visit of Matson to the Vale and hopefully another win to follow up this week's triumph.

I am sad to say that I really missed Terry 'arris this Saturday as I'm sure we all did. He will be immensely missed by all at Clevedon RFC. RIP Terry.

Yours Aye, Jim




31st August 2018

With the two pre-season matches out of the way, Clevedon are looking forward to start of the season with renewed enthusiasm.

Coach Hill and his staff are eagerly preparing for the first ever league clash away against Gordano, kick off is at 15:00.

Preceding this mouth watering encounter is a friendly game between the clubs' second teams, which has a kick off time of 12:30.

Get there early and look forward to an enjoyable afternoon at Caswell Lane.




Gordano Fun Day

1st September 2018

"First game fever!!"

First ever league clash...

This Saturday Clevedon take on Gordano for the first time in the league, so come along and support the boys.

Also, as a prequel to the first team game, the Clevedon Saxons will be taking on a select fifteen from Gordano with the kick of being 12:30, so why not make a day of it?

Gordano RFC are hosting a fun day. Bring the children along as there will be plenty to do. Gates are open at 12 noon.

Besides the two games that are on offer, there will be an outdoor bar, BBQ and a bouncy castle for the kids. Entry is FREE.

The day will be raising funds for "Be More Ben", The Benjamin Pritchard Foundation, enhancing bereavement support and services.

See you there!, Tucks




4th August 2018

Welcome to the new season that has come around all too soon in my opinion.

The pre-season fixtures have already been arranged, beginning on Saturday, 18th August away to Hornets for a 14:30 kick-off. The away fixture to Yatton follows just 5 days later on Thursday, 23rd August with an evening kick-off at 19:00.

Let's hope there will be some more rain about before the latter fixture as the Hornet's one will be on their artifical pitch and not quite so harsh on the knees and elbows.




New Signings

4th August 2018

"New League, New faces, New Start"

Clevedon's new signings...

Clevedon RFC are please to announce the fist a several new signings for the coming season.

Andrew Watson has joined us as part of the clubs link with Richard Huish College in Taunton.He can play in the second row and back row.

Tyrell Fakoya has joined us from Old Reds. Tyrell is a centre who can also play on the wing.

There will be a few more joining us in the next few weeks, so what this space !!




Yatton Pre-Season

23rd August 2018

Crunch: Tom Thie as scrum half...

On a chilly evening when a lot of old boys were caught out by the strong wind, Clevedon went to Yatton for a pre-season training session and 40 minutes of roll-on roll-off rugby.

As the light faded, the match was switched to the bottom pitch where there were some flood lights that brightened up the gloom.

Former referee and Yatton Chairman Nick Williams controlled proceedings in a pair of flip flops, but still managed to keep up with the game and give good advice to players who questioned his abilities.

The session ended with Clevedon retaining the bragging rights for another season!

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