Dear Old Pats Colts
Thanks again for hosting us on Sunday.
I’ve spent my entire adult life in and out of rugby clubs as a player, coach, committee man and referee. This makes me fully qualified to say that Old Pats is very clearly a ‘proper’ rugby club. You all made us incredibly welcome.
Firstly, to the young lady in the kitchen who coped so admirably when I told her that a sizeable number in our squad are Muslim, so couldn’t eat sausage baps. Chip butties to the rescue!
To James Raddon for refereeing the game so well. It was a lovely touch that he allowed that last play to go ahead, giving our lads the opportunity to round off 7 years of rugby together with a try by the skipper.
There were plenty of tears on the pitch from the lads after the game when the realisation of the end of an era hit them (that happens every year).
Last but not least, to your lads for a great game. It really was excellent.
I’m glad that we were able to slot in with a good fixture as part of your cup final preparations, I hope that the lads nail the final and bring the cup back to Old Pats.
I also hope that our paths cross again. As well as the school teams, we have Camp Hill RFC (originally our old boys club), so if you’re looking for a fixture in the Birmingham area, let me know and I’ll put you in touch.
Thanks again for making us so welcome.
Governor, King Edward VI Camp Hill Boys, Birmingham.