North Shields rugby veterans to celebrate 90th anniversary

On Saturday North Shields RFC will be staging a veterans match as part of their 90th anniversary celebrations.

The club’s over-40s will be taking on Ashington RFC Veterans at Preston playing fields, with a 3pm kick-off.

North Shields will be captained on the day by the ever-green Arnie Wilson.

This is the first official ‘Vets’ game for North Shields for a number of years and the club is hoping that any former players or members will be able to make it down to the club to watch the game, or even better, pull on those old boots one more time and take part in the match.

The bar will be open after the game and all former members are welcome.

North Shields RFC was formed in 1922 as Smiths Dock Rugby and Athletic Club and the 90th season has so far been a successful one, both on and off the pitch.

The club’s very young first team finished comfortably in mid-table in Durham Northumberland Division 2 and the second team, the Crusaders, won the Northumberland County Junior Cup.

Season 2012-13 has also seen the club restart its youth rugby section, and with a new young committee on board, the club is going from strength to strength.

The club said the veterans match and the evening in the clubhouse afterwards will be a fitting way to wrap up this successful anniversary season.

Anyone who would like to play should contact Dave Hardy at the club on (0191) 257 7352.