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Burntwood celebrate 40th anniversary

06 November 2012

  • Former players invited to reunion
  • South Wales revisited in celebration season

Staffordshire club Burntwood are hoping to attract as many former players as possible to their 40th anniversary celebrations in their Sportsway clubhouse on November 23.

There will be a hog roast, live band, female vocalist and disco as well as plenty of opportunities for former players to reminisce about the club’s impressive rise from humble beginnings.

The club was formed on November 20,1972, at the Drill Inn by John Brown, Harry Cooper, Norman Leyshon, Derek Morrish and the pub licensee Ollie Moseley.

After a nomadic existence based at pubs and clubs around the town, Burntwood set up home in 1995 at their current headquarters on the North Shore of Chasewater in converted mobile school classrooms.

A new clubhouse was opened in 2002 which was extended recently to incorporate two more changing rooms and an entrance hall to the upstairs function room.

Since establishing a permanent base, the club has gone from strength to strength. The mini/youth section offers rugby from under-sevens up to the age of 17 and the seniors can field colts through to veterans.

Another sign of Burntwood’s progress came earlier this year when they became only the fourth Staffordshire club to achieve RFU Club Accreditation status.

To honour the anniversary at Burntwood commemorative mugs and ties have been designed and club members have also been disrobing for a W.I-style calendar for 2013 which will be on sale in December. The proceeds will be shared between Breast Care and Prostate Cancer charities.

There will be a formal dinner at the end of the season and - if space on the fixture list permits - an invitation rugby match to add to the celebrations plus a tour to Abercarn in South Wales, which was the destination for club’s first-ever tour.

Tickets for the reunion event are £10 each and can be obtained from Rob Forsyth on 01543 305997 or at the clubhouse on 01543 676651.