Christmas 1990 fuelled by far too many strong continental Lagers, a motley crew in the Bricklayers, Shoreditch laid down a challenge to the rest of the boozer.
How about a game of rugby on the last day before Christmas? It was a pretty disparate bunch. sans any sort of strip, who turned up at Hackney Marshes for the first game, with the only try being scored by Heroin Addict George, alas no longer with us.
The first games...
The game was considered such a success that 90% of the players never returned, but a few diehards wanted more and after a couple of months a fixture was arranged for the team now called Old Streetonians against UCS Old Boys.
Kaptain Kango kicked a penalty to put us 3 points up, after that it all went wrong. Undismayed the team managed more fixtures, but Kango's precious 3 points were all the team scored for the whole of the first season.
Undeterred the team trained hard for the second season and almost exactly 12 months after the first fateful match scored their first victory with a 12-11 win against Guys Hospital 4th. Ben Lovechild, who stills plays, scored the winning try.
The team now began to win a few more games and eventually applied to play in the league, a move which initially had a very cool response from the RFU. After much procrastination Street were allowed to join the Herts and Middlesex League, and recorded their first win in the league against Old Totts in 1995.
The high point every season for the club is the Denise Vinyl Cup, named after the Bar Maid in the Bricklayers who was very keen on rubberwear.
Another highlight of the season are the club tours each year, Belgium being the hosts for a successful 2001 tour where almost everyone scored, and Paris in 2003 where a game was won. On the 2007 tour to Germany and Austria Old Street won both their games. In 2008 we held our first ever Vets tour to Gernika near Bilboa and then toured Portugal winning both fixtures. In 2009 the lads travelled to Dresden winning both their games convincingly and took part in the Livorno 10's. In 2009 there was a return trip to Gernika in the Basque region and San Sebastion.
In 2010, the culmination of the season was the club tour to Greece where they played Athens RFC which boasts 11 national players in their squad and are the Greek champions. Street broke their unbeaten 44 game record in a great display of running rugby, winning 31-12. Despite being most recent, not one of the squad can actually remember the successful tour to Livorno in early summer 2012. And we mean that in the good way...
During the summer months we participate in sevens competitions and Touch rugby tournaments.
Dave Bailey, ex Saracens, Rosslyn Park and Livorno (Italy) is our current Head coach and is assisted by Michael Nielsen.