From the Archives
Over the years since Ruislip RFC was formed many of the Club’s papers and records have been passed down to ex committee men like myself for safe keeping. Much of these papers offer an intriguing and informative insight into the past history of the Club, material rather than gathering dust should be shared with the Members. Throughout the season I aim to produce, on a monthly basis, some extracts from the archives which I hope you will find provides an interesting and sometimes amusing comparison with rugby and the Club as we know it today.
For the first offering I will take you back to the 1950’s and the early days of Ruislip RFC.
In 1957 the Club acquired its’ first clubhouse, a second hand timber structure transported to West End Road and reassembled near the pitches. The Clubhouse was purchased from the London School of Divinity. Drainage had not been connected on time and according to a letter: - “Will you tell the teams that if they want to be able to use the Clubhouse next weekend they will have to turn up with spades on Sunday to complete the drain trench…….The depth at this point should be about 3ft.”
Good training no doubt
Finances were tight in 1957 but princely sums were raised from:-
3 dances £60
1 draw £70
Bar & refreshments £200
The Club is well known for its’ mini and youth rugby in which it has a long tradition. In 1959 we hosted a 7-a-side schools competition in which Abbotsfield, Edgware, Mellow Lane, Copland, Greenway, Pinner, Downer Grammar, Northwood, Kilburn Grammar, Priory and Gunnersbury all took part. Unfortunately records do not show who won.
At the end of the decade subscriptions were:-
Players £2 2s 0d (£2.1)
& Non playing members £1 1s 0d (£1.05)
Oh and don’t forget the Clubhouse burnt down but more about that next month
Next month,The Swinging Sixties