1947/48 AERE News Reports

A Rugby Club Is Born!

Follow history as it was made in these verbatim extracts of the "Rugger Club" reports in the Atomic Energy Research Establishment weekly newsletter, the AERE News.

Publication DateRugby Club Report
March 7th, 1947There will be a practice match on the ground between the police lodge and hangar 7 at 10.30 a.m. on Saturday 29th. There are now many more enthusiasts on the station - following the arrival of the carbon operators from Wales - and we hope to get a team together for next season altho' there is no chance of any fixtures this season. All players are asked to come along on Saturday morning. These games - which are held within the security fence must be restricted entirely to employees of A.E.R.E. who are in possession of a pass to enter the Establishment.   
H.R.
April 2nd, 1947On Saturday morning fourteen stalwarts turned out for a practice game. These included a number of newcomers to the game but it is felt that there is enough interest to organise a team. There will be a meeting of all people interested in playing, on Thursday 10th April at 7-30 p.m. in the social club. There will not be another game until after the Easter break but there is hope of some more practices before the season ends.   
April 10th, 1947 This evening at 7.30 p.m. in the social club there will be a meeting of all people interested in Rugby Football. The business will be to form a Committee to organise the running of a Rugby Football Club and discuss plans for next season. There will probably be a practice game during the week-end. 
April 17th, 1947A meeting was held on Thursday last in the social club at which it was decided to form a Rugby Club. Mr D. Rees was elected Chairman and it was agreed that all the necessary arrangements be put in hand for a fixture list next season. The annual subscription will be 5/- and if all who are interested will leave there names and usual place of work with the Secretary, Mr. R.F. Jackson, Ext.470, he will arrange that they receive the minutes of the meeting and will keep them informed of further developments.
R.F.J.
August 14th, 1947 The Rugger Club has now got a fixture list and a ground and hopes to call a General Meeting in about 2 weeks time. For further details watch this column.

However, to enable us to obtain a set of white jerseys we need 100 clothing coupons (1 coupon from 100 supporters)

Will all members, contributors to this appeal, or supporters who would loan, give or sell old white jerseys, please contact
D.Rees        Blg.161  Ex.310
R.F.Jackson Blg. 10   Ex.470
J.E.Evans     Blg.  35  Ex.244
R.F.J.
August 21st, 1947There will be a practice match on 28th August at approximately 6.45 p.m. - names to Messrs. Rees, Evans or Jackson as son as possible. All interested please come.

There will be a general meeting in the social club at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday, 4th September.
R.F.J.
August 28th, 1947There will be a practice match on 28th August (tonight) at approximately 6.45 p.m.
A General Meeting is to be held in the Social Club at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday, 4th September.
September 4th, 1947There will be a practice Rugby Game at 7 p.m. this evening followed by a General Meeting in the Social Club at 8.30 p.m.

There will also be practice on the rugger ground - outside the main gate - at 10.30 on Saturday morning. All are welcome.
September 18th,1947To enable a team to be selected for our first fixture versus Oxford Exiles Extra "A" on Saturday 27th Sept. (at home) a Final Practice will take place on Thursday 25th at 6.45 sharp. Would be players with queries about gear etc. please ring Ext: 470.
September 25th, 1947On Saturday the AERE Rugby Football team meet Oxford Exiles Extra "A" at home for the first time. Kick off 2.30
October 9th,1947 We played our first match at home last Saturday against the Oxford Exiles Extra "A", our opponents unfortunately arrived several men short and we made up their numbers to play 14 a side.

Because of this it would be unfair o regard the game as more than a very useful practice, the result 36-3 in our favour giving promise of a good team for tougher games that lie ahead.

We play the Pressed Steel Co. at Oxford on Saturday (11th) 'bus leaves at 1.30 p.m. from Staff Club "A", a limited number of spare seats will be available and we welcome supporters.

We are sending Messrs. Rees and Nicholas to the Berkshire County R.F.U. trials at Windsor on Saturday and we wish them luck. 
October 16th, 1947 In spite of the long week-end and the absence of Rees and Nicholas at the county trials, 15 men took to the field against Pressed Steel last Saturday. Although our scrum played well the great superiority of the Pressed Steel backs won them complete victory by 48-0. However everyone enjoyed the game, an excellent tea and a pleasant "drive" home.

The match for this Saturday has been unavoidably cancelled by the opposition.

Will anyone wishing to go to the Varsity Match at Twickenham in December please get in touch with Roy Huddle on Ext. 513.
October 23rd, 1947On Saturday A.E.R.E's team will be visiting Oxford Exiles Extra A. The bus will leave Staff Club "A" at 1.30. Supporters will be welcome.
R.F.J.
October 30th, 1947 Last Saturday's game at Oxford against the Oxford Exiles Extra "A" was won 30-3. After a shaky start our backs settled down, Boorman and Morrison in the centre proving a good combination.

This Saturday's game is at home versus Exeter College 2nd XV. Kick off 2.45. We hope you will come and watch.
R.F.J.
November 6th, 1947 Last Saturday we played a most enjoyable game against Exeter College 2nd XV. We had most of the game till half time (score 6-3), but in the second half our visitors used their scrum and superior stamina to such good effect that we were finally beaten (6-25).

This week we hope to turn out our best team yet against R.A.F. Abingdon at home. (Kick off 2.45). We appreciated the good turn out of supporters last week, please come again.
November 13th, 1947 Our game against the R.A.F. Abingdon last Saturday was cancelled due to the inability of our opponents to raise a team due to injuries. We apologise to disappointed supporters.

This Saturday we go to Reading to play the Old Readingensians 2nd XV. Coach leaves Staff Club A at 1300 and Chilton site at 12.05 A few spare seats - contact me Ext. 470.

Tonight at 20.15 we have a rugger team keep fit session in the gynasium. All are welcome.
R.F.J.
November 20th, 1947 Last Saturday we visited the Old Readinensians and had a most enjoyable game, both from the players and spectators' points of view. The score of 20 points to 3 points in our favour was rather flattering to us as far as midfield play was concerned. Our forwards "backed up" well and Wood especially, showed thrust and dash in breaking through. It was very unfortunate that he should have received a rather nasty cut over his right eye early in the game. W|e trust it will heal speedily and allow him to play again.

Six tries scored and only one converted in perfect weather shows a weakness we would do well to eradicate.
Remember the keep fit class tonight at 8 p.m. in the gym. WE want perfect fitness to really enjoy the game so stir yourself from that armchair, assume a spartan attitude to the weather and come along.
S.J.W.
November 27th, 1947 On Saturday last the Military College of Science sent a team to visit us.

In the first half the A.E.R.E. in spite of a very strong favourable wind were very slow to start and at half time we were three points down.

In the second half Shrivenham, in a suden over-whelming few minutes, scored five tries and converted one. However for the last quarter of the game A.E.R.E. rallied and in the last minute managed to score an excellent try through Huddle and Morrison.

This week we are playing away at the the Royal Air Station, Culham. A 'bus will leave Staff Club "A" at 1.30; there will be a number of spare seats for supporters
R.F.J.
December 11th, 1947 Last Saturday we played Newbury "A" on their home ground. An unconverted try by Morrison early in the first half was quickly equalised by Newbury, the game was then very even and there was no further score until well into the second half when the Newbury forwards broke away to score again. Thereafter Newbury were held to a hard finish, the final score being 13-3 to our opponents.

After what appear from the touch line to be quite a creditable performance we were very well entertained by Newbury before the journey home.

This Saturday we play the Military Hospital, Wheatley at home - Kick-off 2.45 p.m.
R.F.J.


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