Born in Haverfordwest, educated initially at Downside and then Oxford University, “Hallers” won three rugby Blues from’79 to ’81, as well as
one Cricket Blue in 1980, a season in which he scored a creditable 113 not out against Kent.
It was at rugby however that Simon was to... [Read More]
“J.P.”- a man of many talents
Having highlighted in this series of “Great Players” some of the top quality “three-quarters” who have historically played for Bath, it would be remiss of me were I not to include the Melksham born “local boy” John Palmer.
John captained an unbeaten Prior Park... [Read More]
Whilst still a King Edwards schoolboy, Geoff Frankcom was considered such a prodigious talent that he was selected in the centre for the Somerset County Seniors 1st XV before being picked for Somerset Schools!. At that time he played 39 games for the Bath 1st XV whilst still in the sixth form,... [Read More]
MAURICE “RICHARD” LEE
Considered by his colleagues as a “fantastic character and great club player”, at 6’ 1” and 16st. 12 lb. prop forward Richard Lee created an extraordinary picture each time he jumped into his tiny Morris Minor Mini van to head home after a game. The vehicle was barely large... [Read More]
Gareth “Cooch” Chilcott is a name familiar with many of you not just because of his considerable talents on a rugby field, but also because he has professionally capitalised on his playing success with rugby to develop an ongoing career in television, radio, the theatre and sports travel.
It... [Read More]
Having played for Sale and Lancashire in 1972 / 73, John Horton took up a post to teach Physical Education at Bath Technical College at the beginning of the following season. At that time working in the same department was Christine Beese, wife of Bath centre Mike who was already an established... [Read More]
Possibly more than anyone else in the twenty-first century, thanks in the main to Rupert Murdoch’s massive “Sky” explosion in the past fifteen years, Stuart Barnes has gone from a Great Bath Past Player, to a household name synonymous with the professional “union” game. His career... [Read More]
It is no coincidence that Bath were particularly well served in the area of the back row during their record breaking seasons from 1983 to 1998. In this series having previously described the contributions made by Andy Robinson and Roger Spurrell, it would be remiss of me not to include... [Read More]
In a senior career covering 17 years from December ’60 to May ’76, blind-side wing forward Phil Hall played an astonishing five hundred and eighty games for the Bath R.F.C. 1st XV. His record, never bettered in one hundred and thirty years of amateur rugby, is equally unlikely to be... [Read More]
Although referring to a period some seventy five or so years ago, no biography series recalling “great players of Bath rugby” would be complete without mentioning Major R.A. “Gerry” Gerrard, D.S.O., R.E.
Born in Hong Kong in 1912, Gerry didn’t arrive in England until he was 15, by which time he... [Read More]