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Celebrate 75 years of Mitcham Rugby Club. Vs. Mitcham 1 st TEAM. Surrey President 15. Kick Off 3.00PM. £1. Saturday 24th April. 1st Team kit Sponsor Primary Sponsor. Welcome

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Celebrate 75 years

of Mitcham Rugby Club


Mitcham 1st TEAM

Surrey President 15

Kick Off 3.00PM


Saturday 24th April


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Welcome and thank you for joining us today to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Mitcham RFC. I would in particular like to thank Surrey Rugby for arranging the opposition, the playing and kit and of course all the players and guests from across the county. As Mitcham RFC reaches this milestone it does so with all 3 teams having good seasons with the team today in the Surrey Bowl final next weekend at Imber Court. This is quite an achievement for a team that has seen a high turnover of players in the last couple of seasons. With the emphasis this season on bringing through new players and raising skill levels through coaching and it appears to be paying dividends.  Other areas of the club are also flourishing  with the under 14's being promoted and the mini's winning a couple of trophies at rugby festivals this season. With the colts providing players for both the 1st and 3rds this season the continuation and success of the mini's and midi are vital for the long term future of the senior sides.  I hope you all enjoy the game and share a few stories and drinks after with players young and not so young who I am sure will be willing to tell you of their glory days. Last of all I want to thank the committee and all the volunteers at Mitcham RFC, without whose efforts the club simply couldn't function.


Peter Hegarty Chairman Mitcham RFC


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Mitcham 1st team

1. Jeremy Shallow, 27 years old, 2yrs in 1st team.

    Jezz has been a rock on the left side of the scrum this year, when his missus lets him play that is.

2. Ben Kilner, 26, 5.

    Would be the complete hooker if it wasn’t for his throwing in.….and scrummaging…..and open play…..and……you get the idea.

3. Scott “Mute” Robinson, 26, 5.

    Rents a small room in Adam Bailey's house. I'd never bother speaking either.

4. Sam “Horse” Bardwell, 33, 10.

    Highly versatile forward, exceptional fitness, lineout captain, general all round hero. Not bad at writing match day programmes either.

5. Martin “Daffyd” Timms, 36, 6.

    Will talk the hind legs off a donkey . His rugby hero is Gareth Thomas.

6. Adam Bailey, 29, 8.

    Has a reputation for being soft, which is nonsense – he is actually very soft. Tiny eyes.

7. Mark “Wig Arse” Whittall, 28, 10.

    A first team regular for ten years Mark’s rugby ability is only topped by his ridiculous collection of belt buckles. Not funny.

8. Simon “Nipples” Barnard, 28, 3.

    Today’s captain, Simon has cemented a place at number 8 this season despite having the pace of a brick. Loves telling the referee the correct “interpretation” of the laws.

9. Ryan “Ritchie” Jones, 18, 1.

    Live wire scrum half fresh from the youth section of the club. Keeps us all amused with Ritchie Cunningham impressions.


Mitcham 1st team

10. Pete “Princess” Zsitvai, 31, 3.

      Hungarian international - would play more often but generally misses meet times “doing his hair”.

11. Adrian Van Rensburg, 30, 3.

     Stocky, powerhouse winger, if you want to talk to him sober make sure it’s within ten minutes of the final whistle – even that’s no guarantee.

12. Carl “Two Pints” Donaldson, 31, 3.

      Hard running, big hitting, kiwi centre. Fat.

13. Neville “Crowbar” Moriarty, 34, 11.

      First team stalwart, Nev has been the seasons top try scorer on many occasions, a fact he will not hesitate to tell anyone unlucky enough to get stuck at the bar with him.

14. Dave “The Whisper” Anthony, 24, 1.

      New boy on the block, no one knows anything about him as never opens his mouth. Good job, as the rumours are he’s very dull.

15. Wayne “Chav” Bryant, 25, 5.

      Wayne is impressively back playing after fracturing a vertebrae last season. Never give him the valuables bag.


Mitcham 1st team

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16. Lee Robinson, 22, 3.

      Great technical scrummager for one so young. Rumours that this is down to his size are substantiated by the fact that we don’t have a shirt that fits him.

17. Andy “Pies” Ribbans, 30 , 2.

      So addicted to facebook he gives status updates about breathing in and out.

18. Alex Gale, 18 , 1.


19. Conrad “Frank” Murray, 36 , 12.

      Where do you start? You haven’t played against Mitcham until you’ve been smacked by Conrad. Coming back from yet another injury Connie simply refuses to realise he’s past it.

20. James “Mammoth” Terrell, 18 , 1.

      Ginger, ginger, ginger. Takes all the heat off Ryan Jones.

21. Jake Odell,18 , 1.

      Lanky streak of piss and will not shut up. Not important enough to have anything else written about him.


Alex Grieve, 24.

Steering us to a cup final, Alex has taken a player/coach role this season. Should stick to coaching.


