Past Players Events 2021-22 Past Players Events 2021-22


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Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th 0ctober ResultsSaturday 9th & Sunday 10th 0ctober Results


Saturday 9th 0ctober Results
Stockton 12-29 Reivers
Robbie Nash, Ryan Hope – 1 try each
Jack Wood – 2 tries
Kieran Smith – 1 try & 2 conversions
MOM – Robbie Nash

Gateshead III 14-24 Stags
Adam Savage, David Lynn, Eddie Fleming, Stephen Parsons – 1 try each
Adam Cutts – 2 conversions
MOM – Nick Deakin

Galashiels Colts 19-10 Colts
Chris Johnstone, Danny Dowd – 1 try each
MOM – Harry Hoggan

Sunday 10th October Result
Percy Park Colts 0-14 Colts
James Parvin – 2 tries
Tom McKenna – 2 conversions
MOM – Chris Johnstone

Sam DuckworthSam Duckworth


We were overwhelmed by the turnout at Sam’s funeral on 30th September, and wish to express our thanks to you all.

The Celebrant said that the warmth in the rugby club was palpable.

He would have loved it!

Carolyn and Nicola

Driffield 46-0 1st XVDriffield 46-0 1st XV


Morpeth made the long trip to East Yorkshire to visit familiar league opponents in Driffield. Those who have been fortunate enough to visit their excellent facilities will bear testimony the Club's hospitality is second to none. On this occasion, Club President Rob Parkinson, Morpeth's County Rep Duncan Hutton, and Sponsorship Guru Geoff Manners, whilst sheltering from the continuous downpour, performed their off duties with enthusiastic dedication.

To the game itself, Morpeth were struck down before they set off when coach Mick Dungait was unable to travel due to illness, worse was to come when second row Ben Jackson took ill during the journey to the game. It meant that Morpeth began the match with effectively 5 props which proved no match for a more than useful Driffield outfit who played some entertaining rugby despite the unfavourable conditions.

Morpeth were unable to stop the opposition at source which enabled Driffield to be continually on the front foot. Once behind the Morpeth defence, home tries were inevitable.

The visitor’s situation grew worse when fly half Ben Hornby was forced to leave the field after 10 minutes with a nasty gash to the head requiring medical attention. Centre Fraser Boldy moving from centre to fly half.

Five Driffield tries were scored during the first 40 minutes. They came at regular intervals during a first half that took the home side to an unassailable 29-0 lead as Morpeth's first up tackling failed to hit the mark.

To their great credit Morpeth fought hard in the second half, after a reshuffle in the pack, moving Elliott Clark into the second row and the recognised scrum half that is Jack Elliott making only his second appearance of the season, moving to flanker and Irving on at 9. Elliott displayed his natural aggression and wholehearted display in this unusual position.

A further three tries followed in the second half as the skies darkened and Morpeth put up a greater fight, but it was damage limitation as Driffield won with some ease.

Final score Driffield 46-0 Morpeth.

Scoops Man of the Match - Jack Elliott was right up there who played in 2 positions but the award goes to Ollie Dynan who really has been the team's outstanding performer to date.

Saturday 2nd October Results

Driffield 46-0 1st XV
MOM – Jack Elliott

Reivers 26-36 Billingham II
Jordan Wilkinson, Alfie Mather – 1 try each
Matty Hutchins – 2 tries
David Wall – 3 conversions
MOM – Ryan Hope

Percy Park II 53-14 Eds
Eddie Fleming, Andy Whitfield – 1 try each
Adam Cutts – 2 conversions
MOM – Andy Whitfield

Hawick Colts 48-7 Colts
Harry Hoggan – 1 try
Tom McKenna - 1 conversion
MOM – Harry Hoggan

54th Annual Club Dinner & Presentations54th Annual Club Dinner & Presentations


Wednesday 17th November 2021

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Christmas Masquerade BallChristmas Masquerade Ball


Saturday 4th December 2021

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1st XV 32-5 Moortown1st XV 32-5 Moortown


Morpeth continued their league programme with a home game against the Leeds based team of Moortown. Those longstanding Morpeth members will recall a regular fixture against the Yorkshire outfit, who were unbeaten in this current league programme.

For the first time this season fit again skipper Carl Hill led out his team, who then turned in a stunning performance, easily their best display to date.

On another still September Saturday afternoon, it was the manner of Morpeth's rugby that really took the eye. Backs and forwards combining to provide an entertaining spectacle for the Mitford Road regulars.

Whilst Moortown may disagree the match was almost over by halftime with the home side romping into a 25-5 lead. By far the best 40 minutes they have produced all season.

The second half was slightly more subdued but for another Morpeth score that took the game out of sight. The visitors never gave up, but the home side were well worth the win and fully deserved the additional bonus point.

Morpeth try scorers included the consistent Number 8 Ollie Dynan, enterprising full back Andrew Telford, who excelled with a superb hat trick, whilst centre Fraser Boldy chipped in with two penalties and three conversions.

Whilst this was an all-round team performance Scoops Man of the Match goes to Richie Stephenson – a solid 80 minutes particularly given his lack of recent rugby.

