Contents: Commemoration Day 2008 report: page 5 College News: Best results in England page 8 New Art School opened page 9 Peter Rumney Memorial Rugby Match page 17 New Home Ground Pavilion opened by Mike Gatting: page 20 John Popeâ€™s Retirement Match full report: page 21 OBs storm to victory in Sweden Stockholm 10s rugby report: back page OBA Office: Brighton College Eastern Road Brighton BN2 0AL t: +44 (0) 1273 704250 (Direct line) t: +44 (0) 1273 704200 (switchboard) f: +44 (0) 1273 704204 e: firstname.lastname@example.org Office hours : 8.30am to 12.30pm (Mon to Fri) Website & Magazine Produced by Alex Bremer (R. 1979-83), 3B Web Design www.3bweb.com - (0845 450 5968)
OBA Committee: President & AROPS Rep: Tony Whitestone Hon. Secretary: Tim Loadsman (L. 1951-57) Hon. Treasurer: Paul Lobo (C. 1976-81) Administrator: Fiona Aiken (F. 1979-81) Headmaster: Richard Cairns (ex officio) Parent Rep: Della Keighley Council Rep: Andrew Symonds (A. 1955-59) Chris Pett (H. 1962-67) Giles Stubbs (R. 1997-02) Nicky Stanton (W. 2001-03) Alex Bremer (R. 1979-83) David Gold (S. 1986-91) Sports Rep: John Aiken (A. 1976-81 - ex officio) Head of School: Georgina Aisbitt Deputies: Nik Pass & Bradley Vanstone
Dear Old Brightonians, Greetings to you all from Bern in Switzerland. Thanks to the wonders of modern information technology, I can send you greetings from anywhere, and I hope that wherever you are presently in the world you are thriving and well. I hope you enjoy reading this latest edition of The Pelican, put together with his customary skill by Alex Bremer (R. 1979-83) with the help of Fiona Aiken (F. 1979-81) in the OB back office. I also hope to see as many of you as possible at the Dinner in November and at other OB events throughout the year. As before I am grateful to all of you who send me personal messages from time to time. Please continue to stay in touch. Special greetings and congratulations to the wonderful leaving class of 2008 - you will soon be receiving your own communication from me. Best wishes to you all.
Tony Whitestone, (ex staff, 1971-2006), OBA President PS: Thanks to the many Old Brightonians who send me their news, opinions, photos, memories. Keep them coming - email me directly at email@example.com.
News in brief Paul Samrah (L. 1972-77, below left) wins the EA Sports Fan of the Year, 2008 posted: 2nd March 2008 Brighton & Hove Albion supporter, Paul Samrah (L. 1972-77) has won the EA SPORTS Fan of the Year Award at the 2008 Football League Awards incorporating FourFourTwo’s Top 50 Football League Players. Paul received the award which was sponsored by EA SPORTS, at a gala dinner at The London Hilton, Park Lane on Sunday 2nd March 2008 in front of over 800 attendees from clubs, sponsors and the football industry. Paul first rose to prominence in the mid ‘90s as a leading member of the Independent Supporters Association. Since then, he has spent the last decade working to help the club achieve their ambition of finding a new permanent home. Paul, chairman of the ‘Falmer For All’ campaign, organised petitions in support of the club’s wish to build a new stadium. The club successfully received planning permission in 2007 with Paul playing a pivotal role in organising the club’s political, social, moral and economic case for the new multi sports community stadium at Falmer. On winning the award, Samrah commented: “I am absolutely delighted. This award is as much for the thousands of fans around the country who helped us in our hour of need, as it is for me.” The Fan of the Year judging panel commented “Paul has displayed personal sacrifice and dedication during a particularly difficult era for his club. This involved not just supporting the team from the terraces but galvanising other supporters and using every vehicle available to ensure his club succeeded in achieving a move to a new home that will provide a focus for both fellow supporters and the local community for generations to come.”
David Owen (B. 1945-48, right) will be leaping from a perfectly servicable aircraft above Cirencester on 7th October in order to raise funds for “Help For Heroes”. David writes: “I heard that “Help for Heroes” are looking for donations to purchase a house near to Selly Oak Hospital so that families of those wounded and undergoing treatment have somewhere to stay when visiting their loved ones. I decided this time, even at my age, I should DO something more positive and indeed I CAN do something”. You can support him at: www.bmycharity.com/V2/Davidsparajump David Dashwood (H. 1955-58) posted: 22nd March 2008 Started working life in horticulture. Spent 7 years doing this ending as a Nursery Manager. Joined army in 1966 and spent 22 years serving in all areas of the world including Cyprus, Falklands, and Belize. Ended service as a Warrant Officer. I then Joined IBM and ran their PC / Retail Service centre in the South of England for 6 years. Spent 13 years in computer industry finally retiring because of ill health. Now spend my time paying golf and am currently seniors captain at Gosport & Stokes Bay Golf Club. Married for 45 years and have two adult sons and four grand children. Alan Olley (C. 1972-76) posted: 22nd March 2008 I left Brighton went to Hadlow and Plumpton colleges,gained OND in farm management,travelled around had several jobs some good some not so. I set up on my own near Appledore Kent in 1983 Graduated into transport in 97,still have the farm and the lorries,diversified into shipping container storage,hire and sales have an agency for an Irish firm selling precast concrete tanks for rainwater harvesting,effluent control and oil seperation. Chris Christoforou (A. 1975-80) posted: 19th March 2008 Chris moved to to Miami in 1987 with his wife Dana and has lived there ever since. For over twenty years has been buying and selling business ventures of every nature and has owned and managed many of his own. Chris has earned the CBI certification putting him in an elite group
of professional brokers dealing with businesses. John Want (H. 1987-92) posted: 25th February 2008 After finally graduating with a CIM Postgrad Diploma in Marketing, I’ve just moved down to sunny Cornwall to take up the role of Senior Brand Manager at Ginster’s - the makers of everyone’s favourite Cornish pasties! Back to England after 11 years in the Welsh valleys... E. Harold Fellows (L. 1950-53) posted: 12th February 2008 Royal Navy, Wine trade, now retired and living in Northern Cyprus with a small vineyard. Brother Frank (L 1945-49) still runs a sailing and water-sports complex near Stutterheim Eastern Cape SA. Kip Baker (L. 1964) posted: 1st February 2008 After years of running around chasing my own tail (so to speak) from diver in charge of the first phase of the Brighton marina, to organising travel warrants for engineers in Algeria, to running picture framing shops in East Anglia, to owning a transport company in the east of England.....I finally ran away and hid! I now do pretty much of nothing as an interpreter and “estate agent” in central France. La belle vie! Of course should any OBs want to hide here I’ll be pleased to help and if anyone actually remembers me (I’d be surprised!) I’d love to hear from them. Bill Blackshaw (Headmaster 1971-87) has had to endure an extended stay in hospital as a result of complications following an operation on his hip. The Association send him and Elizabeth their very best wishes.
