History 2 of 3

2. History 2

His enthusiasm brought success and in 1932-1933, the Club played its first games. The team consisted of the experienced and inexperienced. There were Old Boys, School staff, a few rugby playing 'immigrants' to Ashbourne and Senior School pupils. The Club games were included in 'Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Ashbourne, Hockey and RUFC Fixture Lists — 1932-1933.' Teams played during that season were Derby Tigers, Old Mannerians, Old Baileans, Nottingham University III, Abbotsholme and Derby Borough Police.

The fixture-list shows that between October 1st, 1932 and March 18th, 1933, there were two practice matches and twenty-eight School and Club matches — all during term time — not a bad effort! Major Ball, no doubt had much to do with making the Grammar School the venue for the Derbyshire— Staffordshire County matches in these early years. Prince Alexander Obolensky, who played for England, the Barbarians and Midland Counties and was the scorer of one of Twickenham's "classic" tries, played for Derbyshire in one of these games on February 28th, 1934. Derbyshire won 23 points to 11. At the close of the 1932-1933 season, the first Annual General Meeting was held at Willmott's Cafe in Church Street, on June 30th, 1933. At the meeting it was proposed by John Allen (later killed in action as an R.A.F. Fighter Pilot) and seconded by K. W. Wright "That the Ashbourne Rugby Football Union Club be officially formed." Amongst those present appear the names of W. A. Bembridge, A. H. Birch, H. G. Plumbly, K. W. Wright. Records of Executive Committee Meetings which followed make interesting reading. They record that Royal Blue and Gold were to be the Club colours, the Annual Subscription was to be 7/6 (37V2p) and match subs 1/6 (7V2p), the cost of a bus to Nottingham at £2 was considered too expensive and players were instructed to use public transport, the secretary was authorised to buy Bukta shirts at 6/- (30p) each and Lillywhite stockings at 1/11 (lOp) per pair, LESS DISCOUNT, to be sold later to players. The 1933/1934 Season was now under way.