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Thornbury RFC History Project

Thornbury RFC is planning to publish a book tracing its history back to its foundation in 1963 and beyond.  They are, therefore, currently looking for help from any local clubs which hold records of matches with Thornbury.

Club Secretary, Dave Fox, who has acquired the honorary role of Club Historian, is researching the club and has already discovered that the current club is actually its third incarnation.  A club was founded in 1880 and played in the grounds of Thornbury Castle, but folded after a few seasons, only to reform in the late 1880s before folding for a second time a year or two later.

Research into the current club is going very well but there are inevitable gaps in the information.  Missing details of team selection and scorers from the early 1970s are a particular frustration, as are fixtures, results and scorers from pre-season matches plus games on tour.  With the local Gazette the primary source of information, much of the newspaper’s archive was unfortunately destroyed recently and much valuable information was lost.

The intention is to publish “when complete”, or as complete as it can be, rather than put a specific timescale on the project, but any useful information would be greatly appreciated.

So, if anyone has match records, programmes, reports, photographs, etc, involving Thornbury, Dave Fox would be grateful for any help.  He can be contacted on 07500 335223 or email:


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