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Twickenham - 17th April 1999










Cliff Davey (1930 - 2019)


It is with great sadness that the Club announces the death of former Club President, Cliff Davey who passed away earlier this week.

 Cliff became aware of the existence of DKRFC, when on a foggy afternoon in November 1946, aged 16, he reported to our old ground at Penzer Street, Kingswinford to play in a school boy County trial. He was not very impressed. The pitch had a terrible slope, the grass was long, the changing rooms were draughty, the showers were not very efficient, and the groundsman rattled his money box in a most aggressive manner. Soon afterwards, and unlike most of his school friends who joined some 'other' local club, he became a member of DK in early 1947.

 His first game in the 1st XV was played at Handsworth circa 1950-51 season and in later years he was captain of the 2nd and 3rd XV's.

 Over the years, Cliff supported the Club in a number of administrative posts including Chairman of the Selection Committee, Match Secretary, Hon. Secretary of the Club, Club President for 1975-76 season through to the end of the 1976-77 season and was appointed a Life Member of the Club in 1978.

 Without question, Cliff was the Club's oldest and longest serving member and he will be sorely missed by all at the Club. Our sincere condolences go to Cliff's family at this sad time.

 In honour of Cliff's dedication to the Club, there will be a 'minutes silence' prior to kick off at the last home game of the season on Saturday 13 April.

A very warm welcome to all players, coaches, supporters and visitors to Dudley Kingswinford RFC.

Throughout the closed season our hardworking committee – under the leadership of chairman Jon Knowles has continued plans to develop & improve the facilities and infrastructure of the club. This summer has seen a much-needed revamp and improvement to the bar and surrounding areas. This redevelopment is part of the club’s continual plan of improvement which is intended - with sound and prudent management to underpin and develop vital revenue steam’s over the coming years.

Last season was the most exciting the club has enjoyed for some years with the 1st team narrowly missing out on promotion, losing a thrilling play-off final game against Syston RFC. Understandably this new campaign is keenly anticipated by all. Director of Rugby Neil Shillingford together with coaches’ Adam Blackford & Tommy Huggins have spent the summer quietly developing & honing the squad. In the main the playing personnel remain unchanged but competition for places will be tough, as younger players who have been developed from within the clubs burgeoning Youth section & successful Colts, challenge for places.

This season sees us playing in a much-changed league which brings new challenges. Despite last season’s successes, competition is so much more demanding as each game brings different challenges. We look forward to meeting with old friends from Hereford, Stoke, Sutton Coldfield, Worcester Wanderers & Moseley Oak. In addition, we have the ‘spice’ of local derby games against our near neighbours Stourbridge Lions & Bromsgrove together with Droitwich in a league game – for the first time. We anticipate renewing hostilities against ‘old adversaries’ Whitchurch, Malvern, Longton & Old Halesonians, in particular. We also look forward to meeting new challenges as we welcome Newbold to Heathbrook to play us at 1st XV level for the first time in many years. Added to this, for the first time we have the exciting prospect of floodlit mid-week evening games using our new floodlights to play selected 1st team fixtures during the season. It is hoped that this added flexibility will appeal to a greater more varied audience. One thing is certain there will be no easy games.

These are exiting times & a new season of challenging competitive rugby is eagerly awaited. As ever we promise all visitors a warm, friendly welcome & we look forward to a season full of hard-fought rugby played within the true spirit of the game.

We are proud of our reputation for pre-match lunches & post-match hospitality - all are welcome. Above all enjoy your visit to DK.


Ken Crane – September 2018

"MENTAL toughness is when you can find FUEL in an EMPTY tank"

So here we are again with our final league game of the season, a season which seems to have flown by. Once again it is my pleasure to extend a warm DK welcome to the players, officials and supporters of Sutton Coldfield. Very often these end of season games play out as a dead rubber, however from our perspective, today gives us the opportunity to gain the play off spot which is still within our reach. We are not in any way underestimating the ability of Sutton to upset the form book and deny us the necessary five league points that we require to secure second place in the league for the second consecutive season. To succeed we need our ‘A’ game and the support of what we hope will be a big home crowd against very determined opposition.

Should we succeed the reward will be an away tie on Saturday 27th April against Paviors who have convincingly secured the runners up spot in Midlands 1 East. It’s set a few senior members scratching their heads as to when we last played them. I have it on good authority from Ian Jackson it was on 5th November 2005 in the 4th round of the Intermediate cup. 

Fourteen points this afternoon will see us top 1000 for the season in all games. This comprises 156 tries including 3 penalty tries. Stef Shillingford leads the way with 22 in 29 appearances, followed by Charles Daffour with 14 from 14,  Tommy Walker and Matt Perks with 13 each, and Jordan Brookes 12 make up the top 5. Sam Vaughan is leading points scorer with 186 (5 tries; 67 conversions & 9 penalties); Shilly has 110 & Nick Adams 97.

It is twenty years since the club embarked on its historic NPI cup run that eventually ended up in the final at Twickenham on the 17th April 1999. We are delighted that so many of the squad who took us on that epic journey have joined us this afternoon. Looking back all those years rugby was a completely different game to that played now. Many of that squad saw out their playing career with DK going on to be part of a team that saw the club play at the highest level in our history. Others went on to bigger and better things, with DK’s local hero Shaun Perry going on to play with distinction for England. Pete Whiting was posted away from the area by the RAF, and is now about to become the RAF representative on the RFU management board. Sadly two of the squad are no longer with us. Gavin Tipper, who scored our only try in the final, and Howard Roberts. Both passed away well before their time and will always be remembered for the part they played in the team.

Last Sunday we hosted the annual Gallis Festival started by Gordon Griffiths in 1974. It has been running for 45 years, and is now the biggest single under 11 tournament in the Midlands. There were three generations of the Gallis family present to see the teams compete. John Gallis, Andy Gallis & Adam Gallis then presented each of the players taking part with a commemorative medal. The fair play award went to Whitchurch.  The event was organised by Mandy Platts, ably assisted by husband Brian, the Chivers family and numerous other willing volunteers.  In addition, all the referees were provided from within the club. A big thanks to all of those who assisted in whatever capacity they helped.

We are delighted to welcome this afternoon’s referee Scott de Weymarn from the Dorset Referees Society. We trust you have enjoyable game to look after your long journey up from the south.

As always, get behind your team, enjoy your afternoon irrespective of the result, and join us in the clubhouse after the game for some more traditional grass roots rugby end of season hospitality.

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Number 8

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Coaching Team

Director of Rugby

Senior Coach

Senior Coach

Sports Therapist

Team Manager

Matchday Coordinator



1   Loose Head Prop

Sean Harrison

2    Hooker

Dean Ginn

3    Tight Head Prop

Liam Hills

4 Lock

Harry Moxon

5 Lock

Jack Ward

6 Blindside

Chris Bancroft

Number 8

George Ord

7 Openside

Jack O'Brian

9 Scrum Half

Ollie Green

10 Fly Half

Ben Green

12 Inside Centre

Tom Harris

13 Outside Centre

Will Smewin

11 Left Wing

George Creed

15 Full Back

Joel James

14 Right Wing

Tom Burrows



Chris Hanley


Tom Foulsham


Zak Tyler

Todays Referee

Scott de