Saturday 15th December – From the Touchline

So we are now half way through the season and start to replay our opposition. It is our pleasure therefore to welcome our friends Alnwick from Northumberland for what will be their first visit here for some years after being a regular fixture in pre league times. We had a difficult and hard fought victory at their home in early September and they will look today to gain their revenge with a victory against us. They have had a varied season so far but with 7 wins from 12 games are probably reasonably content with their overall form after their promotion to this league. We welcome their team and supporters and trust they enjoy their day at Crowtrees.
Last weekend saw us visit Kirkby Lonsdale for the first ever fixture between our Clubs, and after a day of incessant rain throughout the match secured a fine 36-0 victory. It was a happy bus on the way home with Blaydon Races ringing from Andrew Richardson’s music machine as we entered Swalwell
At this half way point we lie only one point behind second place Billingham, with the leaders Hull to be played at their ground in our first match in January. We have a regular away support now and it is a pleasure to have a strong group of supporting parents with us as well at every ground we visit.
The Christmas rest period will be well appreciated by the players of all sides as injuries continue to mount due to the intensity of the game that is now being played and our 1st team squad are no different but with strong competition within the squad and four consecutive victories Matt and the team are on a good run. Let’s hope it continues today.
I am grateful for an excellent attendance at our Xmas President’s Lunch today and particular thanks and a warm welcome go to our Match Sponsor Penny Petroleum and their guests. It is also a pleasure to have Smithy, or Ian Smith to some, with us today, the BBC Rugby commentator who does so much to promote Rugby in the North East. He has confirmed that our game today will be included on Sports Extra on Sunday and BBC Newcastle We also have tables from our past players, youth teams and parents and the Club will be buzzing once again.
We were surprised and delighted to see our past President and character Peter Graham at our Wilmslow game. He advised that he hasn’t come into more money and moved to that part of Manchester but had commuted from his home in Sri Lanka to see us !
Finally it only remains for me to wish all attendees a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year from all at Blaydon Rugby Club. We look forward to another exciting year and to welcome everyone back again.

Bill Locke