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Whitecroft Rugby Football team in 1953.

Whitecroft RFC 1953

Back Row : 1 Charlie Walker, 2 Cliff Moore, 3 unknown , 4 "Deamon" Davis, 5 unknown, 6 Gerald James ("Slogger"), 7 unknown, 8 Joe Westmacot (Forestry Commission), 9 unknown, 10 unknown, 11 Harold Hill, 12 Jim Clements (Chariman), 13 Arthur Lewis
Middle Row : 1 Horace Lee, 2 Albert Willetts, 3 Gwyn Humphries, 4 Bob Edmunds, 5 Ray Willetts (captain) 6 Winston Walker, 7 Arthur James, 8 Terry Brown, 9 Teddy Hill, 10 Leslie Lewis (with cane).
Front Row : 1 Ralf Lewis, 2 Gwyn Hill, 3 Len Rickards, 4 Cyril Hawkins.

This is the Whitecroft RFC team of 1952 - 1953 pictured with the Forest of Dean Combination Cup which they won that season.Whitecroft RFC had the distinction of winning the Combination Cup in it's very first seasom 1913-1914. They played on a field which was adjacent to what was then know as "Whitecroft Pin Factory". Eventually the field was required for industrial use. They changed at the Miners Arms pub in Whitecroft.
The club were nicknamed "The Greeks" due to the olympic torch on the club badge.

The following information on Whitecroft RFC is reproduced with the permission of the author Terry James :
"Here is a list of seasons they won The Combination Cup :
1919-20, 1928-29,
1933-34, 1935-36, 1936-37, 1937-38, 1938-39,
1945-46, 1948-49, 1949-50,
1950-51, 1952-53, 1953-54.
Seasons 1946-47 and 1947-48, Whitecroft entered and won the Curacho Cup.
My father Dennis James, who played wing forward, was awarded five winners medals from 1933 through to 1951. He may have had more but these are the only ones I have.
When they were formed I do not know but I think that they disbanded in 1958.
Terry would be very interested to know of any photos or anything connected with Whitecroft RFC. Terry can be contacted by email at Email address (1k)

Thanks also to David Price.

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