Please sup­port Com­bi­na­tion’s day

Gloucestershire Echo - - DEACS WEEK -

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ON Satur­day, May 18 a gran­ite stone will be un­veiled on the Me­mo­rial Ground in Tuf­fley Av­enue, ded­i­cated to the memory of the lo­cal rugby players who left to serve their coun­try and gave their lives

The cer­e­mony of ded­i­ca­tion and bless­ing by the Bishop of Tewkes­bury, the Rt Revd Robert Springett is at noon, fol­lowed by two games.

The first at 1pm be­tween The Cherry Pick­ers and a Com­bi­na­tion side then at 3pm Wid­den Old Boys face Old Cryp­tians.

The day will be a cel­e­bra­tion of the Me­mo­rial Ground and how it came into ex­is­tence. It is now home to two great clubs, Old Cryp­tians and Wid­den Old Boys.

I must men­tion two peo­ple with­out whom this mon­u­ment would never have been erected: Andy Payne, the Glouces­ter Com­bi­na­tion trea­surer and Dave Booth, a for­mer chair­man.

They have worked tire­lessly to make this hap­pen. I urge the rugby fam­ily to sup­port this great event.

TWO North Glouces­ter­shire clubs played pro­mo­tion play-off games last week­end.

After a fly­ing start Old Cents could not con­tain a strong Launce­s­ton side, who went on to vic­tory.

This sea­son’s cam­paign for the Pain­swick Road side could get bet­ter if they beat their old foes Mat­son and win the Com­bi­na­tion Se­nior Cup.

Both clubs are also fight­ing for the Ju­nior and Glanville Cups, at what should be a crack­ing fi­nals day at King­sholm.

Fair­ford beat Bream in a nail-biter of a game to move up to Glouces­ter­shire One, which will give us a crack­ing lo­cal derby against my boys at Cirences­ter.

Fair­ford have come a long way in a short time after nearly go­ing out of busi­ness not so long ago.

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Andy Dea­con re­ceives the Pow­er­gen Cup tro­phy after Glouces­ter beat Northamp­ton Saints at Twick­en­ham on April 5, 2003

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