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Blaydon 45 South Leicester 20

If this young Blaydon side could only sustain their brilliant first half efforts after the break then they would likely be well clear of the relegation zone by now. For the second game in succession they ran in early tries to put themselves in pole position but then let the opposition back in with some unforced errors.
In yesterdays encounter they were breath-taking in attack for 39 minutes in which the visitors never once set foot in the home 22 and on every occasion that Blaydon went forward with ball in hand a try seemed likely.
It all kicked off in the 3rd minute when prop forward Dave Kilpatrick grabbed the opener from close range, Jack Appleton then ran in a hat-trick, and a try bonus had been secured within 13 minutes – heady stuff.
Try number two arrived when they drove on from a short line-out and let it out for James Cooney to sprint over in style. Appleton secured his first on 11 minutes when the visitors knocked on and Nathan Bailey and Joe Whyman combined to send him on his way. Two minutes later he was in again, this time latching onto a South Leicester box kick in his own half and racing clear from 60 metres.
His hat-trick was completed from a line-out drive with Dan Taylor,Robert Lenderyou and Jack Davidson in turn providing quick ball for the young winger to cruise over.
The visitors simply had no answer, and a 6th try was conceded on 35 minutes when they were toyed with by a rampant Blaydon who went back and forth along the 22 until replacement hooker Cameron Bell applied a finishing touch.
With the interval beckoning the visitors at last got into the Blaydon 22 and winger Myles Bean crossed in the corner to make it 38-5.
The outcome was virtually secured but there was still 40 minutes to play and somehow Blaydon contrived to let the opposition back in. They failed to secure possession in their 22 and then infringed for Adam Johnson to touch down a second try, and then when back on the attack threw out an optimistic pass for Adam Shaw to intercept and race clear.
Finally they dropped the ball near their own line to concede a 4th try to Ricki Aley, which reduced their advantage to 18 points. But fittingly they had the last word when Cooney latched onto a loose ball to storm over from 30 metres and Whyman landed his 5th conversion.

John Brennan

Support our Charity day, Saturday 24th February, in support for ‘Help for Heroes’ – great day of rugby and entertainment lined up.

The day kicks off at Noon with the Blaydon Crows (Vets) playing a side from 47 Regiment RA

Followed by:

  • Blaydon First team playing South Leicester at 2pm – come cheer on the lads as they look to make it 2 wins in a row.
  • Ireland v Wales at 2:15pm on the Large HD Screen Projector and various 50inch. plus TVs around the place
  • England take on Scotland in the Calcutta Cup at 4:45pm
  • Banta, Music, Buffet, general merriment, etc. continues through the evening into the late hours

With exception of watching the First team, there is no entrance charges, all we ask is for donations to be made / raffle tickets to be bought to support this worthy charity.


Little more detail from the guys at 47 Regiment RA

They’re all ex-army from 47 regiment RA and each year meet up to play a game of rugby and support that year’s chosen charity. This year there are with us at Blaydon RFC and the  charity they have chosen this year is  for Help the Heroes.

The lads travel from all over to play the games, i.e. last year they all went across to Germany where the regiment was based to play a local German team.

They have an England shirt signed by Mark Wilson and a Newcastle Falcons top signed by the squad to raffle in the afternoon and on the night time have a disco with a raffle and have got about 50+ prizes, plus food….

It’s a open event, you don’t need a ticket, a donation at the door would be appreciated.

From the Touchline – Saturday 24th February (Programme extract)

A good afternoon to one and all today as we tackle our visitors from South Leicester in this rearranged fixture from 16th December. Their players and officials are very welcome today and it is a pleasure to have them here..

Although I know little about them, the Club was established in 1919 and certainly in recent seasons they have been consistently successful close to a City that not only has a strong interest in Rugby but also a rather more successful Football team that one across the Tyne from us!

I hope they have time to stay after the match and watch the International game/s with England at Murrayfield against Scotland and Ireland in Dublin to host Wales.