Saturday 25th September Results

1st XV 32-5 Moortown
Ollie Dynan – 1 try
Andrew Telford – 3 tries
Fraser Boldy – 2 penalties & 3 conversions
MOM – Richie Stephenson

Blaydon II 45-0 Reivers
MOM – Ryan Hope

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Sam Duckworth Funeral NoticeSam Duckworth Funeral Notice


Suddenly in hospital on Saturday 11th September 2021. Husband of the late Maryan, beloved Father of Nicola, Carolyn and the late Tom, devoted Grandad of Emily, Ella and Amy and Great Grandad of Oliver. Service at Morpeth Rugby Club on Thursday 30th September at 11.30am followed by a private cremation.

Family will return to Clubhouse after the cremation, and have requested that guests remain so they can catch up with everyone.

Family flowers only please, donations if desired to (The Motor Trade Benevolent Fund) or via William Purves Funeral Directors, 8 Manchester Street, Morpeth, NE61 1BH.

Cleckheaton 36-27 MorpethCleckheaton 36-27 Morpeth


Morpeth made one of their many travels to Yorkshire to take on old foes and always competitive rivals Cleckheaton. It proved to be an entertaining and close encounter that left a Morpeth side extremely disappointed, but nevertheless upbeat due to a vastly improved display. This was a game Morpeth could and possibly should have won particularly given their early second half advantage. It was ultimately a cracking encounter.

The game settled down with penalties. Firstly, McKay converted an early chance for Morpeth before Cleckheaton replied with a penalty of their own before the same player restored Morpeth's early advantage. 3-6.

The home side then took the lead with a converted score (10-6), before skipper Dynan, part of an outstanding back row, together with Donnelly and Williams, led by example, and crossed just before half time with McKay adding the extras. 10-13.

Morpeth then took control of the game in the first ten minutes of the second half with two converted tries. The first came from Dynan again which also resulted in a sinbinning for the home side. Then Jake Jardine took advantage of a dropped ball and ran half the length of the field to touch down for another Morpeth score. McKay was yet again on the mark to convert both tries.

Although Morpeth had stretched their lead, the home side, now restored to a full complement, took complete control of the game by winning and then keeping possession with their skilled number 8 leading the way. The pressure told on the visitors building phase after phase and scoring four good tries in the process. Before the final whistle Morpeth had the opportunity to salvage a couple of well-deserved losing bonus points but an ambitious pass went astray, and the game was over.

A much-improved Morpeth performance with Scoops Man of the Match handed to Skipper Dynan.

Friday 17th & Saturday 18th SeptemberFriday 17th & Saturday 18th September


Saturday 18th September Results

Cleckheaton 36-27 1st XV
Jake Jardine – 1 try
Ollie Dynan – 2 tries
Jake McKay – 2 penalties & 3 conversions
MOM – Ollie Dynan

Reivers 17-40 Northern Wanderers
Andy Whitfield, James Armstrong, Diarmuid Devlin - 1 try each
Bertie Hinson – 1 conversion
MOM – Diarmuid Devlin

Eds 31-26 Novos II
Adam Burbridge, Paul Mooney, Paul Borg – 1 try each
Eddie Fleming – 2 tries
Adam Cutts – 2 conversions
Adam Grieve – 1 conversion
MOM – Nick Birch & Graeme Kennedy

Kelso 29-12 Colts
Ethan Alia – 1 try
Olly Crooks – 1 try & 1 conversion
MOM – Danny Dowd

Friday 17th September Results
100 Vets from 5 Clubs enjoyed a good night of social rugby.

Game 1 - Ashington Colliers 24-0 WB Rockliff
Game 2 - Novos 10-0 Blyth Buccaneers
Game 3 - Morpeth Ranters 14-12 Ashington Colliers
Stuart Arkle, Mark Davidson – 1 try each
Jamie Pemberton – 2 conversions
Game 4 - WB Rockliff 0-17 Novos
Game 5 - Blyth Buccaneers 12-7 Morpeth Ranters 7
Stuart Arkle – 1 try
Jamie Pemberton – 1 conversion

Samuel TG DuckworthSamuel TG Duckworth


It is with a great deal of sadness that we learnt of the passing of Sam Duckworth on Saturday 11th September aged 85. Sam was born in Bolton and educated at Mill Hill School of London and then worked for Pirelli Tyres. He played rugby for Blackburn and lived in Staincross in West Yorkshire before moving to Morpeth at the end of the 1960’s. He played for the original Morpeth Stags XV captained by Isaac Arris and then John Elliott in the early 1970’s and then, well into the 1970’s was always available to help our Team Secretary if he was struggling to turn out our 5th or 6th XV.

Sam became a member of our General Committee at the end of the 1970’s and was a prominent member of the Club for the next 40 years devoting an enormous amount of his own time and energy in helping to efficiently run the Club.

In 1985 he took charge of the Colts and the following year the Club Youth Section. In 1990 he became Chairman of Club Sponsorship and organised the Club Travel - posts he held until 2006. At the same time in the 1990’s he was Manager of the Reivers XV while his son Tom was Manager of the Edwardians XV. In 1996 he became Hon Assistant Sec. to Ken Fraser - a post he held until 2011. By 2001 he was a Senior Vice President and took over the running of the Youth Section until a permanent Chairman was secured.

