1988/89 Portugal Tour

Lots of bruising memories of this tour of Portugal, 1989.

As penance for arranging an 82-0 thrashing in Jersey on a previous club tour, Andy Langman was requested to "do better" with the next one. And so .....

The 5 hour coach journey from Lisbon, the 4-4 draw and the pig trotter stew in Coimbra were the calm before the storm. Next day some of us went to watch the Portuguese club final match, the rest of us enjoyed the sun, sand and sea ... oh, and a little beer. Little did we know that Portugal picked the bulk of their national side from these two teams. Move on another day and we were lining up against the national side, in what had been arranged as a training game for them, at the Portuguese national stadium, we lost 134 - 0, and tries were only worth 4 points back then! We did get a formal reception and meal for our troubles.

Andy was never to organise another tour for Harwell!!

After The Match!Harwell 4 Coimbra 4 Dave Hammond, "H", Rob Ponting, Mark WarmsleyPhoto 1: March 1989 Portugal Tour. 
After The Coimbra Match (Drew 4 - 4)
Dave Hammond (Referee), Rob Ponting, "H", Ronnie Ross
Kieran (Spud) Murphy, Red NosePhoto 2: Kieran (Spud) Murphy

Rob Ponting, Forever Stylish!Photo 3: Rob (Beach God) Ponting