Commemoration Day 2008 22 June 2008 report by Alex Bremer (R. 1979-83) For my report on this year’s Commemoration day, I had resolved not to begin by mentioning the weather - as it seems I so often do. It would, however, be ungracious not to acknowledge the surprising and unforecast sunshine that bathed Brighton College on 22nd June 2008. Whilst the rest of the UK was apparently awash with the accurately predicted wind and rain, Brighton was beautifully sunny and warm - so there... I’ve mentioned it. I had, for this year at least, managed to side-step David Gold’s (S. 1986-91) nowtraditional cajoling-into-attending-chapel, and so arrived in time to witness a sizable throng of worshippers exiting said chapel into the warm morning sunshine - clean of soul, hymns still ringing in their ears - and was able to join the exodus as they migrated en mass (sic) towards the Café de Paris for coffee, before soldiering onward to watch the cricket. The new Home Ground Pavilion looked particularly magnificent in the sunshine, and our latest Old Brightonians and their families had gathered there in large numbers by the time my wife, our new son and I had arrived, picnic in hand, to join John (A. 1976-81) and Fiona Aiken (nee Heald,
F. 1979-81) on the verandas that frame this new building. It is always fun to see the new leavers - our newest members - enjoying their last day at Brighton College. Inevitably one’s thoughts hark back to similar milestones (in my case 25 years ago this year!), and again I couldn’t help but regret that Anthony Seldon’s Graduation Ceremony initiative had not been implemented decades earlier - it really is a glorious way to “sign off ”. My lifelong, and utterly indefensible, determination to avoid attending chapel does not, I’m glad to say, extend to attending the annual diploma-fest that takes place in this sanctuary; it remains one of the single most relevant, enjoyable, and ultimately moving ceremonies with which the OBA is associated. I always feel privileged to be invited to sit in on this occasion and to do my best to capture on camera the terrific atmosphere that is always generated by the leavers, their Housemasters and Housemistresses, and the parents. So it was again this year as one-by-one each young graduand received a certificate of achievement from the special guest, Peter Withers (former Director of Studies at the College), to the soundtrack of their now-former Housemasters and Housemistresses’ indictment of them. Anthony Whitestone, addressing the graduates for
the first times as their President, proceeded to welcome them all to the Association, remind them to check on the website and on FaceBook for alumni event details, before pointing out that there was in fact a difference between “graduand” and “graduate”... but not actually explaining what it is... (I’ve since looked it up). Again we all evacuated the chapel into the warmth of the front quad, where the bleachers had been set up to accommodate the leavers for their Graduation photograph, and where the OBA had set up a champagne reception to greet them. It was here that a good natured and amiable gathering of OBs old and new, their parents and former masters enjoyed each-others company for what we very much hope will not be the last time, and from where we all witnessed Mrs Joyce Heater’s fruitless efforts to prevent the breeze from blowing her table of books-for-sale to all corners of the quad. I again urge all OBs to make the effort to join us next year for Commemoration Day - it really is a terrific day out - and to go now and buy a copy of Joyce’s wonderful book - if only to cheer her up a bit... Full report and pictures: www.oldbrightonians.com/link/ commem08/
Marriages & Births Barnaby James (H. 1993 - 98) Married Sophia Croysdill at St Georges Church in Benenden on 3rd May 2008. Several OB’s were also present, including Rob Hart (S. 1993-98), Toby Harding (S. 1993-98), Ben Carter (S. 1993-98), Dylan James (H.198590), Lucy James (W. 1989-91) and Paul James (H. 1962-67). The couple have made their home in Cranbrook, Kent.
Darren and Gabi Panto are delighted to announce the birth of Alexander David Panto (above) - a sister to Emily - born on January 21st, 2008 at Barnet General Hospital, weighing in at 7lbs 15ozs.
Alex Bremer (R. 1979-83) and Miriam Bremer (left) are delighted to announce the birth of their first child, George Peter Alexander Bremer on 17th April 2008 at The Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, weighing in at 7lbs on-the-nose. Mother and son are doing well, the father is the happiest man in Battersea!
This magnificent bird was photographed by David Owen (B. 1945-48) on the Galapagos Islands, August 2006, who adds: “A rare old bird is the Pelican, His bill holds more than his belican, He can take in his beak, Enough food for a week, I’m dammed if I know how the helican
2008 Calendar October 21 November 29 December 24
Pioneers’ Lunch, The Hove Club Annual Dinner, Great Hall, BC full details at: www.oldbrightonians.com/ annual_dinner_2008_01.htm (preceded by AGM) Midnight Mass in the Chapel at 11pm
Annual Dinner 2008 Saturday, 29th November 2008 7.30pm in The Great Hall The Old Brightonian Dinner is the highlight of the OBA social calendar and will be held this year in the Great Hall on Saturday 29 November. The Association is delighted that this year’s special guest speaker will be Dr. David Bull, television presenter and Conservative candidate for Brighton Pavilion at the next general election. Guests of the OBA also include the Welsh Ruggermeister John Pope (right).
Reunions are being organised for the leavers of 1958, ‘68, ‘78 (Ingram Losner (D. 1973-78), ‘83, ‘88 & ‘98 - please contact Fiona Aiken in the OBA office for more details. Tickets are priced at £37.50 per person, £70 per couple to include a four course meal, wine and port. U25’s can buy their tickets for £32.50. NB: 2008 leavers: £20 per person For tickets, updated details and a guest list, please visit: www.oldbrightonians.com/ link/dinner_2008/
College News: Best results in England The best A-Level results ever achieved by an independent co-educational school in England- ever! Brighton College is celebrating 94% of grades at A and B, the best results ever achieved by a co-educational independent school in England. The previous record was 91%. Moreover, at GCSE the A* /A grades came in at 70%, compared to a national average of just 6% - a new College record. Richard Cairns, the Headmaster, puts the success down to inspiring children to believe in themselves: â€œWhen I became Headmaster of the college in 2006, my primary aim was to
encourage the young people here to believe in themselves and, in particular, to recognise that they could indeed achieve more than they thought possible. I have also impressed upon the teachers again and again that what really matters in a school is inspiring and enthusing children with a love of their particular subject. Children who are engaged in this way are children who fly. That is what is happening in our classrooms at the college today and these results reflect that in a spectacular fashionâ€?. More at: www.brightoncollege.org.uk
11+ - the biggest change to the College in its history Those of us who recall joining Brighton College in the Junior School (or the Prep School as it is known) may be surprised to hear that from September 2009 boys and girls will join the College aged 11. They will enrol in the new Lower School which is being built on the site of the former Art School. Their curriculum has been designed to challenge and inspire them
- they will learn Latin and Mandarin as well as History, Geography, Maths and English. Science will be taught in the College labs and they will benefit from the new ÂŁ1.7 million Visual Arts Centre, music department and sports facilities. OBs with young children are warmly invited to get in touch to discuss options at 11 or indeed any age!