Sam became Club President in 2002-2004 and at the same time was Assistant Secretary, Chairman of Sponsorship and Travel. He rarely if ever missed a 1st XV match and was at the first home match this season against Old Brodleians a week before his death.

Sam was a well-known figure in Morpeth and very much part of the community. He was Chairman of the Friends of Carlisle Park Committee and was for many years heavily involved with the Morpeth Sports Council Sports Awards Evening – being instrumental in that event now taking place at the Club.

Sam also became involved with “Ben” - Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent Fund.

Club members will remember Sam as a “gentleman” who always had time to talk to others. He will be remembered with enormous affection and remembered for providing the Club with 2 trophies – the Sam Duckworth Trophy for our Reivers Players of the Season and the Sam Duckworth Rugby Club Golf Putter for the Clubs Golfing Day out.

Sam’s son Tom died in December 2018 and his wife Maryan died in April of this year. The Club send their condolences to Sam’s 2 daughters – Nicola and Carolyn and their families

Morpeth 3-31 IlkleyMorpeth 3-31 Ilkley


On writing this report I have just received the news that Morpeth Club stalwart Sam Duckworth has passed away. A full obituary of Sam's dedication to the Club will be posted in due course but on a personal note Sam was far more than just an avid and dedicated rugby fan. To see him, 'on the street,' there would then follow a conversation of genuine interest in you and your family. It was both sincere and uplifting.
Sam was an absolute gent. A lovely, lovely man who will be sorely missed.

Morpeth 3-31 Ilkley
Morpeth continued their league programme with another home game against North Yorkshire side Ilkley. Again, it was an extremely youthful Morpeth side that took the field on a dry but windy afternoon with the home side having the benefits of the elements. Indeed, Morpeth started the better and deservedly took the lead on 5 minutes with a Jake McKay penalty. 3-0. The young centre was heavily involved in the early action with another long-range effort falling just short followed by an important last-ditch tackle as the visitors looked threatening.
Morpeth were then further disrupted when Telford was forced off the field to be replaced by a far from fit Ward.
Ilkley grew into the game, the flyhalf and centre axis of King and Johnson caused the home defence problems throughout, and it was only through some poor handling wide out that prevented the visitors scoring. In the meantime, Morpeth's scoring efforts were restricted to McKay's boot. A superb long-range effort struck the post on 29 minutes. The home side were unable to provide the kicking accuracy to pen the visitors back as they consistently counter attacked with pace and skill, whilst Morpeth defended stoutly.
Ilkley deservedly took the lead before halftime after consistent pressure saw captain Lowes going over.
Half time score 3-5.
Cleverly using the elements Ilkley won the match in the first 20 minutes of the second half. The pace and skill of the Ilkley backs enabled two early scores from executed set piece moves. Another score on 65 minutes made the score 3-24 in the visitor’s favour.
Yet the young Morpeth side showed good spirit and came again but were let down by poor handling at crucial times. Captain Dynan worked hard, together with a front row of Gavaghan, Yilmaz and the experienced Moody. Flanker Craig Donnelly caught the eye with a spirited performance showing both skill and determination, whilst Manley posed a threat wide out. Yet ultimately Ilkley were a far better outfit and thoroughly deserved their win rounded off with a late converted try. 3-31.

Scoops Man of the Match - Prop Theo Gavaghan.

Saturday 11th September Results

1st XV 3-31 Ilkley
Jake McKay – 1 penalty
MOM – Theo Gavaghan

Tynedale Raiders 62-5 Reivers
Archie Singer – 1 try
MOM – Archie Singer

Colts 24-34 Melrose
James Parvin – 1 try
Harry Hoggan – 3 tries
Olly Crooks – 2 conversions
MOM – Sean McLaughlin

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County Cup Quarter Final – Saturday 28th AugustCounty Cup Quarter Final – Saturday 28th August


Novos 22-20 Morpeth
The good news is that rugby is back, and the welcoming sight of the community game returning cannot be underestimated. For their first official game Morpeth made the short journey to Sutherland Park to take on their old foes Novos in a County cup quarter final tie played in warm, late summer sunshine. It really was a glorious afternoon.

Morpeth began the stronger, threatening the Novos line, whose defence held firm. An injury to the Mitford Road side caused disruption to the back row and on 13 minutes Novos took the lead with a converted penalty. 3-0.
That lead lasted for only a couple of minutes when Morpeth equalised with a penalty of their own on 15 minutes by scrum half and debutant George Ayliffe. 3-3.
Morpeth then dominated the final 20 minutes with three good tries, the first by number 8 Ollie Dynan which was converted by Ayliffe to make the score 3-10. Then centre Wood who broke two tackles to score wide out, an effort that was unconverted. 3-15. An excellent debut try. The first half scoring was completed when Kieran Smith scored in the corner for another unconverted try.
Half time score 3-20.
As well as the first half ended for the Morpeth side, the second half began badly as the team seemed to lose focus against a Novos team, showing both resolve and no little skill. A Novos unconverted score from close quarters reduced the deficit on 55 minutes.8-20. Then a Morpeth midfield mix up allowed the Novos centre to score underneath the posts giving an easy conversion. 15-20. The final try and conversion following a break out from their own 22 gave Novos a deserved victory and a County cup semi-final tie.
Final score 22-20.
Next week Morpeth begin their league programme with a home game against Old Brodleians.

