"The Last Goodbye"

Updated 6th February 2022

The funeral of Mike Thomas, our Club President, will take place on Tuesday, 8th February 2022 at Weston Crematorium at 14.30pm.

Mike's final journey will begin at Rawlings funeral directors in Woodlands Road, Clevedon and travel down along the beach past the bandstand around 13:40.

It will then go down to the rugby club and past both pitches at around 13:45 before heading off to the crematorium, so please line the route to say your last goodbye.

The ceremony will be streamed live at the rugby club at 14.30pm for those that are unable to get to the crematorium.

There will be a wake for anyone who wishes to attend and pay their respects, share their own stories and memories of Mike at the Rugby Club afterwards.

Stay safe, Tucks

R.I.P. Michael Thomas

19th January 2022

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President Mike died quietly at home on the 13th January 2022 after a short illness.

Mike was a Life Member, Club Chairman between 1998-2001, Captains Tankard winner in 1977-78 and again in 2003-04 with his wife Ruth, President since 2004 and Jack-of-all-Trades since joining the club way back in 1975.

He was without doubt Mr. Clevedon RFC, although he wouldn't have thought that he was. Mike was just doing what he loved best (apart from his family of course!) and everything else was just a bonus.

Since Thursday, it has become apparent that Mike was more than just the Club President. He was also master of several other necessary, unsung jobs:

  • White line marking with Pete Prior
  • Matchday flags, rope and post protector operative with Jim McVeigh
  • Skittles team organiser
  • Membership collection and enforcer
  • Weekly bonus ball syndicate
  • 200 club with wife Ruth
  • Match result reporting
  • Occasional match reports
  • Cobweb Corner insights for website
  • Press officer
  • Matchday VP lunches, raffle and programmes ably assisted by Chalky

In addition to all the club work he did, Mike was also the Western Counties North league secretary and wore his England RFU jacket with pride despite being a proud and loyal Welshman.

Mike's passing has left a huge void in the club that won't easily be filled. His legacy (see Sporting Heroes below) will continue and will help the club to prosper in the coming years.

Our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers go to his lovely wife Ruth and her family.

R.I.P. Mike
God Bless



Clevedon Sporting Heroes

By Christopher Stone

Clevedon Sporting Heroes

This book, written in 2004 by Christopher Stone with contributions by Mike Thomas, contains an entry for Mike and is reproduced here without explicit permission from Chris, although I suspect he wouldn't mind much in this case. The book can be found in any local bookshop. Thanks Chris.

Alan Crane

Mike ThomasI slipped this story in whilst Mike wasn't looking! Since moving to Clevedon in 1974 Mike has made a huge contribution to the town's sportscene and to rugby union in particular.

Educated at Tenby Grammar School he was made captain of the school's U15s side then went on to play three seasons with the 1st XV. He represented Pembrokeshire Schools as a prop for two seasons and toured Germany, Cornwall and the Midlands with the County. Later he played for Tenby United 2nd and 1st XVs in the Pembrokeshire League and continued his rugby whilst training to be a physical education teacher at Trinity College, Carmarthen, where he qualified in 1963. He took up a teaching post in Dagenham in 1963 and became the school's head of physical education a year later. Mike, of course, wasted no time in spreading his gospel and introduced rugby to the school. His efforts were rewarded; several of his young players reached county level and went on to play for the same club as himself, Romford and Gidea Park. Two boys were selected for final England trials.

In 1974 Mike was appointed head of boys physical education at Clevedon School where with the help of John Evans and Mal Morgan, yes, you've got it, introduced rugby. From that stemmed the successes of the years to follow though he says that he actually preferred to teach athletics which catered for a wider range of pupils.

In 1975 Mike, with the help of Owen Taylor, Bill Edgar, Clive Bourton and Dickie Brace, formed the youth section of Clevedon Rugby Club. Mike ran the U15s, U17s and Colts teams, the latter for 16 years. Under his guidance the Colts won the Somerset Colts Cup three times, once against a very strong Bath side 13-7.

In 1990 he became senior coach and in 1991-92 guided the 1st XV to South West Division Il. Clevedon RFC scaled new heights finishing runners-up in the Bristol Combination Cup three times and Somerset Cup twice. After six years, and a heart attack, Mike stood down from coaching. He was elected a life member of Clevedon RFC and chairman for three years 1998-2001. The highlight for Mike was Clevedon's exciting 21-20 defeat of Bridgwater in the Somerset Senior Cup in 2001 - the realisation of so much hard work and preparation.