Opening of the new Alexander Visual Arts Centre Saturday, 1st March 2008 by Alex Bremer (R. 1979-83) Are there any gloomy days in Brighton? It seems to me that each and every visit I make to the old school is blessed with (often unseasonably) sunny and warm weather. Saturday 1st March 2008 was no exception, and again I challenge any casual observer not to be struck by how beautiful the campus looks on days such as these. It was particularly fortuitous that the sun had chosen today to shine so brightly; the great and the good had descended upon Brighton College to witness and marvel at the opening of Edward Twohig’s new department: The Alexander Visual Arts Centre. I had chauffeured my father, Nick (Director of Art, Brighton College, 1969-2000) down from London, and prior to the official opening of the new department he and I met and chatted with David Gold (S. 1986-91) as we wandered amongst the wonderful collection of sculptures by David Nash RA (B. 1959-
63) in the Burstow Gallery. David Gold was just one of a number of College “officials” who were justifiably excited and proud to show off the new Art School, and as noon approached we all headed up to the main studio (perched comfortably on top of the Woolton Building) through a new entrance from the Burstow Gallery. The new department comprises of a number of studios, photography labs and lecture rooms, but the single most impressive room is the large fine art studio that runs the length of the Woolton Building. This studio is lit from all sides and angles by a natural light that floods in to illuminate an impressive collection of paintings and drawings in varying states of progress, and it was here that a sizable gathering witnessed a series of speeches – amusing, thoughtful, and ultimately quite moving – from dignitaries that included Headmaster Richard Cairns, Professor Lord Robert Skidelsky (C. 1953-58) and Edward Twohig before Lady Alexander, widow of Lord Alexander of Weedon
QC (C.1950-55) officially opened the school by unveiling a stone plaque that commemorates the occasion. A thorough tour of the new facilities reveals a truly extensive environment in which students can express themselves in a variety of disciplines. The photographic lab was singularly impressive, and this was reflected in the work on display. The facility includes lecture rooms, a sculpture studio (as yet unfinished, apparently) and a collection of art books that would be the envy of most libraries. All those present, most especially my father and I, commend the school on this magnificent achievement - we recommend a visit to the new art department, and its adjacent Burstow Gallery, to all Old Brightonians. Full story and photos: www.oldbrightonians.com/link/artschool/
Mike Westone (German / French Master, 1967-71) writes: I’ve lived abroad for the last 37 years I still look back on my time in Brighton with great affection. I’ve kept in touch with one or two people from those days and thoroughly enjoy visiting the excellent website from time to time. So many familiar names and faces. Reading about Philip Robinson’s farewell dinner, for example, I was reminded of
the time he came on a ‘roughing it’ trip to Turkey with Peter Perfect, Tim Pearce and myself back in the early 1970s. I have resisted the temptation to attach a photo of him standing next to a rubbish tip in his best blue silk pyjamas. What I am attaching are two photos: one is of Bristol House (below) where I was House Tutor (I’m sitting next to Rosemary
Crossley-Holland) and the other is of the teaching staff (above: I’m back row, one in from the left, between Rodney Fox and Gordon Lawson). I think that both pictures were taken in 1969. Read more memories of Brighton College here: www.oldbrightonians.com/link/ memories/
From the Common Room Philip Robinson (former Director of Studies) It has always been Philip’s proud boast that he is the only member of staff to have worked under five Headmasters, having done his teaching practice here in the Lent Term of 1971 under Henry Christie. He was offered a job for the following September and indeed here he has stayed for the following 36 years, working under Bill many, John Leach, Anthony Seldon and Richard Cairns and contributing so significantly and richly to very many aspects of school life. In many ways he has measured out his career through his association with three houses: he began in Bristol House (what is now School House) as an energetic and dedicated resident tutor under the direction of Peter Perfect, an archetypal housemaster. This was the age of gracious living for house staff: boarders had their own dining rooms; dinner would be brought over to resident staff in the evenings; pre-prandials would last for at least an hour whilst the important matters of the day were discussed; and then dinner would be interrupted at 9.00 for roll (not registration) and house prayers before boys lined up in their dressing gowns outside their housemaster’s or house tutor’s study to go through their interim reports or to deal with the myriad concerns of the schoolboy world. This was a very traditional public school world, which Philip, after his time at Oxford, espoused easily and readily. In Aldrich House he was welcomed warmly by the boys, glad to have a strong upholder of their sporting tradition. A cartoon appeared in the Brightonian: Aldrich welcomes its new housemaster, with the blue door suitably adjusted to admit Philip’s then portly frame. In later years Fenwick has benefited from his wisdom and his dedication. He is a man who takes tutoring seriously. The current system, which he himself devised as Director of Studies, is more rigorous and widespread than that tradition he was part of in Bristol, but he knew his tutees well and often protected their interests with fierce determination. He would offer invaluable help with a UCAS application and then pursue its progress with a keen intensity. His dinners for them in Sussex Square became legendary. And that is a word that might be applied to his role in the English Department
over the past New Faces Philip Robinson BRIGHTONIAN 2006-07 5 ACADEMIC 36 years. From being the second in charge under Tim Pearce, John Griffin and Richard Willmott, he became Head of English and then Director of Studies. Academic rigour and unerring commitment informed all that he did. His sixth form classes on Chaucer, Shakespeare, Auden, and Toni Morroson’s Beloved were intellectually stimulating and often hugely entertaining. Gales of laughter would waft through the partition from Room F, which was indeed his space, for so many years. A level English became the subject to do. His assessing of pupils’ work was always helpful, often shrewd. This was partly because of an intuitive understanding of what made a good answer; he was a practised marker of external exams, rising to be chief examiner for OCR. It was the extra-curricular side of school life that gave him so much pleasure and revealed the breadth of his own interests. He was a most regular attender at concerts and plays (our collaborations on some productions, The Admirable Crichton, the Happiest Days of Your Life and Three Sisters were immensely fulfilling experiences) and of course a champion of college sport. In running the hockey and 2nd XI cricket for so many years he displayed a knowledge and single-minded commitment that was difficult to match and sometimes difficult for opposition umpires to come to terms with, so keen was he for boys to perform to their utmost. It has to be said that on the rare occasions when his team did lose on a Saturday afternoon he would spend the rest of the weekend in a self-imposed period of selfrecrimination and mournful seclusion. He enjoyed hugely the experience of being with teams. The domestic end of season cricket tours were a joy to him and
