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London Colonials RLC 1978/9

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On ‎10‎/‎15‎/‎2018 at 1:43 PM, Celtic Rooster said:

I will look into that for you when I get a chance Henage but I don't have time right now. I don't see much of London Colonials in the major competitions after 2000. London Skolars had started to become the dominant team down there by then, but in the 1980's and 1990's teams like Fulham Travellers and Ealing regularly played in the BARLA National cup. Maybe it was one of them that you played, or London Skolars? Streatham Celtic also played in the national cup in the 80's. I will look into that as I have more time on my hands now the current season is over.

We beat Skolars in the BARLA cup on a cold wet muddy day, after the game the showers wouldn't work so we all took a player home to have a bath/shower, great set of lads.

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Gordon Anderton was a great organiser. He took us London Colonials to Keithley for a weekend. We played in the mud and the locals fed us. We had a very big night after the game. The locals came and found us in various pubs in the morning, gave us breakfast and sent us back to London remembering a great weekend. 

Doug Shaw was our ‘secretary’. Russell Couch the Captain in the first year. I got given the job as Cap / coach in 79/80. Like herding cats but great bunch of players. I think our ‘pub’ was called the beehive (could be wrong there), the publican was from Salford so followed League.

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I hope you don't mind, but I had to get into this thread. My brother and I played for Aberavon and the London/Southern League brings back great memories. We'll never forget my brother got struck by lightening (literally) when playing in London (that's what you get for showing off) and our battles with Colonials were always hard fought and memorable events.

They were always very hospitable and I remember once they took us on a pleasure cruise on the Thames after the match. Great days.

We were living the dream although I sometimes felt, we were like little boys lost, in the big city, conscious of our small town roots.

One of my favourite tales, (I wonder if anyone can remember it?) was defending a tap penalty just outside our 20 metre line.

While we were waiting for the ball to be brought back onto the field, Concorde flew over. Our full back said ''ooh Concorde!'' and we all looked up (being from sunny Aberavon, we'd never seen Concorde before). Colonials took a quick tap and were under the posts before we realised they had the ball! Lol.

It was bad enough conceding the try, but the ######-taking afterwards was unbearable.

 

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I recall playing Aberavon about 15 years ago in a pre-season RLC Cup; we arrived at the ground in monsoon conditions, the rain almost horizontal, but to find our hosts watering the pitch!

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On 2/13/2019 at 10:07 AM, Number 16 said:

I recall playing Aberavon about 15 years ago in a pre-season RLC Cup; we arrived at the ground in monsoon conditions, the rain almost horizontal, but to find our hosts watering the pitch!

I remember that match ?

It was the weekend after I had met my, now, wife!!! 15 years.. time flies!

we won that to set up a semi final against Skolars IIRC which we lost. 

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To Aussie Paul ,

As I am returning to London this August ( 2019 ) I thought I would look up the London Colonials etc & saw your post . I played in the same 78/79 team - my name is Ken McKenna ( Macca ) & played in the centre's - I came from the Asquith Magpies in Sydney . I actually still have a phoyo of us in the Pickford Removals jerseys . I ended up being Captain of Combined London & we went up north & got belted - from memory there was about 6 to 7 Colonials in the combined London team . Anyway you have brought back some good ( & very old ) memories - Cheers , Macca .

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Hi Macca, I certainly do remember you. That was a great team. Those New Zealanders were a wild bunch. I think they were wilder the following season. I ended up marrying my English girlfriend. It’s 40 years married on 21 July. Great to hear from you. I have been back a few times to visit the relatives etc. Hope you are doing well. Paul 

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