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Cooper’s 100 is also Hendon Rugby Club’s 80th

15 October 2012

  • Magic Circle member Geoffrey reaches his ‘ton’
  • Co-founder of Hendon RFC still attends AGMs
(Left to Right) David Gershlick, President Hendon RFC; Paul Murphy, President Rugby Football Union; Michael Barnes, President Middlesex County RFU; Geoffrey Cooper, Founder Hendon RFC

Photo: RFU Archive

A wonderful life in rugby was celebrated by Hendon RFC in north London when RFU President, Paul Murphy, was among those who toasted the 100th birthday of the club’s co-founder, Geoffrey Cooper.

Murphy attended a double-celebration dinner dance at the Crown Moran Hotel on October 13 that also marked the 80th anniversary of the rugby club Geoff helped to form at a meeting in the Chequers Pub in Hendon in October 1932.

Geoff is still serving on the club’s fund-raising sub-committee, he visits the club from time to time and never misses the annual general meeting.

Murphy congratulated Hendon on being able to celebrate its 80th in the company of Geoff, whose 100th birthday had been a week earlier on October 6.

In Geoff’s business life he ran a company involved with the watch trade in Hatton Garden and has made substantial contributions to Hendon club funds.

He was also a prominent figure in the Magic Circle, a Mason and a member of a number of Chapters and Lodges, and he remains a keen gardener at his home in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.

Paul Murphy spoke about the good work of the RFU Injured Players Foundation and made a presentation to Geoff for his achievements in Rugby Football and his 100th birthday.

Geoff responded with some recollections of both his early playing days – he was vice captain of Hendon when he scored a try in their opening match - and his current fund-raising role before being treated to a standing ovation.

Michael Barnes for Middlesex Rugby made a presentation of a silver salver from the County to mark Geoff’s long service to Hendon and Rugby Football.

Hendon believe their sevens event is the longest running club sevens event in the RFU, and the silver trophy presented each year was originally presented by Teddy Knox, member of “The Crazy Gang” entertainers whom Geoff knew through his entertainment connections.

Finchley RFC were the first time winners in 1955 and in 2012 the trophy was won by Old Millhillians.

For more information contact David Gershlick, 07860 487072,