We were all delighted to see the boys win last week against Sheffield and lets hope we can push on today against another difficult team.

Can I also welcome all former members of 47 Regiment RA who have come from throughout the country and will be playing a match against Blaydon Crows (our Vets)  at lunchtime on behalf of Help for Heroes (all donations gratefully accepted). They meet I different locations each year and its a massive thanks to them, and Paul Strachan in particular, for coming to Blaydon. I hope you have a great day lads and enjoy our hospitality and the International matches

We met with the RFU representative, design team, and contractors this week and were able to finally agree a start on site for the new pitch with a date of 26th March. All the detailed matters have now been sorted and so we should be able to look forward to next season with great anticipation and an amenity that will enhance the Club.

One thing we do need is more sponsors around the pitch. The RFU are putting boards around the perimeter at their cost and thus we will reduce the cost to advertisers to £100 per board . Frankly this is as cheap as chips considering the publicity the sponsors will get. PLEASE try and find one sponsor from each supporter and send me their e-mails. I will do the rest.

I will be away for two weeks and am unfortunately not attending today’s game but I look forward to returning to a revived league position and plenty of e-mail addresses!
Bill Locke

Saturday 17th Feb, Blaydon Bricks 36, Northern 2s 56

Chester lee Street 2s conceded the cup quarter final so we had to pick up a fixture, given the Bricks had 15 subs at the start of the day. Only team around were Northern 2/3s, Northern are struggling to run 3 sides but a fixture at this level for Blaydon 4s was always going to be a challenge, reality is any more junior team would have been blown away on the day.


The Development side, took a similar fixture with West Hartlepool 2/3s, similar they are struggling putting out teams. The Development side was made up predominately of our U18s in they transition to senior rugby,  the Development were strengthened a little, when the 2nd team game was cancelled, but in the main left with the side selected for the cup, rather than brining in more of the 2s. The lads were ahead at half time, lent players to West and lost 43-22 to a heavier side.  A few seasons ago, who would have thought Blaydon 3rd and 4th team would be able to compete so well against these club’s 2nd teams.


The Bricks, Northern game was a clash of styles, Blaydon using forward power and Northern with the fastest back 5 forwards and rapid backs we’ll see this season.


We’d lost a few players from the 15 subs, Big Lad was sick over night, Grumpy went down with lurggie and Vinnie, well tweaked something in the gym earlier that day.. Keith Winter will tell you, training is dangerous!  We still had 12 subs for half time. I’ll repeat what I’ve said for 3 weeks now, it’s fantastic having such strength in depth, but you will always struggle to perform consistently when you make that amount of subs, but we stuck with our policy, everyone get a half if they want game time.

Then there is Craig McBurnie, who went on at half time, got carried away in the excitement and tried to race out and charge down a conversion just after half time, ping went the hammy…


Photos: this week thanks to Derek: we had loads of photos, even with the dog pictures removed!

Highs and lows of the game:

  • Good to see Adam Keeler make his first appearance of the season, he had a great game, scored a nice front row try crash over, I’m sure he ran in 40 meters.. by the end of the night. Just as well he did as he’d dropped a ball near the line, either earlier or later depending on who you ask.
  • Rodders had managed to get time off work for his 3rd game of the season to provide pace at the back
  • Mark Strong made a welcome return to a Blaydon shirt, good performance will get fitter and even quicker….
  • Derek Turnbull made a welcome return from injury, did a good job with the camera in the first half and went on in the second half, coming through without further injury
  • Ryan Robson, having played a number of games for the Vets made his first appearance of the season for the Bricks, still a very good player, just needed more ball.
  • Forwards were on top both halves, scrum dominant and taking ball against the head, 2 push over trys to Harry, thanks to front 5
  • First half, Paul, Keith, Adam, James and Harry made big yards and Steve S and Justin we all over the park
  • 2nd half similar Steve P, Keith, James, Derek, Paul & Keith made yards and Mark Strong and Justin were all over the park
  • Somebody ask Adam K what he was doing kicking in our 22 please, next time just batter someone!
  • First half Rodders, Divers and Liam made good yards in the backs,
  • Second half again Rodders, Sean and Ryan made yards, but we didn’t get as much ball in the backs.
  • Some good tackling all round
  • Stracks then had a couple bad minutes, stripped in tackle in one possession and then ‘shot’ in the Achilles by a sniper in the next, which sees the end to his season, unless we can add studs to his surgical boot….
  • And Hopey made a good tackle….
  • I was on Morretti again and notes were sparse, also the promised input from Windy and Keith, well didn’t truly make the cut! – to show willing I’ll add a couple of the comments ‘Ting a Ling’ and ‘Jolly good game today’ which don’t truly add much value….


