Haverhill’s 50th anniversary match was a ‘fitting’ occasion

Haverhill go on the attack during their anniversary match against Harwich & Dovercourt
Haverhill go on the attack during their anniversary match against Harwich & Dovercourt

Haverhill Rugby Club came out on top in a special match against the same opponents they faced in their first ever game 50 years ago.

Harwich & Dovercourt were defeated 53-39 at Castle Playing Fields on Saturday in a match organised as part of Haverhill’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Handshakes all round after the match between Haverhill and Harwich & Dovercourt.

Handshakes all round after the match between Haverhill and Harwich & Dovercourt.

A mixture of first and second team players, plus a smattering of veterans, all played their part in the high-scoring match.

Paul Brown, a member of the first ever Haverhill RFC XV and now an honorary vice president of the club, was also made guest of honour for the day.

Haverhill president and organiser of the match, Jim Morgan, said the match, and indeed the entire day, was befitting of the occasion.

He said: “It was one of the best rugby matches we have seen up there for many many years.

“It was competitive. They came over here to play rugby and we were here to play good rugby.

“It was a good game of rugby. They scored a few and the referee was excellent. We had a good game and there was no argy-bargy.

“It was all played totally in the way it should be played.

“It was a celebration of something that happened 50 years ago.”

Some 30 people attended a pre-match buffet and there were in the region of 150 people enjoying the fun after the match, which included a barbecue, karaoke and a disco that went on into the early hours of the morning.

Mr Morgan added: “We had probably about 150 supporters there, which was fantastic.

“We had a lot of people we had not seen for a long time there.”

It is now hoped that the favour shown by Harwich in coming to play the commemorative match in Haverhill can be reciprocated with a return match at some stage in Essex.