1973/74 Playing Record

Date: 25 July 2013

This Autumn sees the 40th anniversary of our move to Lightfoot Green from Lea. In that time probably getting on for 2000 players have appeared in one team or another and we still have a significant number of members who appeared at Lea. In this article we take a look back at the playing record from the first season at Lightfoot Green in 1973/74. Thanks to Club Historian Mike Forshaw for providing us with the information.

1973/74 Playing Record

The playing record for 1973/4 was the worst for ten years, winning just nine games from forty outings drawing one and losing the rest.

378 points were scored with 889 being conceded.

However, things were to get worse before they got better, The following season Hoppers avoided defeat on just six occasions in the 39 games played, scoring just 197 points in the process.

Notable opponents from the first season at Lightfoot Green were long distance away fixtures with Stroud, Lydney,  Oxford and Saracens whilst C.I.Y.M.S. from Belfast were visitors to Hoppers. An Easter tour to South Wales included games with Maesteg, Tredegar and Penarth.

Details of the 40th Birthday Party


To mark the 40th Birthday it is intended to have a Birthday Party on Saturday 14 September 2013 which is the 1st XV’s first home game of the season against Sedgeley Park. The idea is to get as many (ex)players as possible together for a re-union over lunch and to watch the match. It is hoped to put together a photo montage to show on the day which will include all teams and not just the 1st teams over the years. The cost involved is £17.50 which pays for a 3 course meal, admission to the game and a copy of the match programme.

We have started work on assembling lists of potential attendees but need to spread the word as widely as possible and need people to:

  • send the club copies of any pictures (preferably with names and dates) to include in the photo montage. Please email these to john.peterson@pgrfc.co.uk

It is intended to post further details and “Where are they now?” articles over the summer.

Here are some of the photos we have been sent so far!


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