At the end Bricks’s were a bit disappointed, to lose by 20, but if someone had said we would score 36 points V Northern 2s a couple seasons ago, I would have asked what they were taking. Someone is going to get a real good hiding from this Bricks team soon….

Next week sees our U35s players with the Development squad at Ryton IIs, while all over 35 players will be playing the vets game against Stracks’s Army team, who will be without him, feel free to join him on the sideline, game should be entertaining. 12 midday kick off to ensure we’re finished and in the bar in time for the Calcutta Cup at 4pm.



  1. Paul Winter
  2. Keith Winter (Craig McBurnie)
  3. Adam Keeler  (Steve P Palmer)
  4. Janes Knox  (Derek Turnbull)
  5. Steve Sewell  (Keith Oliver)
  6. Cameron Richardson  (Mark Strong)
  7. Justin Clarke
  8. Harry   (Strachs)
  9. Liam Bradley   (Hopey)
  10. Alex Twinn
  11. Craig Barlow   (Damien Ameer-Beg)
  12. Chester   (Sean Pyle)
  13. Divers   (Tony Horsefall)
  14. Damien Shaw (Ryan Robson)
  15. Rodders


Blaydon 29 Sheffield 23

Seeking to end a miserable 7 game losing run Blaydon ran in 3 early tries and were in the ascendancy for long spells only to finish up in danger of losing out in the dying seconds. With 4 minutes of normal time remaining their previously solid scrum began to take in water and conceded a push-over try, and then in the most tense finish imaginable were desperately defending their line in 6 minutes of time added on.

But they survived, Sheffield knocking on in the final play, and the 5 point win lifts them off the bottom and with improved prospects of survival.
“We opened them up a couple of times and left 4 or 5 tries on the field” said Head Coach Matt Thompson, “We put the game to bed with 20 minutes to go and it was our own doing that we were under pressure – it was a last gasp effort that got us over the line”.
The start could not have gone better. Sheffield kicked off, Blaydon found touch and won the line-out against the throw and moved in cross-field. Dan Marshall broke from half-way to race into the 22 and move it on to Nathan Bailey who drew his man and sent in Jack Appleton, and only 70 seconds were on the clock.
Joe Whyman saw his conversion attempt rebound from an upright but made no mistake 6 minutes later when Thompson crossed from close range.
In their first attack Sheffield pulled back a try through winger Gareth Morley but Blaydon were over again on 17 minutes when Marshall from nowhere raced in under the posts.
By the interval Stephen Depledge had scored a typical scrum-half’s try for the visitors to make it 19-12 and then put over a brace of penalties soon after the restart.
Blaydon however pressed on and on and were rewarded when Bailey stormed into the 22, leading to Andy Miller diving over in the corner for the bonus point try. They mounted more pressure 9 minutes later until Appleton, who had started it all, scooted in for try number 5.
At 29-18 that should have been that but Sheffield, who are in just as much danger near the bottom, came fighting back to force a fantastic and memorable finale.

John Brennan

Saturday 10th February – Blaydon Bricks 26, Percy Park Pumas 29

Another week with a great turn out, outside of James Murray and Josh Simpson guesting from the 2s, we had a further 11 subs on the day, looking good for getting 4 teams out next week and ongoing. The influx of players continues, as does the number of U18s transitioning to senior rugby.