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Mike finds it very hard to decide on the best players who have passed through his hands, but mindful of the pints which might come his way and being keen not to offend, talks of Ross Brace, Martin Kenny, Steve Weids, Dean Hussey, John Edgar, Mike Hanley, Kevin Brown, Mike Lowis, Ian Eisentrager and Tim Brooks, all ex-pupils who have progressed to senior level rugby. He also says it was 'an experience' coaching Richard and Doug Thayer, Dave Roberts and Dave Summerell — the joy of which one can only hope they shared.

Still Clevedon RFC's press officer and league secretary, he was elected club president in 2004. Mike is also secretary of Western Counties North for the RFU. The press bits he particularly enjoys, his reports regularly appearing in The Mercury. Referring to those reports, Dickie Brace once famously connnnentccl that 'fiction always was my favourite read!'

Mike is a patron of Clevedon Cricket Club and was also the first chairman of Clevedon Athletic Club. A rugby man through and through, he dreams whimsically of seeing Wales beat England again 'soon'. He confesses that the rugby club is his second home but interestingly his wife Ruth thinks otherwise.


Memories of Mike

Through the years

A selection of Mike photos more of which can be found by tapping or clicking any of the images below.

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Christmas Opening

18th December 2021

"Ho, ho, ho - Hope you can join us for a festive drink..."

  • Thursday 23rd Dec: 7pm - 10pm
  • Christmas Eve 24 Dec: 6pm - 10pm
  • Christmas Day 25 Dec: 11am - 1pm
  • Boxing Day 26 Dec: CLOSED
  • Monday 27 Dec: CLOSED
  • Tuesday 28 Dec: 7pm - 10pm
  • Wednesday 29 Dec: 7pm - 11pm
  • Thursday 30 Dec: 7pm - 11pm
  • New Year's Eve 31 Dec: CLOSED
  • New Year's Day 1 Jan: CLOSED



Club Reunion 2022

30th August 2021

"Time to reminisce..."

April 2001 Reunion

The player reunion has been rescheduled for April 23rd 2022, we thought that this would be the best option after the year we have had.

Look out for further details.

The last reunion was held way back in 2001. The photos from that event either be found here.

"Hot off the press..."

Visit the club's Facebook page for the latest, hot off the press news, including the team lineup for this saturday's match and other informative snippets.

Neil Tucker (Tucks)
Club Chairman





Club News

16th December 2021

"Team photos found..."
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Clevedon 3 Chosen Hill 35

11th December 2021

"Clevedon lose at home"

Kevin Weaver: Charlie Tucker on the rampage...

A solitary penalty was all Clevedon could manage on a dark and murky afternoon at The Vale

This was a game that needed a spark or two to liven it up. Unfortunately, they failed to ignite and Clevedon were left trying to find positives from a match largely devoid of them and would explain the lack of a proper report!!

Hopefully, Clevedon can turn the tables against seventh place Winscombe next week in their last game of 2021.



Chipping Sodbury 39 Clevedon 17

4th December 2021

"Clevedon rue lapses"
By Will Carpenter

Kevin Weaver: Captain Brian scores...

Clevedon were left to rue some early lapses as they fell to defeat at Chipping Sodbury on Saturday.

Clevedon were left to rue some early lapses as they fell to defeat at Chipping Sodbury on Saturday.

Captain Brian Largenton scored either side of half time for the visitors, while Jonny Hicks crossed out wide following a pinpoint kick from Ethan Thomas, but Clevedon were made to pay for a slow start that saw Sodbury score three first-half tries.

Largenton's try on the stroke of half time gave his side a lifeline, but Sodbury struck again with a try and penalty, leaving Clevedon to chase the game late on.

Largenton powered over again and Hicks touched down in the corner, but the bonus-point try evaded them, as the hosts capped victory with a fifth try of the afternoon.



Clevedon 66 Cheltenham North 28

27th November 2021

"Ten try Clevedon"
By Will Carpenter

Kevin Weaver: Ryder-Smith scores his third try...

Edd Ryder-Smith scored a hat-trick as ten-try Clevedon thrashed Cheltenham North at Coleridge Vale on Saturday.

Clevedon returned to winning ways with a ten-try demolition of Cheltenham North at Coleridge Vale on Saturday.

