Contributing

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Share your stories about Gloucester Rugby

By Dick Williams

We'd like anything that relates to Gloucester Rugby Club, Gloucestershire Rugby, or International Rugby where Gloucester players have been involved.

Upload your own contributions


You can very easily compose your own contributions for publication on the website. It's really simple to do, and an easy-to-follow training file is available below as a download. When you've read through it, go to "Contribute" on the Main Menu, and zap it to us. Our editors will publish it just as soon as they can.

Players, Non-Players


Have you any information relating to the early players, or to key non-playing members of the Club? Let's not forget the club chairmen, secretaries, treasurers, coaches, physios, groundsmen, tea ladies, programme sellers, mascots, etc.

Did you or one of your family ever play for Gloucester? If so, we certainly want to know!

Reminiscences, Memorabilia


We'd very much welcome your reminiscences, and if you have any memorabilia we can borrow to photograph or scan, we'd like to consider displaying it on the website.

Any memorabilia which relates to the development of Kingsholm, or even before Kingsholm? Any anecdotes that you wish to share with others?

We have uploaded a large number of Match Programmes, but still have significant gaps, especially for Away matches, and for the majority of matches before the late 1970s. We'd love to see these gaps filled, and would welcome the chance to scan them for the website.

Interviews


In some cases an interview with you might be best, and we'll happily arrange it.

New Ideas


Ideas for the further development of the site, especially in areas where we haven't ventured yet; new topics - perhaps something specifically for younger fans?

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This page was added by Dick Williams on 26/08/2009.
Comments about this page

Hi Andy - great to hear from you. If ever you do visit Kingsholm, I'm certain you'd be welcomed as a guest in our Former Players' Bar, opened quite recently, where you can add your signature to our wall-mounted signature board. I'll e-mail you separately about your memorabilia!

By Dick Williams
On 28/11/2013

Hi Guys I was privileged to play 35 Games for Gloucester 1st XV in the 69-70 season after being promoted from the 2nd XV to play against Moseley away. We had many out playing for the county so half of us were promoted, anyway, Moseley must have had 7-8 Internationals playing ( I marked Colin McFadyen, England in the centre...) We beat them away and took their ground record off them (they hadn't been beaten for 2 years at home then !!!!) we all played our heads off ... I do have the original programme in my scrap book ... and many more... not being a computer wiz... I will however try to get all my old photos etc etc together and upload to your Archives. I am also busy trying to do the same for FIELDING and Platt Ltd ( www.fieldingandplatthistory.com ) as it no longer exists and was started by my great great grandfather in 1866. My father (Francis JAMES FIELDING) donated the Rugby goal posts but I told him when I played in 69-70, he should have made them 8 foot higher due to the great boots of Tom Palmer, Eric Stevens and Terry Hopson!! I live in Perth, Western Australia and left Painswick, Glos in '73. I am 63 now and have 2 daughters. My short days at Gloucester RFC were my best days until I buggered my right knee playing away against the Harlequins. I had a very nasty cartlidge/kneecap bone/ligament injury turning off my right leg to tackle the then England full back, Bob Hiller. I remember it like yesterday, I went off as it blew up like a balloon and it ended my Rugby career at just 20... (I am due to have a total right knee replacement operation in the new year...I am fairly crippled now with wear and tear , Arthritis and injury from working away at sea in the Oil and Gas Industry for the last 30 odd years) I had dreams of playing for the County and my ulitimate would have been International trials but such is life! Old mates like John Watkins, Phil Blakeway etc went on to such great things. My best memories were playing briefly with John Bayliss, Mick Burton, Dick Smith, Gary White, Ron Etheridge, Tom Palmer and Eric Stevens, Bob Clewes, etc etc etc and hello to all of them should they ever read this! If I ever get back to the UK I will visit Kingsholm for sure, I wouldn't even recognise it now . Kind Regards. Andrew J.L Fielding.

By Andy Fielding
On 28/11/2013

DEAR MR WILLIAMS, MYSELF AND A COLLEAGUE WERE HAVING A FEW ALES LAST NIGHT, WHEN HE TOLD ME A SMALL STORY. IT TRANSPIRES THAT THE GROUNDSMAN AT CASTLE GRIM WITH A HORSE, MR.HARRY DYKE, IS THE GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER OF MY FRIEND I WAS WITH, AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME HE HAS SEEN A PHOTO OF THE MAN CONCERNED. HE MENTIONED HE WOULD LIKE A PHOTO OF HIM IF HE COULD GET ONE. I WAS WONDERING IF IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO ARRANGE THIS. HIS NAME IS MICHAEL DYKE. IF YOU WANT ANY OTHER DETAILS OF HIS ADDRESS I CAN HELP. MY NAME IS FRANK JOHNSTON AND YOU CAN REACH ME ON 07866456706. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING. FRANK JOHNSTON.

By frank johnston
On 25/07/2012

Thank you sir :)

By scott
On 06/02/2012

Hi Scott - I have now confirmed that we interviewed Ron on 9 Jan and the resulting recording has to be edited, split into digital files of the right length and then uploaded to the website. It's a long job and it's in the queue with other interviews, but I promise you we'll get it completed just as soon as we can.

Dick Williams
Webmaster

By Dick Williams
On 05/02/2012

Where is Ron Etheridge's interview ?

By scott
On 03/02/2012

My grandfather, Fred Lewis-Watkins (1880 - 1925), was born and lived all his life in Clapham, Kingsholm. He was a rugby player. A member of the Lewis-Watkins family does have a rugby medal which he won. I am just enquiring whether it is possible to find out if Fred played for Gloucester. Some years ago I did watch a match at Kingsholm, and had a good look at the old photos of teams which were on show. I seem to remember that there was a player in one (?), L Watkins, which may or may not have been a Lewis-Watkins. Any help you can give me would be gratefully received. Barbara Edmonds

By Barbara Edmonds
On 07/03/2011

Derek - we've not yet completed our researches into all of the players of that era, but have come across a reference to V. Rowles playing two matches as a forward in the 1885/86 season. We'll let you know if we find anything further.

By Dick Williams
On 23/04/2010

My Grandfather's younger brother Victor William Rowles (1867 - 1924) was a Shipbroker & Vice Consul in the Docks. His published obituary states that "He played for Gloucester in the 1880s under H.J.Boughton & later became a member of the Gloucester Rugby Supporters Club. His funeral records "a floral tribute from the Gloucester Rugby Football Club". The family lived close to the Spa for many years. I have never managed to find any other rugby reference to Victor Rowles & am trying to find more. I have been watching & supporting Gloucester since 1945.

By derek rowles
On 22/04/2010

We've moved some suggestions for candidates for additional Player Profiles to a new area specifically for this purpose. Click on "People" and then "Player Profiles", and you'll find it.

By Dick Williams
On 02/12/2009

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