Scoops Man of the Match – Elliott Clark

League Game 1 - Saturday 4th SeptemberLeague Game 1 - Saturday 4th September


Morpeth 8-15 Old Brodleians

Welcome back to Mitford Road. It was a gloomy afternoon weather wise but that shouldn't have hidden the fact that community rugby has eventually returned as COVID restrictions were lifted from our beloved game. What better venue to make such a return than the immaculate surface superbly prepared by the one and only John Dungait.

For Morpeth it was a much-changed side, missing through injury some key experience. It is worthy to note that over the past two fixtures, half the side have made their first team debuts.

The first 20 minutes or so the game was littered with mistakes by both sides. No real surprise given the prolonged lay off. Handling errors were compounded by a consistent drizzle. Yet the game turned in Morpeth's favour after good pressure on 20 minutes gave McKay the opportunity to convert a close-range penalty. 3-0.

Brods then had the chance to equalise but spurned a 35-metre penalty before the gloom was lifted with an excellent Morpeth try, initiated by right wing Ward, then good work by flanker Williams, who was immense throughout before Telford crashed over. 8-0.

Morpeth then continued to push hard with some entertaining rugby, forwards and backs combining, but some ill-discipline by the otherwise exemplary stand in captain Dynan allowed Brods to clear their lines. Dynan and Williams continued to lead the way up front as Morpeth turned around at the interval with an 8-0 lead.

The second half saw Brods dominate with some hard and powerful running to which the home side couldn't counter. A desperately conceded penalty saw not only Brods reduce the deficit but also Telford being sin binned. 8-3.

The power of the Yorkshire side then took its toll with the home side unable to counter. Now with ball carriers able to break tackles and with left wing Barron a constant threat Brods deserved their win with two tries in the final quarter, one of which was converted following a quickly taken penalty.

Morpeth certainly didn't give up and spent the final 5 minutes piling on the pressure, but a mixture of wrong options or inaccuracy saw Brods home.

There were some good home performances not only by the debutants but by Williams, Dynan, and Telford, with Ward a constant threat wide out only to spoil matters by giving away a last-minute penalty for a trip.

Final score 8-15.

Scoops Man of the Match - Josh Williams.

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Rugby Return!Rugby Return!


1st XV makes a very welcome start league to the league season on Saturday 4th of September.
Below are the 1st XV league games for the season

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Club Closure NoticeClub Closure Notice


The club will be closed this Saturday 31st July '21 for a Wedding
Click on the link for further info.

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Covid UpdateCovid Update


Clubhouse Arrangements from 19th July 2021

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Covid Update – Clubhouse Re-opening Saturday 10th Covid Update – Clubhouse Re-opening Saturday 10th


With all affected individuals emerging from their imposed periods of isolation we are preparing to re-open the Clubhouse with effect from Saturday 10 July.

Please remember that all existing Covid related restrictions remain in force:
• Hand sanitising
• Social distancing
• Face masks in Clubhouse
• Table service only for food and drink
• Restricted group numbers

If you are coming to the club it is also important that you continue to “Sign-in” using the NHS Covid App and club QR Code when you arrive.

Until further notice our Bar Hours will be:
• Saturdays: 3:00pm to 10:00pm
• Tuesdays & Thursdays: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
• Fridays: 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Scoops Slot – Andy Clark Scoops Slot – Andy Clark


This week’s club member is Andy Clark

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Club Closure NoticeClub Closure Notice


We are located in one of the top 5 Covid “hotspots” nationally as published by HM Government and sadly we have been unable to avoid getting caught up in the recent rise in cases. A number of our key staff have been contacted by the NHS Track & Trace service and advised to isolate for periods of up to 10 days.

Consequently we find ourselves in the difficult position of not being able to provide a bar service or indeed to maintain a Covid safe cleaning regime in the premises. That being the case the Management Board yesterday evening took the difficult decision to close the clubhouse premises and they will remain closed until Friday 9 July at the earliest. In the interests of clarity the closure relates not just to our bar facilities but also to the Gym, Toilets
and hallway areas – in other words all of the clubhouse.

We will continue to monitor the situation with respect to re-opening. Any update will be circulated to members via GMS email and social media pages and you will be able to see the up to date status by going to the “News” tab in:

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Morpeth 7s 2021Morpeth 7s 2021


Competitive senior rugby finally returned to Morpeth with the 11th Morpeth 7s on Saturday 26th of June.

The 7s was first ran in 2010.

Paul Jackson and his teams of helpers had to work harder than ever to run the event this time, with undoubtedly rugby being the winner in the end.

19 teams competed in a 3-tier competition – Open, Social and Super Social.