Fresh off the back of last weekend's heavy defeat on the road, Nick George's side responded in emphatic style, as Edd Ryder-Smith's hat-trick led the charge in blustery conditions.

Scrum-half Danny Harris continued his impressive try scoring form with two more in an accomplished display from the young number nine, while his half-back partner Ethan Thomas added six conversions.

Wing Matt Fisher grabbed a second-half double, spotting a gap to dart over from close range before winning the race to Thomas' kick ahead with the very final play.

Tom Thie was also on the scoresheet thanks to some silky footballing skills, hacking ahead and collecting to touch down, while Brian Largenton also powered over from close range as the Seasiders stormed to a fourth league win of the season.

Elsewhere, Clevedon 2nd XV continued their impressive start to the season with a commanding 7-41 victory over local rivals Yatton. The result leaves the Seasiders in second place with five wins from seven games, one point behind leaders Hornets, who have a game in hand.

On Saturday, Clevedon 1st XV play Chipping Sodbury away, 14:30 kick off. The 2nd XV are at home to Weston-Super-Mare, kick off 14:30.





R.I.P. Stuart Houston

24th November 2021

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Stuart was a lifelong member of the Clevedon Rugby Club and held various committee positions throughout his rugby career.

He played 1st XV rugby and amassed at least a couple hundred games for the club.

After his playing days were over, Stuart was colts coach and assistant from 1990 until 1997 and in the colour photo he can be seen on the left.

He is third from the left in the team photo.

Stuart's funeral will be held on the 13th December 2021 at South Bristol Crematorium, followed by a wake at Bristol & Clifton Golf Club.

Our thoughts are with his family.

R.I.P. Stuart




Clevedon 25 Barton Hill 17

6th November 2021

"Three on the bounce"

Hugh Childs: Vet Tom Thie scores his try...

Clevedon ran in three tries to seal a third successive league victory over Barton Hill at Coleridge Vale.

Clevedon made it three wins on the bounce with a hard-fought victory over Barton Hill at Coleridge Vale.

Tries from Danny Harris, Tom Thie and Charlie Tucker and ten points from the boot of Ethan Thomas sealed a gritty win for Nick George's side, who have climbed to tenth in Western Counties North.

The North Somerset Times report by Joshua Thomas can be found here.



Avonmouth 15 Clevedon 20

30th October 2021

"Victory at Barracks Lane"

Hugh Childs: Danny Harris scores his try...

Tries from Brian Largenton, Jack Crew and Danny Harris seal derby victory at Barracks Lane.

Clevedon Head Coach, Nick George hailed the progress of his side after they recorded back-to-back wins in Western Counties North with a 15-20 victory over local rivals Avonmouth at Barracks Lane.

Tries from captain Brian Largenton, hooker Jack Crew and scrum-half Danny Harris, and five points from the boot of Ali Balcombe sealed a hard-fought win for the Seasiders ' and George has urged his side to build on the success of recent weeks.

"I'm really pleased with the progress the group has made over the last few weeks and it showed on Saturday," he said.

"There are a lot of areas of the game we can improve on, but the boys showed a lot of heart on Saturday. We are becoming a team, and this is just one step in the process."

"Avonmouth are a good side and they made us work for 80 mins to get the result ' as they always do. We had to battle all the way and we're obviously delighted with back-to-back wins."

"It's been a rollercoaster start to the season and it's important that we now build consistency in both the first and second teams so we can push on in our respective leagues."

Clevedon welcome Barton Hill to Coleridge Vale on Saturday, looking to make it three wins from three against the Bristol-based side, who currently sit in sixth place, with four wins and four defeats from their eight games.



Clevedon 48 Gloucester Spartans 12

23rd October 2021

"Seven try Clevedon"

Hugh Childs: Danny Harris gets a hug...

Clevedon RFC captain, Brian Largenton has urged his side to build on Saturday's bonus-point victory over Gloucester Spartans, after the Coleridge Vale outfit recorded a first win of the season in emphatic style.

The Seasiders ran in seven tries to end a run of six straight defeats, with Mike Lowis, Andy Davis, Charlie Tucker, Jake Perry, Adam Livingston, Danny Harris and Rudy Gates all touching down ' and Largenton says Clevedon must now kick on, starting with a derby clash against Avonmouth this weekend.

