“VPs – A History” – Simon Jones

“I have been associated with TWRFC for 50 years.

At the age of 12 I would run the touch for the 1st XV and my first game for the club was in the 4th XV at the age of 15 under the captaincy of Graham Spittles. In those days the first game of the season was Burgess Hill – an away fixture we always looked forward to, more for the return journey home and the drunken mile.

Progressing up through the teams, I captained the 1st XV 1984/5 season, losing only 4 games. I finished my playing career by captaining the Vets for 2 seasons, reaching the Vets Cup Final before, unfortunately, losing to Purley.

I went on some fantastic tours with the club: Northampton, Germany (3 times), Holland, France, and Jersey to name just a few, but these tours created lasting friendships.

I was social secretary for 10 years and have some great memories of club suppers, dinner dances and Gentlemen Smoking Evenings which were all a great success and a lot of fun. I still enjoy coming up to the club on Saturdays watching the league matches or travelling away on occasions to support the club and of course having a few beers with old and new.”

(PHOTO: Simon with Alan Skinner on tour in Orleans)

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