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Obituaries Warwick G. Haydon (L. 1944-47 , below) 28 March 1930--16 February 2008 story: 26th March 2008 What would appear to be a rather benign activity resulted in the tragedy of a massive coronary event! So passed the life of one of my lifelong friends. This happened to Warwick on his way home from retrieving his morning newspaper. Warwick began his education at St. Georges College in Weybridge in Surrey, and subsequently came to Brighton College as a â€œday boyâ€? and was entered into Leconfield House. This is where it all began! To name just a few of his friends in the were Nick Stone (Hamden) and John Powell (Aldrich) who are now deceased, Derek Bech and myself (of course), still remain on a daily contact basis although we are separated by three thousand miles this is quite a remarkable feat considering the 63 plus years that have passed, and it was only last November that with our wives present, managed to
have a mini-reunion lubricated by a couple of pints.. I cherish this memory for this is how Warwick will be remembered by Derek and myself. Briefly I will attempt to note some of the other achievements of our dear old friend he was indeed a very good student, and likewise he had some outstanding athletic qualities, he played Rugby and Squash but where he really put the rest of us to shame was on the swim team where he earned School Colours. It has been said that he holds the record for the shortest boxing match, and if my memory serves me correctly I do believe that I could challenge that statement! A nicer, kinder man would be difficult to find, a true gentleman and friend. After school he did his bit serving with the Royal Navy Air Service and then returning to
civvies his career took him in to publishing and advertising. In 1959 he married Margaret Joan Bevan his lifelong companion, they had three daughters, Fiona, Gail and Nina, and in turn he had three grandchildren Anya, Sorcha & Joshua. There are so many positive things I could say about Warwick! But one thing stands out in my mind and that was the love and true devotion he demonstrated in caring for his wife who is devastated by the crippling disease Alzheimers! continued on page 13
There is a rather large hole left in the lives of his immediate family and those of us who had the privilege of his friendship .. Warwick you are missed! Submitted by Charles R. Alexander (L. 1943-45) Malcolm R S Playfoot (H. 1946-50) has died. John Eric Roles (C. 1951-56) died 1 May 2008. Sir Robert N Soar (D. 1963-68) died on 13 December 2007 after an illness.
Christian Rubra writes: â€œMy father, Carl Rubra, attended Brighton College between 1946/7 and 1948/9 I think. Sadly this information is something that I only found out during the latter years of his life. He died on the 5th March 2006 following a long illness and I feel that this information may be of interest to any of his peer group. I would be grateful if you would post this information on your Community Board. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be interested to hear from anybody who remembers him.â€?
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Membership of the Association More than 3,000 men and women across the World belong to the Association of Old Brightonians, all with one thing in common - we have all attended Brighton College. Among our members you will find an amazingly diverse range of people. They include people in television, radio and theatre musicians, sportsmen and sportswomen, authors, explorers, artists and even a Druid. Of course, there are doctors, lawyers, bankers, business people and teachers, but also countless students and people taking gap years. Some of our members are old, many live abroad, and the majority are men because the College did not go fully co-educational until the 1980s, but in the OBA all members are treated with the same respect and all are equal. This is not the Old Boys Association, whatever you may have heard!
The Aims of the Association: To enable former pupils to keep in touch with one another the College and their former teachers. To provide regular social occasions, both formal and informal, and to help members who wish to organise their own events when possible. To support a wide range of clubs and societies, sports teams and activities which can be enjoyed by Old Brightonians. To help Old Brightonians to share their experiences and opportunities with one another. To strengthen the links between Brighton College and former pupils. If you’re not currently a member of the Association, it’s never too late to join! Simply download and complete the form from our website at www.oldbrightonians.com/ membership_01.htm and return it to the OBA office.
THE SOAMES SOCIETY Brighton College is widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading coeducational schools. This has been achieved thanks to strong leadership, an outstanding body of staff and an innovative approach to the challenges of the 21st century while respecting our rich heritage. Unlike many independent schools, Brighton College does not have deep pockets nor a substantial investment portfolio to finance new facilities. Almost every new building in the College’s history has been paid for through the generosity of parents, former pupils or private trusts. After salaries and running costs, every penny from school fees is ploughed back into the existing fabric of the College estate. Many parents, former pupils and friends of the College wish to donate but are unable to offer large capital sums. The Soames Society enables people to contribute to capital projects, bursaries and refurbishment projects in a variety of ways, whether monthly, annually or in a lump sum. Members are kept fully informed of developments at the College and can specify where they would prefer their funds to be directed. Each year the Society will host two exclusive events for members – in May 2007 a reception at the House of Lords and later in the year a Black Tie Dinner to be held in Brighton. The membership of the Society is published on the Soames Society board in the Dawson Reception and in Development Office publications. However, we respect the wish of some members to remain anonymous. To become a member of the Soames Society donors pledge a minimum of £85 per month for 5 years, or a single payment of at least £5,000. Membership is valid for the duration of the pledge or if paid as a single sum, for 5 years. Other terms of payment are available on request and can be discussed with the Development Director in confidence Donors who are UK tax payers are invited to sign a Gift Aid form to increase the value of their donation by 28% at no additional cost to themselves – higher rate tax payers also receive additional tax relief when completing their self-assessment form. Overseas donors may be entitled to receive tax relief on their donations and should seek the advice of the Development Office. A donation form and brochure can be downloaded from the College website (www.brightoncollege.org.uk).