"I'm proud of the team and the attitude," he said. "Spartans were ready for a physical battle and it would have been easy to get caught in an arm wrestle, but we carried on to play our game all the way through which got us the victory and a bonus point.

"Despite what the results have shown, it has felt like it was something we had worked hard on for a long time. Things are finally starting to click, but we know we've got a lot to work on and plenty of areas to improve.

"It's important now not to let the foot off the gas and really build on this performance. We have Avonmouth away on Saturday and we will need to work even harder to get the result we want away from home."

The North Somerset Times report by Joshua Thomas can be found here.





Old Bristolians 50 Clevedon 26

9th October 2021

Weave: Captain Largenton scores...

Have a look at Weave's skydrive pics of this match.



Clevedon 14 Gordano 17

18th September 2021

Weave: A minutes silence for Brooker...

The North Somerset Times report by Joshua Thomas can be found here.



Winscombe 30 Clevedon 19

11th September 2021

Weave: A minutes silence for Brooker...

The North Somerset Times report by Joshua Thomas can be found here.



Cleve 23 Clevedon 7

4th September 2021

Weave: Ollie Jones scores...

Have a look at Weave's skydrive pics of this match.

Club News

6th September 2021

"At last..."

On Saturday the 4th September 2021, a proper game of league rugby broke out for the first time since 14th March 2020.

That is 539 days or 1 year, 5 months, 21 days or 17 months, 21 days or 46,569,600 seconds or 776,160 minutes or 12,936 hours or 539 days or 77 weeks, so long ago in fact that some players weren't even out of nappies back then.

It was a similar situation for the supporters. Everyone one of us was either looking older(obvs!), thinner, fatter, greyer or slower. In some cases it was all of the above!

What hadn't changed though was the never ending wit and repartee, especially from those drinking some of the loud juice from the bar.

Long may it continue.

Club Reunion 2022

30th August 2021

"Time to reminisce..."

April 2001 Reunion

The player reunion has been rescheduled for April 23rd 2022, we thought that this would be the best option after the year we have had.

Look out for further details.

The last reunion was held way back in 2001. The photos from that event either be found here.

Neil Tucker (Tucks)
Club Chairman



Cleve 23 Clevedon 7

4th September 2021

Team: Will Carpenter, Tom Wills, Mason Parslow, Adam Livingstone, Jonny Hicks, Ethan Thomas, Danny Harris, Bryan Largenton(c), Jack Crew, Dan Allison, Ollie Jones, William Trollope, Pat Childs, Ryan Hervey, Ed Ryder Smith. Replacements: James Lugtig, Ben Allcock, Elliot Poulter. Coaches: Dave Owen, Nick George

"Plenty of heart"

Weave: A minutes silence for Brooker...

Clevedon were on the road for their first competitive league game in 17 months against Cleve, who entered Western Counties North via South West One last season.

After an emotional minutes silence for club legend Tim Brooks the started at a frantic pace and only relented when the heavies succumbed to the heat of the day.

It was always going to be a tough opening game and so it proved. However, Clevedon were never out of the game and showed some steely commitment throughout.

It was an open game of rugby that Cleve were marginally better at and they deserved their win.

Clevedon did have the possession to challenge and with a little fine tuning will be a force to reckon with for the rest of the season.

Next Week

6th September 2021

"On the road again..."

Clevedon's next game is away to second placed Winscombe on Saturday 11th September for a 14:30 kick off.





R.I.P. Tim Brooks

26th April 2021

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Brooker sadly died on the 23rd April 2021 after a sudden illness.

He was was a legendary Clevedon sportsman having played for the rugby club all his playing life. He was 1st XV captain for the 1996 - 1998 seasons and played well over 200 games as a creative bish-bosh centre.

Brooker's Clevedon Cricket Club playing career was equally brilliant and he played golf with the rugby club's Hookers golf society, touring with them on two infamous trips to France.

Tim was a man who had a huge zest for life and his passing has left a huge void in the lives of many people who knew him, me included.

Our condolences, thoughts and prayers go to his lovely wife Rachel and their equally lovely daughters, Katie and Emily.

R.I.P. Brooker



Memories of Brooker

Through the years

This is an eclectic mix of Brooker photos from my collection. In time, I will attempt to put a date and occasion to every one of them. For now though, please enjoy remembering what Tim was like as a husband, father, son, brother, sportsman, party animal and mate. Needless to say, he enjoyed life to the full and will be a great loss to everyone that knew him.

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