Clifton Get Clattered

By Malc King

On 15th September 1900, Gloucester started the season with a home win against Clifton by 66-0, with G F Clutterbuck scoring 6 tries, a record number of tries in one match for Gloucester; he was supported by C Smith scoring 2 tries, and J Stephens (grandfather of Eric Stephens) one, out of a total try count of 16.

In the return match at Clifton on 9th February 1901, Gloucester triumphed by 64-3, with Clutterbuck collecting a further 3 tries; this was matched by J Lewis out of a total try count of 14.

Clutterbuck’s record did not last long. The following season, Clifton again travelled to Kingsholm for the first match on 21st September 1901. This time they were humbled 74-0, a score which beat all previous Gloucester records, as did the individual try scoring feat of C Smith with 8 out of a total of 18 tries. Clutterbuck played in this match, but the fickle finger of fate failed to give him a single try.   In the return match on January 11th 1902, Gloucester prevailed by a paltry 20-3, scoring 6 tries; the glut was over.

George Romans did the kicking in all 4 matches, and helped himself to 31 conversions (9/11/10/1 respectively).

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