Ian Armitage made his debut for the Old Mods some 50 years ago and he has been central to the club ever since.
Ian has decided this will be his last season running the 3rd team.
On Sunday 26th April 2015 Mods' young & old (some too old!) took to the field. Some were not fit enough to play half a game, some barely fit enough to walk from the changing rooms to the pitch but none of this mattered. It was a sunny day to celebrate Ian Armitage's 50 year active role with the Old Modernians' Rugby Club as a player through all the sides and a past 1st XV captain. Since his retirement from playing he has always ensured, whenever atall possible (ably assisted by our stalwart fixture secretary, Dave Carter) the 3rd XV had a team and a game every Saturday throughout the season.
Today's game is to mark his 50 year involvement and also his retirement from the organisational side.
Ian, aged 72 shortly, started the match in the familiar position of hooker & from where I was standing barely looked any different from the days I lined up in the same team with him - balding, short in stature, red in the face but keen to get started and take 'em on!
He played 10 or 15 minutes of what turned out to be a mainly very competitive game - helped by the old guys (sorry to those younger ones amongst you) playing downhill both halves and what could be described by some as a friendly referee in Neal French. Well done Neal, just right.
The match lasted about an hour and gave all willing volunteers a run out. I think the final score was 40-29 to the young men in white.
Before the Uphill Mods' Team's last minute victory clincher a shock victory for the Old Brigade was on the cards when former "express train" Andy Downes surged into a gap 50 metres from the try line. The crowd, remembering past heroics, roared Downsie to glory.
"Go on Downsie!"
He was tackled 40 metres short.
Have a look at the match photos.
Sorry about the quality but the sun was a nuisance!