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Surry Presidents

Rugby Union Football is now good news, big news: the game is a success story, more players, more spectators, more exposure on TV, more column-inches in the papers! And the base-plate to all of this: our rugby community clubs, clubs clearly focused on the needs of their vicinities, promoting and developing the game across their immediate localities, providing rugby opportunities of all kinds to the young and the not so young for among their near neighbours.

For 75 years now, Mitcham Rugby Club have been proudly flying the Rugby Union flag in South-West London, and Surrey Rugby is proud to part of the celebrations marking this significant milestone in the club’s history. Sustaining the game in a metropolitan borough is not without its challenges, and Mitcham are to be congratulated on the way in which over the years they have risen to these, witness the 16 sides, including three senior XVs, regularly taking the field. Particularly worthy of mention and commendation is the work currently being undertaken in schools across the borough for which it has been designated by Merton as its ‘Community Sports Club of the Year’.

Assembling a side to celebrate Mitcham’s achievements over the years has been a sheer pleasure and I know a fair and entertaining game will ensue. Mitcham have pulled out all the stops to make today memorable and Surrey’s gratitude goes to them. Here’s to the next 75 years and as ever to Rugby Union’s enduring core values - teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship.

May one and all enjoy this afternoon.

Fred Batchelor

President, Surrey Rugby


Presidents XV squad

1.James Blashfield - Reigate

2.Richard Holmden - O.Glynonians

3.Dave Manning - Reigate

4.Alex Hacking - CL London

5.Lee Cartwright - Reigate

6.Andrew Turner - Reigate

7.John Grant - O.Wandsworthians

8.Gavin Welsh - O.Walcountians

9.Warren Fourie - O.Walcountians

10.Harry Whitely - O.Emanuel

11.Simon King - Reigate

12.Jake Fordham - O.Emanuel ( Capt.)

13.Adam Creed - O.Radleians

14.Ben Essex - O.Glynonians

15.Germain Otoo - O.Glynonians

16.Sam Drew - O. Glynonians

17.Pieter JV.Vuuren - Raynes PK

18.Patrick McMeekin - O. Rads.

19.Struan Robertson - CL London

20.Paul Daniels - Raynes Pk.

21.Chris Venn - Raynes Pk.

22.James Vivian - CL London

23.Daniel Vantomme - Raynes Pk

Coach: Rob Park - O. Emanuel

Physio: Jennie Hunt


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Club History

Mitcham Rugby Football Club is a small but ambitious club founded in 1935 - we are celebrating our 75th anniversary this year! Situated in Poulter Park which straddles the borders of Mitcham, Morden and Carshalton, we currently run 3 senior teams, plus a Vets side and have a thriving Mini & Youth Section.

Formerly Old Mitchamians, the club has shown the ability to adapt and succeed in the face of adversity and change.

R.A. (Reg) Brown was the first Captain, holding the post for five seasons, with the first match being played against the Bantams at Raynes Park – losing 52-3. At the 50th Anniversary Dinner, held at RFU Headquarters Twickenham, J.B. (Barry) Pritchard was Guest Speaker on behalf of the Old Mitchamians. He mentioned that the Club went into limbo during the Second World War and started up again in 1945 with E.A (Eddie) Goldbourne as Captain and playing one match against the School.

The first full season of fixtures came in 1947/48 with Barry himself as Captain – a post he held for the ensuing four seasons. 1953/54 produced the best playing record – losing 1 game out of 27 and scoring 431 points to 54. Before settling onto Figges Marsh and eventually Wandle Valley, the Club played on many grounds including Mitcham Stadium (now a housing estate), NAAFI (now Tooting and & Mitcham FC), Kings College (now a housing estate) and Mitcham Mill House changing rooms (now a restaurant).

Old Mitchamians players of note include E.J. (Eric) Humphries who played for Rosslyn Park and T.D. (Tony) Gathercole who played for Harlequins.


Club History

In the past 15 years we have lost our old clubhouse and pitches, played out of a public house, gained a new ground and clubhouse and founded a minis and youth section. Our Senior side currently plays in Surrey Division Three. This success story has been due to the hard work of committee members past and present as well as other dedicated individuals, coupled with a very loyal playing base.

The 1st XV finished 3rd place in the League and have reached the final of the Surrey Bowl, to be played on the 2nd of May at Imber Court. Both our 2nd and 3rd XVs had great seasons. The 2nd XV winning a very tough league after promotion and our 3rd XV winning the majority of their games, while helping us develop our Academy side based around our current crop of very talented Colts. We also have a very successful Vets team who also regularly meet socially for nights out and tour annually.

In years gone by, Mitcham has had a strong and successful Sevens team and more recently we have won the Middlesex Junior Vase twice at the Stoop, home of the Premiership team the NEC Harlequins.

Mitcham Rugby club has a very social feel to it, which is enhanced by club tours and regular social events, such as last season’s very successful Dinner and Dance, inter-club Sevens tournament and 'Fat Boys and Fairies' Ten a side Competition.

We are always looking for new players of all standards. Whether you would like to play competitive rugby, are just a social player or just enjoy watching a good game of rugby you will be made to feel welcome at Mitcham RFC.


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