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1. History 1

In 1967 Sid Cooper formed Kolster Brands ( KB ) Rugby Club. The Club was a section of the Social and Athletic Club, situated within the factory site at Maidstone Road, Sidcup, (opposite the then, Sidcup bus garage). Paul Young is the only original member still (very rarely) playing. Jeff and Steve Wade although still playing were not at the club at its conception.

In 1968 AEI Woolwich ( Old Siemens ) Rugby Club merged with the Club, becoming Kolster Rugby Club. (Roy Peacock was instrumental in negotiating the merger). (Siemens / AEI had to finish as a club due to the Woolwich factory and sports club closing because of the GEC take-over).

Between 1967 and 1993 the Club played under four different names; KB, ( Kolster Brand ) Standard Kolster, ITT Footscray and STC Footscray, while remaining at the Maidstone Road site.

There was one pitch within the factory site, with changing rooms in the club house. At one stage the rugby section had to use the changing rooms beside the outdoor swimming pool, there were two showers, one for each team. As the teams had to pass near to the pool, too and from the game it was inevitable that some players were persuaded to take cold swims.

There was a fatality at the club, 1st March 1969, the 1st team were playing Streatham and Croydon 3rds. A scrummage collapsed and Frank Giddings ( Footscray 2nd row forward) broke his neck. Although Frank was rushed to hospital he died on the 6th March 1969. For many years after, the two teams played for the Frank Giddings memorial cup, eventually the cup was presented as a keep sake to Franks daughter.