The Open was a very high standard of rugby with Darlington Mowden Park overcoming Akuma Beavers in the final and Ewan McCurdy, from DMP, deservedly being named the player of the tournament.

The Social was won by The Undateables from Novos, managed by local rugby hero Jack Pellew, with Consett Thunder runners up.

The Super Social was won by The Salad Dodgers with the Beavers runners up.

Thanks to main sponsors Penny Petroleum and M Dungait & Sons for their continued support.

Thanks also to Carrs Billington for their sponsoring of team watering cans that were used for team refreshments.

The 7s was rounded off by singer Andy Rayner and band Siren who both entertained from the upstairs balcony, which highlighted the tremendous setting that we are fortunate to have at Morpeth RFC.

Alan BrownAlan Brown


It is with sadness that we have heard of the death, on Sunday 23rd of May, of Ambrose Alan Brown at the age of 92 – Ak Ak Brown to those who knew him. Alan was part of our Club - almost from the very beginning.

The OId Edwardians Rugby Club, as we were first known, first played in the 1947/48 season. Alan played in the second row or back row and his first games were in the 1948/49 season. In the 1949/50 season he played 25 out of the Club’s 27 matches and was a regular First XV player until the mid-1950’s.

Alan played in our first ever Northumberland County Cup Final when in March 1954 we narrowly lost in the Northumberland Shield Final to Gosforth second XV by 3-5 – Alan scored our try. He also played in the first ever Morpeth match at Mitford Road in April 1954 against a Bobby Robinson XV. He was a playing member when the Club gained Senior County status in 1954.

The Club began as a Junior Club in the County and the Northumberland RFU ran a Junior Colts County side and Morpeth often provided this County side with 6 or 7 players and Alan was one of these Morpeth County players together with, WE Laidlaw, A Gordon, TC Danskin, DP Trousdale, J Toshak, RG Clough, LK O’Connor, and PA Jackson.

After his First XV playing days were over Alan continued to play for the Club. In the 1962/63 season he was vice captain to Alan Gordon for our 3rd XV and when our 4th XV started, he captained the 4th XV for 3 years with his former First XV partner PA Tony Jackson.

Alan was asked on several occasions if he would become a Club Vice President with the view of eventually becoming President – but he declined – so in 1970 the Club made him an Honorary Life Member.

Alan however will always be associated with looking after the Club pitches at Mitford Road. He became a member of our General Committee in 1955/56 and in 1957 was part of the Committee looking after the Ground. For the best part of 40 years if you went to the Club on a Saturday morning during the rugby season Alan would be there on his own, marking out the lines of the pitches for the Saturday afternoon matches.

At the end of 1996-97 season Alan was awarded the George Brown Trophy for contribution on and off the field – this was fitting for all his years of service and signalled the end of his work with the Club pitches.

He enjoyed watching the Club sides playing whether First XV or the junior sides, well into the early 2000’s but after a severe illness he has unfortunately not been to Mitford Road for several years.

Alan will be remembered by Morpeth Club members as a very quiet gentleman who preferred to get on and help the Club in his own way without any fuss - and he did this both on and off the field for many, many, years.

Alan was a former Policeman who retired in 1984 to live in Gosforth, after 35 years’ service and was well known through the Police rugby team which he ran for decades.

He leaves a widow – Molly, daughter Alison and son David who is also a retired Northumbria Police Officer.

Scoops Slot – Duncan ‘Nobby’ Clark Scoops Slot – Duncan ‘Nobby’ Clark


This week’s club member is Duncan ‘Nobby’ Clark

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Rob Mair (Snr)Rob Mair (Snr)


It is with sadness that we have heard that Rob Mair (Snr) passed away on the 17th of May – aged 94. Rob and his family were a part of the club for many years in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Rob was on the Club Committee for several years and was House Chairman in 1977/78. His wife Margaret was on the Ladies Committee and both his sons – Richard and Rob Jnr played for the Club’s First XV. Rob Jnr gaining his First XV tie in 1976.
The Mair family have been an important part of the Club, highly respected and “old Rob” will be remembered with a great deal of affection by all that knew him.

Club closed on Saturday 29th MayClub closed on Saturday 29th May


As previously advised Covid restrictions are now being gradually relaxed and we have a backlog of rolled-over functions and events booked with us. The majority of these are for the ground floor Clubroom but some do include the upstairs suite. This inevitably means we will be unable to open the club house on some dates and we have promised to give you advance notice of these.

The club will be closed on Saturday 29th May for a Wedding

We are however open on Friday evenings from 6 to 9pm and Sundays from 11am to 3pm

Further dates will be posted as appropriate.

Once again our apologies for any inconvenience and thanks for your patience.

Scoops Slot – Richie YoungScoops Slot – Richie Young


This week’s club member is Richie Young

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Our Route Out of LockdownOur Route Out of Lockdown


Please see the attachment to this message that gives an outline of our route out of lockdown.

As future progress is made, we will notify members of arrangements via email and postings on the club website and social media pages.