NB: The Association has started to engage our members through the fantastic FaceBook Community. We are mightily impressed by the capabilities of this online forum, and urge or entire membership to take a look; FaceBook serves as a professional and social network that is supremely easy to use and is a fabulous means by which to communicate with fellow OBs (as well with any usergroup with similar interests to you). Please bear in mind that the views and opinions contained within submissions from OB’s posted on this community forum do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of the OBA, Brighton College, or 3B Web Design, and that any of these organisations reserve the right to edit or exclude submissions. Moreover, we urge all FaceBook users to properly use the privacy settings within your FaceBook account. Find us at: www.facebook.com/group. php?gid=2215436334
Old Brightonian Lodge No. 4104 The Lodge enjoyed an excellent Ladies’ evening at the College on Friday 28th March. 73 members and their guests, more than in recent years, sat down to a very good meal excellently served by the College caterers who had really worked hard to make it a special evening for us. The Lodge was particularly pleased to have Mary Rumney as a guest. The Worshipful Master,W.Bro Peter Best (aka Robin Hood) and his lady Marian entertained us, and were entertained by a barely judicious reminisce of his time at the school by W.Bro.John Rogers who proposed the toast to Brighton College. Simon Smith, Deputy Head, replied and described current life in school as very different but still as stimulating and successful. His brief overview of the College’s progress in recontinued from page 11 so were the tours overseas, from where his long-term love of India stemmed. He was little involved in the administration of these; his chief role was to galvanise the players and be excellent company for the touring staff. When feeling homesick and under the weather in a room in a New Delhi hotel on Christmas Day, Philip was the man to raise the spirits. His capacity for cheering one up is endless. In his retirement he will have more time
cent years was very gratifying and of considerable interest to those present. W.Bro. Peter Cockburn proposed the toast to the Ladies and though not singing the Ladies song he recited a version not often used in Masonic circles. It seemed to go down very well. Marian Best replied with characteristic wit and tales of two previous occasions on which she had been required to respond to the Ladies toast in 1968 and 1986. Those who were unable to attend missed a great evening attended on this occasion by a whole table of brethren and friends under 35! to spend at the house in France that he co-owns with his sister Judith; to follow the fortunes of Manchester United Football Club; and, I suspect, to sit on the balcony of his flat in Sussex Square glass in one hand, book in another. He will keep coming back: he is due to speak at the OB Dinner in November and also to give a chapel address. This is something that he has always been adept at doing. His talks have always been beautifully crafted, full of sharp wit and gentle self-mockery and
More news and archives at: www.oldbrightonians.com/link/lodge/ above: The Worshipful Master, W. Bro Peter Best and his wife Marian (left) with guests Rita McCormack and Simon Smith from the College, Peter Cockburn Secretary in the middle... above all with a clear message about how one might think about living one’s life better. In many ways these embody him as much as anything he has done here. He has been a great schoolmaster and a great friend to so many. We shall miss him.
More news from the Common Room: www.oldbrightonians.com/link/ commonroom/
The OBRUFC had a harder time than they’ve been accustomed to in this year’s Cronk-Cunis Tournament - knocked out in the second round by Hampton
OBA Hall of Fame Matt Prior (R. 1995-00) Born: February 26, 1982, Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa Matthew Prior moved to England from South Africa and represented England at all ages, up to and including the Under-19 squad, making his Sussex debut in 2001. An aggressive batsman whose wicketkeeping development has been slightly hampered by having to share county duties with Tim Ambrose, he toured India with the England A side in 2003-04. He was selected to tour Zimbabwe as part of England’s one-day squad in November 2004 and played in just one match, striking 35. He rejoined the A team for their series against United Arab Emirates and, after an unconvincing first match - he made 0 - he went on hit 84, 56 and 122 not out. He had less success in the subsequent triangular tournament against Sri Lanka A and Pakistan A. Prior earned selection for the England winter tours of Pakistan and India in 2005-06, but playing mostly as a batsman he failed to make any real impact. This lack of form resulted in him missing out of the Champions Trophy in October 2006, but he was named in the
Academy squad to be stationed in Perth during the 2006-07 Ashes series. Two fifties in England A’s 2-1 win over Bangladesh A wasn’t enough to book him a World Cup berth, but his chance arrived when he was named in the squad for the first Test against West Indies. He began in thrilling fashion, becoming the first England wicketkeeper to score a century on debut with an unbeaten 126 at Lord’s, followed by 75 at Headingley. Matt featured strongly in the recent NatWest ODIs against South Africa, having been recalled after nearly a year on the International sidelines. His efforts behind the stumps, which included a stunning diving catch to remove captain Graeme Smith helped England to a 4-0 series lead at the time of writing, and must surely have helped cement his place in the England squad for some time to come. More images and info: www.oldbrightonians.com/link/prior/ OBA Hall of Fame: www.oldbrightonians.com/link/fame/
A selection of the Club and Country team shirts as proudly worn by our OBs that hang in the main building near the Cafe de Paris
Peter Rumney Memorial Match Saturday, 30th August 2008 report by Barney James (H. 1993-98) photo by Martin Baldwin Old Brightonian Under 25’s 25 Old Brightonian Over 25’s 10 The weather was set fair for the inaugural Peter Rumney Memorial Match, the fixture was billed as a clash of the highly successful Under 25 Old Brightonians vs. (the affectionally known) Old Old Brightonians. The College was looking splendid, and pre-match tensions had been building throughout the week. Being allowed to play on the hallowed turf of the Home ground once again had reignited many desires within the Over 25’s Old Brightonians to “leave everything” on the pitch. The term “friendly” was quickly rebranded at the kick off with the Over 25’s team being reacquainted with the finer nuances of a rush defence. The crunch, I am sure was audible from the Front Quad. The Over 25’s pre match talk had made much of the oppositions “Harlequins Academy, lightening pace and regional representatives”. Little had been made, or expected of this wily ‘mature’ band of brothers. Marshalled by the Littlewoods, they had something to prove. Under the vocal guidance of Daniel and Victor Heal, the benchmark was set high at the first scrum. The Over 25’s put 5 metres on the young pretenders and were not to lose that
scrummaging advantage all day. The younger OB’s certainly had the best of the opening quarter, putting together some swathing moves. The direction, efficiency and aggression was impressive, however, they appeared to lack the clinical execution. The Over 25’s, although gaining some good field position, were being run around the park, but at this stage honours were even…. The Over 25’s were beginning to feel the heat, and fitness was being tested to the limit. The scores conceded were from efficient, clinical phases being put together by an apparently strengthening Under 25’s team. Led by an inspirational Hugo Baldwin they had found their cutting edge, with Howells proving devastating. Pressure was still being applied at the set pieces by the Over 25’s, but containing the back line after 6th and 7th phase rugby just proved a little too much. The half time whistle was far too long in coming for many of the Over 25’s. The score at halftime reflected this with the Under 25’s coming away with a healthy lead. The second half started in a slightly more sedate fashion, the realisation, of both teams, that another full 40 minutes in the blistering heat was still to come. The Over 25’s began putting some good phases together. The back line was marshalled by Fokes, Clarke, Harding, Heal and Appleton at various points throughout the game. The
pack, calling on some real Brighton College stalwarts, also began putting themselves about. Pope, Aiken, Loadsman and Hayes illustrating that there are many important elements to playing competitive rugby but youth isn’t essential. The Littlewoods, Hart and James could always be found on the ball carriers shoulder, clearing out bodies when the man went down. Carter was rewarded for turning up in the wrong kit by sneaking under the posts for the Over 25’s first score, within five minutes Hart had smashed over for a thoroughly well deserved try as well. The members of the unbeaten team of 1989/90, Grant, Simmonds and Dunbar were also putting in the hard yards. The Over 25’s put in an admirable performance against the young pretenders, they did themselves and Peter proud. Although the final score deservedly favoured the Under 25’s, the game was a huge success. The post match reception, in the new Pavilion was fantastic. The words spoken by Messers Aiken and Loadsman highlighted a great day, seeing such a vast age range of players all associated by one thing, Peter and his rugby. I am sure that everyone who played, helped and supported would agree that it was a great privilege to be part of such a wonderful occasion, to honour a very special man. I could not help but think he would have rather enjoyed it.