This was another very good game, double header, played in the right spirit, some hard hitting by two physical sides that both knew they had been in a game on Sunday morning.

Making so many changes at half time again disrupted the team, but it’s more about getting people game time and people back playing, after struggling to get 4 teams out for a while. Good news for cup matches that all the U18s who have played infrequently are available on mass, Vets are supporting, injured are returning and people have taken holidays to be available.


Trys; Vinnie, Justin, James M, Hopey

Conv: James 3

Photos: Still not a lot, after all that hype, Finnaz had too many to drink and failed to show

Highs & Lows:

  • Forwards dominated the set piece; scrummage and line out, both halves again
  • Good to see Ian Kelly available again
  • Will Daniels helped out again as prop, he’s getting really good in there, but I kept my word and he didn’t play 80 minutes at prop, nearer 70…. Soz.
  • Stu Bailey and Toddy were tackling everything
  • Paul Winter dropped yet another kick off…. not as bad as Keith dropping the ball just short of the line. Both had good games AGAIN… and were only ones on for 80 minutes, but it’s more fun to pull out the mistakes…
  • Tony Horsefall finally got permission to make his debut in a brick’s shirt, good start
  • Tom Edmondson made his return to a Blaydon shirt and made good yards
  • Good to see Chester and Damien Ameer-Beg back from injury
  • Good interchange with James, Hopey and Damien A. which nearly resulted in a try
  • Vinnie, paul W, Keith W and James K made good yards 2nd half with Vinnie scoring
  • Justin and Callum G were all over the park
  • Lewis’s chip and chase was well executed
  • Hopey finished off a good break with a foot race to the line, given he had lots pace outside, it was good job he didn’t get caught.
  • James was unlucky to get caught down the right hand side
  • Anth cried off again, even from waterboy!


In addition to more players, good to see more management capability at the game, even though there was a Ryton/Winlaton first team game, we had Keith Richardson at the game. See photo of Keith with our sideline motivational speaker/manager, Cliff.  Also good to see Tony Horsefall, wearing a Blaydon jersey and taking part in the game in the second half. Keith was still wearing his Vulcans branding, but sure that’s just a matter of time….  once Winlaton committee read this and finds out he deserted them, he’ll surely be bared, we’ll make him welcome again, back at Blaydon….)  🙂

So next weekend is the quarter finals of the Durham Cup with Bricks away at Chester Le Street and Development away at West Hartlepool, bring it on!

1. Paul Winter
2. Keith Winter
3. Ian Kelly (Will Daniels)
4. Mark Todd (Oliver Henry)
5. Tom Edmondson (James Knox)
6. Cameron Richardson (Justin Clarke)
7. Stuart Bailey (Callum Gascoigne)
8. Paul Strachan (Paul Vinnicombe) )
9. Liam Bradley (Josh Simpson)
10. James Murray (Lewis Hill)
11. Damien Ameer-Beg (Paul Dingley)
12. Steven Davidson (Tony Horsefall)
13. Lewis Hill (Peter Andrew Bath)
14. Craig Oliver (Craig Barlow)
15. Mark Hopewell (James Murray)

Physio by Windy

Chester 29 Blaydon 7

Disappointingly another defeat for the Crow Trees boys but it was not until well into the second period that the home side took control. Blaydon gave it everything in defence but in the end were beaten by a heavier and more experienced pack that revelled in the quagmire conditions.

Blaydon missed with an early penalty attempt when Joel Matavesi slipped in the mud and it was Chester who took an 8th minute lead from an excellent three-quarters move. Their full-back Tom Foden completed the touchdown with fly-half Josh Morris adding the conversion.

On 22 minutes Blaydon were awarded a penalty in an eminently kickable position but mindful of the conditions opted for the kick to touch. Possession was secured at the line-out and the ball moved through the hands as the Chester backs came up for Matavesi to dart through and fall on the chip ahead.

