85-year-old rugby matchday programme is discovered in Sidmouth hotel

PUBLISHED: 19:30 27 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:33 01 March 2017

Sidmouth RFC's Lester Willmington accepts the programme dating from 1932 from Andy Argyle from the Sidmouth Town Football Club. Ref: Archant5474 100217 SRFC

Sidmouth RFC's Lester Willmington accepts the programme dating from 1932 from Andy Argyle from the Sidmouth Town Football Club. Ref: Archant5474 100217 SRFC

Simon Horn

Historic memento is presented to Sidmouth Rugby Club

The Duke of Connaught meeting the players.The Duke of Connaught meeting the players.

An historic rugby match-day programme, which featured a visit from the Duke of Connaught, has been discovered at a Sidmouth hotel.

The Royal York and Faulkner Hotel found the keepsake, which dates back to a match in Sidmouth in 1932 attended by Queen Victoria’s son.

The hotel initially gave the souvenir to Sidmouth Town Football Club, believing it to be a football programme.

Andy Argyle, development officer for the football club, presented the framed programme to rugby club chairman Lester Willmington.

The team that lined up for the match: Standing: George Bolt (Secretary), G Thomas, J Mills, ES Smith, H Davey, Bingley Pullin (President), A Pike, P Fitzgerald, F Ellis, Tommy Fitzgerald (Chairman)
2nd Row: G Carter, E Channing, R Blake, B Welsman, E Pyne, W Turner
Sitting: W Harris, G Knapp (Capt).
Bingley Pullin was the founder of the Club in 1884.The team that lined up for the match: Standing: George Bolt (Secretary), G Thomas, J Mills, ES Smith, H Davey, Bingley Pullin (President), A Pike, P Fitzgerald, F Ellis, Tommy Fitzgerald (Chairman) 2nd Row: G Carter, E Channing, R Blake, B Welsman, E Pyne, W Turner Sitting: W Harris, G Knapp (Capt). Bingley Pullin was the founder of the Club in 1884.

Mr Argyle said it was nice to present the piece of history ‘from the round ball to the oval ball’.

Terry O’Brien, secretary of the rugby club, said: “The Duke of Connaught’s visit was the first time a member of the royal family attended a rugby match other than at Twickenham.”


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