We hope to see you soon

Bar Committee

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Scoops Slot – Ian PringleScoops Slot – Ian Pringle


This week’s club member is Ian Pringle

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Isaac ArrisIsaac Arris


It is with sadness that we have heard of the death of one of our older members of the club. Isaac Arris died on the 30th of March aged 85 after a short illness. Isaac was a local Painter and Decorator and joined the Club in the mid 1950’s. He was a member of the General Club Committee and the House and Ground Committee from 1957 to the early 1970’s.

He was Hon. Team Secretary in the 1965/66 Season – a position he held for the next 3 years and again became Team Secretary in the 1970/71 Season. Being Team Secretary was not the easiest of jobs in the 1960’s – not only had he to send out dozens of post cards informing players where they were playing and for which team, but he also had to make sure that each team had 15 players on the field. Isaac had one particularly difficult weekend in 1970 when the First XV were travelling to Preston Grasshoppers. There were several late cry offs and the First XV were short of a winger. Isaac approached Robson Phillipson to play – Robson said that he had to unload a waggon of straw and could not therefore travel - Isaac promptly said that he would unload the waggon himself - and Robson therefore travelled to Preston.

Isaac played nearly all of his rugby on the junior sides – though he did manage to play for the First XV on 5 occasions in the early 1960’s - he also travelled to the Isle of Man in Easter 1966 with the First XV. Isaac was Captain of the Club Junior sides for 4 Seasons - the Third XV in the 1968/9 Season and our 4th selected side in 1969/70, 1970/71 and 1972/73 Seasons. He was also Bar Chairman for 2 Seasons in the mid 1960’s.

For more than a decade Isaac was a prominent member of our Club and will be remembered by many of our older players with fond memories and by many members for his decorating skills in their homes.

Scoops Slot – John GoodfellowScoops Slot – John Goodfellow


This week’s club member is John Goodfellow

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MRFC Return to RugbyMRFC Return to Rugby


All rugby sessions will strictly adhere to appropriate Government and RFU COVID-19 restrictions

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Scoops Slot – John LeitheadScoops Slot – John Leithead


This week’s club member is John Leithead

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MRFC 115 ClubMRFC 115 Club

115 Club Draw

We have now completed all of the draws for the 2020-21 Season – the results for the 10 draws are below.

There are currently 115 numbers in the “Club” however we are looking to expand the “Club” for the 2021-22 Season – if anyone would like to take a number please contact John Stafford, by the end of May, via email –

Each number is £50 for the Season and there are 10 draws throughout the Season.
£100 – Dave Marshall (94)
£50 – Joe Routledge (91)
£30 – Don McLeod (38)
£25 – Mick Lishman (43)
£15 – Ed Cuthbert (96)
£10 – Jim Dirom (27), Carolyn Telford (5), Chris Lishman (73), Alfie Grieve (28), Ainslie Knox (57), Alan Woolhead (86), Jim Telford (11)
£100 – Mick Lishman (43)
£50 – Lisa Watson (115)
£30 – Duncan Clark (7)
£25 – Neville Dickinson (82)
£15 – Dave Metcalfe (39)
£10 – Stephen Parsons (99), Rory Morrison (8), Chris Lishman (41), Vi (110), Carolyn Samms (106), Don McLeod 38, Dave Chattaway (74)
£100 – Colin Slater (44)
£50 – Charlie/Freddie Thornton (98)
£30 – Rick Hornby (29)
£25 – Ben Morrison (45)
£15 – Gus Nelless (3)
£10 – Michael Parrish (25), Jim Dirom (27), Nigel Dodds (102), Graeme Younger (87), Tony Batty (22), Geoff Manners (85), Ray Green (68)
£100 – Trevor Watson (14)
£50 – Carolyn Samms (106)
£30 – Jo Thornton (113)
£25 – Joe Routledge (32)
£15 – Stephen Cowell (111)
£10 – Dave Metcalfe (39), Jim Telford (11), Andy Higginbottom (46), Ed Cuthbert (96), Joan Manners (65), Jimmy Pringle (18), James Richfield (109)
£100 – Sam Duckworth (2)
£50 – Will Thornton (13)
£30 – Andy Hindhaugh (81)
£25 – Dave Chattaway
£15 – Ainslie Knox (57)
£10 – Colin Slater (44), Paul Airey (66), David Pringle (58), Simon Bainbridge (59), Dave Stafford (77), Duncan Nelless (53), John Goodfellow (34)
£100 – Dave Metcalfe (39)
£50 – Eddie Richardson (114)
£30 – Ainslie Knox (57)
£25 – Bernard Scott (31)
£15 – Joe Routledge (32)
£10 – Ray Green (68), Enid Nelless (107), James Metcalf (24), Betsy Richardson (12), Ed Cuthbert (96), Rob Winter (93), James Richfield (109),
March 1
£100 – John Elliott Snr (35)
£50 – Joe Routledge (91)
£30 – Enid Nelless (107)
£25 – James Richfield (109)
£15 – John Price (88)
£10 – Bernard Scott (105), Pooch (69), Jacko (9), Adam Grieve (84), Joe Routledge (56), Charlie Kendall (26), Ainslie Knox (57)
March 2
£100 – David Dickinson (1)
£50 – Nigel Grieve (64)
£30 – Nadine Metcalfe (104)
£25 – Rory Morrison (8)
£15 – Carolyn Samms (106)
£10 – Dave Marshall (94), Tom Woolhead (61), Sam Duckworth (2), Colin Slater (44), Dave Peyton (48), Dave Metcalfe (39), Patrick Kendall (40)
April 1
£100 – Bernard Scott (103)
£50 – Tony Batty (22)
£30 – Nigel Dodds (102)
£25 – Paul Airey (66)
£15 – Carolyn Telford (5)
£10 – Tom Woolhead (61), Adrian Slassor (15), Hutt (54), John Elliott Snr (35), Peter Kirkup (70), Dave Metcalfe (39), Roger Dickinson (20)
April 2
£100 – Will Thornton (13)
£50 – Tom Bramald (17)
£30 – Rob Leiper (83)
£25 – Chris Lishman (41)
£15 – Harry Kennedy (23)
£10 – James Metcalf (24), Michael Beckwith (92), Lisa Watson (115), John Elliott Jnr (67), Stephen Parsons (99), Alfie/Isla Grieve (28), Neville Dickinson (82)