This time the Blaydon centre put over the simple kick and at 7-7 it was everything to play for. For the remainder of the half Blaydon more than held their own only to concede a second try just before the break when Chester second-rower Ross White barged over, Morris once more on target.

The second period proved to be a different story however as the home forwards gradually got on top and went on to pick up three more tries, none of them converted.

Morris darted through for the first of them in the 54th minute, followed by Jonathon Charmley from a driving maul and finally hooker Alex Reid from close range.

John Brennan

It is with sadness Blaydon RFC announce the loss of John Keith Sowerby

Updated with Funeral details: Funeral 2.30pm Friday 16th February at Saltwell Crematorium and afterwards all are welcome to Blaydon Rugby Club

Sadly Keith passed away in hospital 3 weeks after his wife Sue.
Keith was a member at Blaydon from when he came out the forces in 1959 and during the 70`s served the club as Finance Secretary being responsible for the building of our former squash courts ,now operating as Fit4Less gymnasium and undertaking on behalf of the Club many grant applications and building work.
Keith will be missed by many.
Our sympathies go to his sons Graeme and Paul and their families.

John Keith Sowerby -1938-2018

Jim Huxley

Andrew Baggett Cup – Saturday 3rd February





Andrew Baggett (or more affectionately Baggy) made 409 National League 1 (or it’s previous incarnation) appearances for Wharfedale and Blaydon between 2001 and 2017. This stands as a record by over 90 games ahead of Neil Dickinson, a Wharfedale legend. In fact, due to their consistency over recent years Blaydon and Wharfedale players make up over half of the top 20 appearance makers of all time with names such as Hodgson, Lister, Wearmouth and Kalbraier featuring in the top 10.

Baggy made his Wharfedale debut in September 2001, a narrow loss to Rosslyn Park at Threshfield. His Blaydon debut proved slightly more successful, an influential performance in a 46-8 win at Waterloo in September 2008. Baggy also holds another all time record as top scorer at level 3 with 1707 points. Again, this is quite a way ahead of his nearest challenger Neil Hallett of Ealing (1404).

A notable point here is that Baggy was not always his club’s first choice goalkicker, and in fact was only a back up kicker for 7 of his 16 seasons at level 3. Were this not the case his points tally could have exceeded 2500! Baggy recounts his Wharfedale highlights as “any time we beat Harrogate ” and in a similar vein in a red shirt “any time we beat Tynedale”. His disappointments include losing a number of Yorkshire Cup finals and being relegated from National 1 in his final game for Blaydon.

Baggy continues his rugby career back at his hometown club Middlesbrough where he is currently pulling the strings as player coach. They are extremely lucky to have someone of his experience, talent and character. Unfortunately this is lkely to exclude him from being at the game to make the first presentation of the Cup named in his honour.

Baggy’s talents as a player require little citation. It s not necessary to do so, you don’t get selected for 16 straight seasons in key positions without being a special player. What makes Baggy truly unique is his character. He possesses a number of qualities that are somewhat immeasurable and increasingly rare in modern rugby. Courage, resilience, self organisation and integrity are all attributes that are synonymous with Baggy. He is also one of the most determined and committed individuals you could ever have the fortune to meet. His thrice weekly commutes to Grassington and Blaydon for training and matches over 16 seasons equates to over 9 times around the equator!

Baggy is quite literally a legend and we will be fortunate to see another like him. The Baggett Cup is a fitting tribute to the man, from the two clubs where he gave so many people so much joy.


