The Vagabonds CC Rugby History
Well it may come as a surprise to many of you, but yes we did turn out a rugby XV for an annual fixture against Alresford RFC from 1992 to 1996 the results were as follows:
- Lost 7-9
- Won 44-6
- Lost 9-15
- Lost 6-19
- Won 29-26
A pretty creditable performance from a team that had no history of playing together.
Our only ‘ringers’ were the London Cornish RFC front row, a club from whom we borrowed shirts for the game courtesy of Jack Whillans long connection with the LCRFC
Current members who played included Jack Whillans, Pete Nokes, Tim Richman ( his first game of rugby and he was a natural !), Bertie & Simon Clay ,Steve Hyde, Justin Rhodes, Richard Shinner, James Harding and notable performances from our old Kiwi members, Messrs Bamford, McCaulliffe and Green.
Edward Reed’s touchline support with his own vag cheer – Vaga Vaga Vaga Bond Bond Bond sung in a very camp tone no doubt helped to encourage our performance !
The games were, it could be said, very competitive, rugby clubs were not meant to lose against cricket club scratch sides, but naturally post match saw a grand ‘ noggin ‘ at The Horse and Groom in Alresford.