Old Brightonian Golf - Summer 2008 by Christopher Pett (H. 1962-67) Hopes of a win through to further rounds in this year’s Halford Hewitt were dented early by knowledge of a 1st Round draw against Uppingham, a team in recent years on the up. This proved to be the case when we met them on the ground and lost by 4 matches to 1 on a very pleasant day at Royal St. George’s, Sandwich. Because of timing and other studyrelated commitments, we were unable to secure the services of our two talented recent young leavers, so this year’s team had a more familiar ring to it. Chris Gates and Andy Sweet went into action
against Uppingham’s top pair and despite considerable enthusiasm, lost 4/3. Nick Gunn and Chris Pett (deputising at the very last minute for James Bell who failed an early morning fitness test) went out second and also lost 4/3 after never quite firing on all cylinders. Riaz Rattansi, unquestionably our star player this year, proved his worth with the ever-steady Geoffrey Bush and picked up a winning point 7/5 at third pair. Julian Tate partnered a rusty Roland Ainsworth but they never got going and lost 7/6, and Julian Hunt partnered the ever faithful Robin Colbourne. These last two made a good fist of it but some uncharacteristic shots saw them give too
much away and they succumbed 2/1. It must be said that the figures that the Uppinghamians reeled off were quite impressive - runs of pars and birdies were far more frequent than other species. So it was into the Plate competition again, in which our record has been rather better. The spice of a 1st Round local derby with Hurstpierpoint added interest. On a bright and breezy morning we met them and emerged victorious, 2-1. Andy Sweet and Chris Gates went down at second pair but Julian Tate and Geoffrey Bush were too steady for their third pair and picked up a matching point. The decider saw continued on page 19
East Grinstead Sunshine 7s Sunday 27th April 2008 The Pelicans, with one or two changes to the squad, also entered this year’s mens’ competition at the East Grinstead Sunshine 7s. Despite the assumption that they would probably lose their first match and go through the Plate competition, they won their way through to the quarter finals where they met the British Army, last year’s winners. They acquited themselves extremely well, considering the size and skill of their opposition.
Worthing Junior 7s Sunday 20th April 2008 The Old Brightonians (The Pelicans) fielded their first U18 squad for this year’s Worthing Junior 7s tournament consisting of current L6th and U6th pupils and led by this year’s 1st XV captain, Tom Aiken. Despite several sore heads on Sunday morning after a party the night before, the squad went on to lift the trophy and this year’s L6th have vowed to be back next year to defend their title.
Sport in brief Congratulations to former rugby master Mr John Pope (below) who was given the ‘Services to Schools Rugby Award’ at the South East Schools Rugby Dinner last Friday evening, the awarded being presented to him by Rob Andrew. Nick Buoy (Director of Rugby, BC) writes: “This is well deserved as we all know and it was ‘all the sweeter’ that he beat Roger Utley (also retiring this year) having been involved in the Rugby at Harrow for 27 years and he coached the ENGLAND team in that time!”
continued from page 18 Julian Hunt and Roland Ainsworth win a satisfying point on the 18th after trailing at the halfway point. This meant a further game on the same day in the 2nd Round against Cheltenham. With the wind rising to the limit of what Admiral Beaufort would only have described as a strong breeze, but which made play extremely tricky, we shuffled some pairs to allow Julian H. to return to
family life (he won’t do that again) but went down 2-1. Julian Tate and Geoffrey Bush ground out another well-deserved point, but the collapse of Andy’s trolley (and distraction of thereby having to drag/carry for several holes a combination in excess of most airlines’ baggage allowance) did his and Chris Gates’ attempts to win no favours, and Roland and Robin, heroes of an earlier year, played a few too many loose shots after turning back into the wind on
the back nine. So another Kent campaign came to an end, but we stayed dry and, in particular, warm thanks to Chris Gates and the new smart team sweaters. We enjoyed some terrific companionship, found a new hotel base which hopefully will serve us for a few years to come and we live in hope that, one day, we will get all our best players together at the same time and in form...
Michael Thornely (R. 2001-06) First Class Debut against Lancashire Having scored a lot of runs for Sussex 2nd XI this summer Old Boy Michael Thornely finally joined Matt Prior (R. 1995-2000) and Carl Hopkinson (R. 1996-2000) in the Sussex 1st XI. In a rain affected gain that could have meant Sussex making progress up the County Championship Table the game was abandoned as a draw due to the weather. Michael opened both innings. In other cricket news Jordan Rollings (L. 2003-08) and Matthew Machan (H. 200407) have played for Sussex 2nd XI, whilst Michael Chapman (R. current pupil) scored a century for Sussex Under 17s.
Duncan Shaw (1979-84) would like to resurrect OB squash. Anyone interested in playing, please contact Duncan at: email@example.com.
Sport in brief Sarah Taylor (W. 2002-07) Sets World Record at Lord’s In the second of the One Day Internationals against South Africa at Lord’s, Old Girl Sarah Taylor scored the second ODI century of her career as England thrashed South Africa by 225 runs. In addition she shared in a world record opening partnership of 268 with her England Team mate Caroline Atkins. Other old girls Holly Colvin (F. 2003-08) and Laura Marsh (F. 2000-05) also have been part of the England side. Holly, Sarah and Laura were also crowned County Champions as Sussex won the County Championship.
