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MEMORY LANE: Early days of Diss Rugby Club




Early days of Diss Rugby Club were remembered after a picture in our Memory Lane feature last month.

Gerald Turner, now of Eye, was one of the players and believes it may have been the first-ever team picture – taken in 1958.

Mr Turner thinks it was taken at the playing field at what was then Diss Secondary Modern School.

It is believed the picture was taken at the playing field at what was then Diss Secondary Modern School.
It is believed the picture was taken at the playing field at what was then Diss Secondary Modern School.

“We played there for a few years before moving to Rectory Meadow for a short while,” he said. “Our final move was to Bellrope Lane, Roydon, where three first-class playing areas have been developed with a very fine clubhouse.

“The second team plays under the name of Diss Saracens after the pub in Mount Street, which was our HQ for the first few years,” he said

He was able to supply all the names but one: Back row, Malcolm Dixon, Gerald Turner, John Alston, Peter Coker, Chris Pursehouse, Jimmy Laurie (of Garboldisham, to avoid confusion with other Lauries), John Thurlow, unknown, Chris Ellis and Robin Wrinch; front row, Michael Gaze, David Whiting, Ben Gaze, Derek Oliver and John Twelvetrees.

Andrew Dickson also recognised his brother, Malcolm, who at the time was farming with their father at Gislingham and now lives at Kettering.

“I’m quite sure it is him because he’s probably the only one not muddy,” he said. Clearly a brotherly-joke there.


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