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The Unbeaten, Parts One and Two

The team of 1963/64 gathered for lunch, whilst the U18s played the BaaBaas...

Unbeaten 1963

The stuff that film scripts are made of.

Saturday 2nd April was a momentous day for Cobham. Dining in the club were 140 club members past and present celebrating the unbeaten season of 1963/64 and the string of 58 unbeaten games by what were then the Old Surbitonians, forerunner to Cobham Rugby.

The speeches gave a flavour of what the team was about almost 50 years ago, the passion and flair of a side that epitomised amateur rugby of the day. Perhaps the most moving speech was by 92 year old Alan Bolt, a former school master at Surbiton Grammar who spoke most eloquently about his time at the school, talking of the purchase of the ground after the war to remember those who gave their lives. He also spoke about the importance of friendship, which was the foundation stone of the Braemar Club who put on the day’s event.

In Back to the Future style, springing forward to the present day, the current unbeaten U18 Cobham side who have won every league game since the age of U11 provided on-field entertainment playing the Independent Schools Barbarians in a game true to the style of the BaaBaas with minimal kicking and strong running rugby. Having lost 12 players to a mixture of International duty, school sevens, and Daily Mail final, the lads put on a magnificent show of team strength and in a close fought game came out victors 37-31.

unbeaten 2

So as the script came to a fitting end, two groups of Cobham “Unbeaten” gathered for a team photo beneath the posts in front of the Peter Marsh Pavilion. As the U18 team Captain noted in his post match speech, maybe in 50 years to come the young ones will get together and take lunch, epitomising the strength of the Cobham friendship bond which lives on today as strong as it did in 1963/64.

The guys whose names are inscribed In Memoriam above the bar would have been proud. As would Peter Marsh as his legacy lives on.

 

For a bit of background on the team of 1963/64 click here

For the match report U18 v Barbarians click here

A short background note on the Braemar Club click here