The OBRUFC U25s take to the field against their older opponents at the Peter Rumney Memorial match - full report: 17
Former England women’s cricket captain, Clare Connor (W. 1989-94), has been elected onto the Sussex CCC board as a non-executive director. Connor was appointed the ECB’s head of women’s cricket last October and she brings her business experience - she was head of PR at the College - to the new Sussex role. Chief executive Gus Mackay said: “We are delighted that Clare has agreed to join the board and brings a wealth of experience.
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Mike Gatting opens new Sammy Woods Pavilion Thursday 22nd May 2008 On a sun-soaked afternoon at Brighton College, a large and cheerful gathering witnessed the opening of the new cricket pavilion as well as to see the college 1st XI take on a Chance to Shine XI in a Twenty20 match. In between innings, guest of honour Mike Gatting OBE cut the ribbon to declare the “Sammy Woods” Pavilion open. After a generous welcome from the Headmaster, Mike Gatting spoke about the importance of investing in school sport. He focused particularly on how heartening it is to see privileged schools like Brighton College doing more to share their facilities and expertise with local state schools for whom cricket is a difficult sport to offer. The Chance to Shine XI played on behalf of the Chance to shine scheme, the country’s largest sports development initiative. The mission statement of the campaign, since its launch in 2005, is to regenerate competitive cricket in state schools. Guests Mike Gatting OBE and Clare Connor OBE are both Chance to
Shine ambassadors and it was therefore a wonderful opportunity for those assembled to discuss the ways in which Brighton College can help deliver more cricket for Primary Schools in the Brighton area. The cricket itself was a thrill for the crowd which comprised Old Brightonians, college governors, local media and the great and the good from the area. Charlotte Edwards, England captain, led the visiting XI which boasted two further members of the England women’s team Sarah Taylor and Katherine Brunt, Old Brightonian and Albion footballer Joe Gatting, Sussex Cricket Development Officers Andy Hobbs and John Stock, three MCC Young Cricketers and the Director of the ECB’s Cricket Foundation and Chance to Shine, Nick Gandon.
The John Pope Retirement Rugby Match Sunday 16th March 2008 by Alex Bremer (R. 1979-83) So many of my missives in this esteemed tome begin with the observation that the sun always seems to shine on the College whenever an event or function summons me there... apparently these were famous last words! Ben Stott (R. 1979-94) and I had driven down from London in order to play in / watch from the sidelines (respectively) the “John Pope Retirement Rugby Match”. Upon arrival at a rain-soaked campus we were glibly informed of the match cancellation due to a waterlogged pitch the growing throng of OBs were bitterly disappointed. Needless to say we conducted our own pitch inspection, and declared the ground perfectly suitable for a game of rugger... the groundsman disagreed; apparently a lumpy outfield is not desirable when the cricket season begins 4 weeks hence. We tried everything; pulling rank... intimidation... begging... all to no avail; we had to accept that the match was off - at least on the College Home Ground. By 2 o’clock we had a sizable crowd of OBs keen to either play or watch something - and so the decision to play at the New Ground was made. Now here is a little corner of England that, at least in my memory, is forever windy, cold and wet - and today did nothing to shatter my impression of this God-forsaken place. Nevertheless, there was an extraordinary atmosphere within the masses; a palpable good humour that lasted the whole afternoon. Two teams of approximately 10-a-side were hastily assembled, and a game of “3 halves” commenced. John Pope himself refereed a tremendous game of spectacular deeds and inconsequential scorelines, observed by a sizable crowd of freezing OBs and their families. Lord knows who won this game - it really didn’t matter; all those participating seemed to have a terrific time, and when Joey Appleton (D. 1979-84) ran unannounced onto the field of play to pinch the ball and
score between the posts, his misdemeanour was met with universal laughter and approval. Post-match speeches and toasts were held in the Café de Paris back at the College as young and old OBs nursed their bumps and bruises over a curry and beer. Joey stood and spoke eloquently on matters Welsh, and finished his speech by handing out the words to “Bread of Heaven” so that we might give John a “taste of the valleys” in song... which we did... and which probably sounded awful to his well trained Celtic ears! All in all, and despite the weather’s best efforts to thwart our plans, this was a terrific day! Pelican Magazine, September 2008 page 21
continued from page 23 playing rugby, now a very capable rugby player who has become even faster. I’d say James could well go far with his rugby with more regular game time: he certainly has all the raw ability to unlock even the most stringent defences. He looked a class act in Stockholm. Matt Fendick Award for ‘The So Solid Soldier’ of the tour goes to Safa number two - “Fendy”. He is so versatile, commanding expertly at fly half or centre, a great ball carrier and solid in defence; he also has the gas to do a job out wide. Every squad needs their Austin Healey and Fendy was ours, his hands afford him the luxury of so much time on the ball, and as a result his distribution was excellent all tournament, a real asset to the team both on and off the pitch. Tom Hird The man with the most uncomfortable smile on tour made the opposition feel equally the same way in contact. A great moment in the final game of day one against home side Stockholm Exiles saw a would be tackler squeal in agony as his body made contact with Hirdy in full flight. This boy always gets a place on my 1st choice OB’s XV sides , not just because he tackles like “crazy horse” Lewis Moody, or runs harder at you than Lomu with a jet pack on his back, not just because he can play practically anywhere “out wide” but because he is one of a rare breed in life who gets it done no matter what the obstacle. Outstanding tourist with excellent chat. Hugo Baldwin I got a try! Tom Aiken Showed his true class with two wonderfully taken tries in the semi final. His rush
defence was inspiring whilst his knowledge in attack is far greater than his age would suggest, and added to this is his excellent physical condition for an 18 year old .Tom demonstrated to all on this tour why he was skipper of last season’s College 1st XV. Ben Maidment Everything about Ben is big - huge in fact. At just 20 years old he was by far the biggest player of the tournament, his ox like shoulders smashing huge holes in desperate defences. As a ball carrier this England student representative is unrivalled in the country at his age group, his defence is also very impressive, a natural at 8 Ben showed his class having been out injured for some 6 months before this tournament by taking each game by the scruff of the neck with supreme conviction. A big man for a big occasion. Vaughan Gilson Best scrum half at the tournament, period. Excellent distribution and tenacious tackling around the base of the scrum, Vaughan’s performances throughout ensured he played nearly very single minute of every game. As well as chipping in several tries Vaughan showed some brilliant leadership skills and bossed his pack with the tenacious ferocity of Bonaparte and skilled aplomb of the Duke of Wellington. Tom Hayward His co-ordination and technical ability allow Tom to play anywhere in the backs and I used this to the max in Stockholm. Bar one thrown interception he was perfect, never missed a tackle distributed the ball with effortless magnificence, the ball floating like an arcing tracer bullet through the air whenever he released it. A definite gem to be nurtured for the OB’s in the fly half position, his kicking ability is outstanding and in the final and semis he showed his