Scoops Slot – Mick LishmanScoops Slot – Mick Lishman


This week’s club member is Mick Lishman

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Scoops Slot – David DickinsonScoops Slot – David Dickinson


This week’s club member is David Dickinson

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Scoops Slot – David PringleScoops Slot – David Pringle


This week’s club member is David Pringle

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Scoops Slot – Duncan & Angus NellessScoops Slot – Duncan & Angus Nelless


This week’s club members are Duncan & Angus Nelless

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Scoops Slot – John RobsonScoops Slot – John Robson


This week’s club member is John Robson

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Norman WisemanNorman Wiseman


It is with great sadness that we have heard of the death on the Feb.4th of Norman Wiseman. Norman had been both a Club Captain and a Club President.

Norman was educated at Gateshead Grammar School and then Hatfield College which was part of the Durham Colleges and Durham University. After leaving Durham he got a post teaching in the Reading area and played his rugby for the Wasps Club.

In September 1960 he became Physics Master at Morpeth Grammar School and began playing rugby for the Morpeth Old Edwardians. In his first season under the captaincy of John Robson he played 31 of the club’s 34 games.

In only his second season at Morpeth he was appointed Club Captain, 1961/2, in what turned out to become the best season that the Club had ever had. The Club lost only 4 games out of 33, scored a record number of tries (110), scored a record number of points (513 when tries were worth only 3 points) and the side were unbeaten until the last week in January.

In his second season as Captain in 1962/3 the rugby programme was marred by the severe winter when there was no rugby from the beginning of December to the beginning of March. The 1st XV only lost 6 of their 22 games and at the end of the season played in the Northumberland Senior Cup Final against the very strong Gosforth side at the old County ground. In the local newspaper on the Monday morning after the final which we lost 0-16, John Pargeter the Rugby correspondent wrote ”with the approval of all who watched I wish to offer a hearty vote of thanks to all 30 players who made the Final such an enjoyable encounter”. At the end of the season Norman organised the Club’s first ever Easter tour to Reading.

Norman played a few games in the 1963/4 season and then retired from playing but continued to be part of the Club – becoming Club President for two years between 1975-1977. He was President when our new Clubhouse was officially opened in Jan.1977.

Norman left Morpeth Grammar School to become Headmaster in Gateshead and then Headmaster at Astley High school in Seaton Delaval. He became a keen golfer at the Alnmouth Foxton Golf Club and enjoyed an outdoor life walking, fishing, and shooting.

The Club sends its condolences to his wife Ros, son David and daughter Catherine.

Scoops Slot – John DungaitScoops Slot – John Dungait


This week’s club member is John Dungait

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Scoops Slot – Peter KirkupScoops Slot – Peter Kirkup


This week’s club member is Peter Kirkup

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Scoops Slot – Duncan HuttonScoops Slot – Duncan Hutton


This week’s club member is Duncan Hutton

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Scoops Slot – John ElliottScoops Slot – John Elliott


This week’s club member is John Elliott

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Scoops Slot – Tony MoodyScoops Slot – Tony Moody


This week’s club member is Tony Moody

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Scoops Slot – Harry KennedyScoops Slot – Harry Kennedy


This week’s club member is Harry Kennedy

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Scoops Slot – Adam Savage Scoops Slot – Adam Savage


This week’s club member is Adam Savage

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Scoops Slot – Ben HornbyScoops Slot – Ben Hornby


This week’s club member is Ben Hornby

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Annual Awards for season 2019-2020Annual Awards for season 2019-2020