Bricks’s numbers were boosted for visit of West End – league leaders. With Bricks still in an injury and availability crisis it was good to see a number of new and returning faces swelling the ranks yesterday:

  • Matt Goodall made his first appearance of the season and with U18s now playing midweek, as coach he brought some of them along to play:
    • Matty Johnson – 2nd row
    • Callum Gascoigne –  back row
    • Jak Tuck – 9
    • Cameron James Coates – 10
    • Max Nellie – Centre
    • Mitchel Smails got called into work and missed the game
  • James Murray guested from the 2s who had no game
  • Peter Bath made a return to rugby in centre after a number of years out and scored a good try on his debut for the Bricks
  • Rodders made a return after his ankle injury at the end of last season
  • We had Anth. back, on the side line (always his best position, some would say!) this time not with water bottles, but pushing a buggy, he is threatening to play next week!
  • Vinnie, had been threatening for some time made an appearance and ouch! did a West End guys know he was back….


For context the players not available yesterday included; Savs, Chester, Divers, Damien A, Coatsey, Stu B, Arran, Finnaz, Harry, Horse, Matt P, Steve S, Oliver (late withdraw – referred to court assessment) Brett, Craig McB, Derek T, Will D & Tom E


West End also showed up with a squad of around 22, good to see the club starting to stabilise after struggling some seasons to field a team, they’ve managed to run 2 teams on a couple of occasions this season. They have built a good squad and it’s hard to see anyone stopping them from winning the Blyth League, good luck to them!

We noticed they decided to play Matt Allmond in the centre, we took the micky out of him after the game, saying he never had any hands, (expected, I’m sure as he left Blaydon) but he had a good game there, his partner at 13 was rapid and did all the damage on the day with West End’s chip and chase game.



Sorry yet again, I spend too much time watching the game to take photos, so hardly any photos, mainly set pieces etc! We desperately need someone who will take photos….


  • Trys: Matt G, Jak & Peter
  • Lewis, James


It was great to have a sizable squad, we’ve had many games with few or no subs this season. We again followed the principle of everyone plays (thanks to West End for agreeing to more than 7 subs) so we made 11 changes for the 2nd half and having nearly 2 teams with lots of players who hadn’t played together recently or before meant a settling in period. Unfortunately West End with a more settle squad took early advantage with a chip and chase game and we were two try’s down in minutes, but we recovered as time went on and were unlucky not to have more trys as we started to dominate more towards the end of the first half with a number of push over try’s being prevented (cant understand why it wasn’t a penalty try, but hey, referee had a good game all round)  and Hopey being tackled before he had hold of the ball, only a few yards out.


We had a similar settling period in the second half with almost a new team out there and came very strong at the end with a Vinnie try not awarded as the referee was unsighted and even some of the West End lads said we could have won if the game had been a few minutes longer.


As it was, West End tackled well and took their chances on the day, scored more points, which in any rugby game is the key aspect.


Highs and Lows of the game:

  • Blaydon scrummage worked very well
  • Matty and Callum played well in the Bricks forwards
  • Matt Goodall took a good line in the 22 and ran in a good try
  • Max Nellie had a very strong debut in the centre
  • Good mauling by the forwards to make good yards
  • Alex’s kicking kept us going forward
  • James picked up a long ball in his 22 and just got stopped in West’s 22.
  • Vinnie bouncing West End players out the way
  • Jak was a live wire on his debut at 9 in the second half.
  • Cameron was kicking the ball around 60 yards from penalty kicks
  • Rodders just got caught going into the 22 or would have been away
  • Goggle made a good break into the 22


Next week was designated as a Vet’s weekend, so no Bricks game, there is a development game against Gosforth so anyone U35 will be involved in that squad


  1. Paul Winter
  2. Keith Winter
  3. Tom Hirst.     (Steven Palmer)
  4. James Knox.   (Keith Oliver)
  5. Matty Johnson.
  6. Justin Clarke.      (Cameron Richardson)
  7. Callum Gascoigne
  8. Paul Strachan     (Paul Vinnicombe)
  9. Liam Bradley.  (Jak Tuck)
  10. Alex Twinn.    (Cameron James Coates)
  11. Mark Hopewell.   (Craig Barlow)
  12. Matt Goodall  (Robert Pyle)
  13. Max Nellie.  (Peter Andrew)
  14. Damien Shaw.  (Paul Dingley) Â
  15. Lewis Hill.   (James Murray)