defence to be equally as dynamic and well executed. Laurence Hewitt Great tight work and very useful in the loose as well even if he did get lost after throwing a dummy pass and finding himself in way to much space. He is a fantastic link player in attack and his lineout throwing was as ever perfect with 100% success on our ball. Laurence was as vital as anyone in securing victory and his banter throughout the tournament was excellent. Martin Baldwin Came, saw, conquered, and took 1400 photographs! He nearly didn’t make the tournament having failed to book his RyanAir ticket successfully on the internet (his 14 year old daughter Daisy had successfully booked the entire rest of the squad beforehand) but, talked through intricacies of the Stansted Express, the tube system and the Paddington Express to Heathrow Terminal Five by his wife and daughter, he managed to fly business class to catch up with the rest of the squad in Stockholm. Great banter, vital team manager helping me with the day to day admin/running etc. and generous sponsor of the tour. Oddly decided to perform a bit of DIY Stockholm bridge bungee jumping early Monday morning. To all those who came, thank you for making it a truly brilliant tour, complete with silverware and another chapter added to the long history of the Old Brightonians RFC. I’d like to dedicate the win and the whole tour in the name of Peter Rumney, we hope we did you proud Peter and continue on this rich vein of form for many years to come. Photos by Martin Baldwin - full report and images at: www.oldbrightonians.com/link/ stockholm/
continued from back page... If this boy is given the sort of space he was afforded in Stockers you’ll be made to pay. With 9 tries in six games and countless conversions he was overall top scorer and simply spell- binding to watch in attack with jinking runs, deft off-loads and impossibly accurate re-starts. For once you can believe the hype, this boy is ‘that good’ and I think we’ve found a game in tens at which he can be truly world class. Why he isn’t playing national rugby week in week out is a complete mystery to me. Tom Howell He has height, strength, power, skill, intelligence. This ex- international is oozing quality. When he decides to shift into 3rd gear, opposition quite literally fall over. With 8 tries and so many more assists he was our danger man in the backs. The problem the opposition faced with Tom was that he can go through, over or around you; it doesn’t really matter, it’s just a question of when not if. Like Adam I feel a return to the national/international scene is certainly still achievable if Tom so wishes, but until then it is a pleasure simply to be in the same squad as a player of his undoubted rugby pedigree and a real object of pride for the Old Brightonians. Andrew Hodgekins Now you don’t captain the College 1st XV, play 2nd team Rugby in the back row for NEC Harlequins, play number 8 and captain the Loughborough University 1st XV unless you’re someone very, very special. Andy is that and more. Player of the tournament for the OB’s, this man is as big as a truck as fast as a centre and hits bigger than a white rhino; in fact I’ve never seen a human being crumple in contact quite like I did in Stockholm. His ball carrying and off-loads are great assets (producing two tries throughout the tournament), however, it his general presence on the pitch that is such a massive lift for all his team mates, I think I speak for all when I say that, with Andy on the field, everything looks a lot more achievable. Rupert Baldwin Super hands and technically excellent, Rupert also possesses good physicality for a flanker who wears white boots. His tireless work and excellent linking play offered the OB’s a vital asset that so many other teams lacked. Not many forwards are happy to
chip and chase, me being one of them, but Rupert is more than capable, an impressive athlete, good lineout player and invaluable squad player. Think Richard Hill but with Magnus Lund flair. Harvey Strudwick The Big Yellow Storage Company, this man has a huge head (it’s massive!) He also has an immense amount of courage which, coupled with a powerful and dynamic playing technique, afforded him with two tournament tries and considerable respect from the squad. At 18 years old he was more than happy to wade in at hooker or prop and cut down anyone who ran at him. Exceptionally mobile around the field this natural born fetcher was vital to the OB’s victory and bought great fun in the post tournament social. The only thing we probably wish Strudders hadn’t bought with him to Stockers was his all to realistic impression of a dying rabbit, I never quite shook off the feeling that I was being followed around the sites of Stockholm by the entire cast of Watership Down. Tiaan Visser One of three invited South Africans from my club London South Africa, Tiaan’s selection was a pleasure for me. You will not find a finer out and out open-side flanker in the South East outside the national leagues. His tackling is spectacularly vicious and highly acrobatic, with dump after dump raining in from every square foot of the pitch. He is at his predatory best when hunting down his quarry from behind with exceptional pace for a forward; he is also very hard to bring down whilst carrying the ball, and a couple of tries is testament to it. Having to scrum at loose head out of position and doing a fine job of it, helps to perfectly captivate this player’s persona: hard, unrelenting and a real trencherman. Off the pitch his banter is invaluable as well and he was justifiably awarded man of the tour by the OB’s. James Baldwin The boy has lots and lots of speed - if you haven’t caught him after 10 yards, give up! With 4 tries, this baby-faced assassin also showed that his improved physicality is now something to be reckoned with. Some good defence and excellent power close to the line showed he is turning into a quality winger in all areas. Think Paul Sackey - at first a speed demon capable of Pelican Magazine, September 2008 page 23
Pelican sport John Pope’s Retirement Match (right) full report: page 21
OB 10s victorious in Stockholm by Hugo Baldwin (S. 1999-03) Stockholm in July, sits quietly, confidently and cleanly, amongst its cobbled medieval streets. The great pine wilderness on its doorstep stretches into the distance, as far as the Baltic archipelagos. The warmth of a Scandinavian summer gently envelopes its green and pleasant shores like the slowly lapping waves of the fjords; gone are thoughts of chilling winds and thick white powder - the ground is as hard as granite, this is the dry season and it’s perfect for tournament rugby! To go into my usual repetitious prose, com-
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plete with historic analogies for each game would require a War and Peace sized novel, such was the gargantuan effort employed by the chaps. So instead I shall give a short paragraph on each player to convey their part in what was a wonderful effort all round, which culminated in Old Brightonians winning the Men’s Open Plate - our first international success! Adam Phillips This chap is without doubt one of the most gifted rugby players I have ever seen. continued on page 23