George Brown Cup (for a Club Members contribution on/off the field) – The Grieve Family
1st XV Player of the Year (Aztec Cup – in recognition of the work of Peter Kirkup) – Cole Wilson
1st XV Tie (25 games or 80% of competitive games played but a minimum of 20 games in 1 season) – Ian Burnham, Cole Wilson, Bentley Brown
Players Ties (25 games or 80% of games but a minimum of 20 games in 1 season for any Morpeth senior team) – Ryan Watson, Callum Lamb, Steven Long, Aarin Neder, Steve Evans
Club Top Try Scorer (W.G. Hewitt Cup) – Adam Savage
Young Player of the Year (Bill Charlton Memorial Trophy) – Cole Wilson
Reivers Player of the Year (Sam Duckworth Trophy) – Elliott Clark
Edwardians Player of the Year (Bryan Lawrence Memorial Trophy) – Paul Borg
Stags Player of the Year (George Hakin Memorial Trophy) – Peter Joyner
Colts Player of the Year (in recognition of the work of Jimmy Pringle) – Ryan Charlton
Ralph Appleby Salver (for an Under 16s contribution on/off the field) – Jake Hewitt & Will Jobling
Age Grade Coach of the Year (Mike Brunskill Memorial Cup) – Dave Reed

Scoops Slot – Ben SandallScoops Slot – Ben Sandall


This week’s club member is Ben Sandall

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Scoops Slot – Chris LishmanScoops Slot – Chris Lishman


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Scoops Slot – Stephen ParsonsScoops Slot – Stephen Parsons


This week’s club member is Stephen Parsons

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Scoops Slot – Gary StephensonScoops Slot – Gary Stephenson


This week’s club member is Gary Stephenson

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Morpeth RFC Bonfire & Fireworks StatementMorpeth RFC Bonfire & Fireworks Statement


It is with deep regret that due to Covid restrictions Morpeth RFC have made the decision to cancel this year's Bonfire and Fireworks display.

We will hopefully be back next year on Sunday 6th November 2021 bigger and better than before, looking forward to seeing you all then, in the meantime stay safe and take care.

Scoops Slot – Ryan CharltonScoops Slot – Ryan Charlton


This week’s club member is Ryan Charlton

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Scoops Slot - Rob ParkinsonScoops Slot - Rob Parkinson


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Bar Notice: Covid-19 Restrictions UpdateBar Notice: Covid-19 Restrictions Update


Local Restrictions Effective from Midnight 30/09/2020

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Temporary Suspension of Bar ServiceTemporary Suspension of Bar Service


The latest announcements from the Government have introduced further advice on protection from infection that mean we will have to take some additional steps to modify the way things work in the Clubhouse. There are also reports that a year group at Chantry Middle School may have recorded positive incidence(s) and if correct that is likely to impact on one of our Youth Section age groups.

Added to that we have been made aware that, unfortunately, two of our club members have tested positive for Covid-19 though happily neither are reporting severe symptoms. In both cases contact with others at the club was very limited and all the necessary steps have been taken by the individuals concerned to self-isolate and contact NHS Test and Trace.

In view of the above and the very low level of commercial activity currently at the club we have taken the decision to close the clubhouse until Sunday 4 October as a preventative measure. This will allow a break period to protect staff and club members as well as an important pre-booked commitment that is scheduled for Saturday 3 October.

In the meantime Sandra (tel: 07969 317932) will continue to offer a “Take Away” service and our licence also permits “off-sales” that can be arranged with Gary (tel: 07740 161284) at competitive prices.

Apologies for the disruption to service and thanks for your patience.

Bar Committee



It is with great sadness that we have heard of the death of Walter Casey who died in the Freeman Hospital on the morning Sunday 20th September. Walter was introduced to rugby in the late 1950’s at the old Morpeth Grammar school. He was one of a large group of rugby players at that time who went on to play for the then Morpeth Old Edwardian and go on to gain Representative Honours.
Walter played 3 seasons for the Grammar School First XV, played for the Northumberland Schoolboys and had an England School International Trial in 1961. After leaving school he studied at Manchester University where he played for the University as well as the UAU. After college he joined the RAF played for both the RAF and the Combined Services. During his travels in the RAF Walter played Senior Championship Rugby for Eastern Counties and Dorset and Wiltshire as well as playing one County Championship game for Northumberland against Durham in 1965. In 1966 he and a fellow Morpeth player Stuart Reid played at the Scarborough Festival for the North East Counties. One of the many clubs that he played for in his travels was Bath.
Walter’s career at Mitford Road began in 1960 when he was a member of the Club’s Under 18 side that won the Northumberland Under 18 Cup. He first played for the First XV as a schoolboy in 1961 and played his last First XV game in 1976 – continuing to play for the Reivers for 2 more years.
He played for the Club in the Northumberland Senior Cup Final in 1963, played in the Club’s 21st Anniversary match against the County President’s XV in 1967 and when he returned to the North East in 1972 he ended up playing 2 full seasons in 1974 and 1975 including the National Knock Out games against London Irish, Bath and Rosslyn Park. In 1977 Walter organised the first Club Beer Festival where the Snitter Barbarians played their first games.
Club members will remember Walter as a strong running, fierce tackling centre but he was also a very skilful player who began his career at full back and played very successfully in several seven a side tournaments – being a member of the Clubs winning side in 1967 that won the Northumberland County sevens at Close House, Wylam.
Walter’s brother John played for the Club as did his son Liam.
Finally, after his playing career ended, he astonished many of his former playing friends by becoming a Northumberland referee – and he was still refereeing well into his 60’s.

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