Pershore RFC turned 60 bringing together club members for a day of celebrations.

Players of all walks of life took to the field on Saturday ahead of a legends match between Pershore and Dymock Barbarians, which the host came out of as 39-7 victors.

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The club’s first game however came all the way back in September 1962, when a team without even a full set of shirts beat Avonbank College 13-8 away, led onto the pitch by captain Gwyn Butler.

The match came shortly after the Pershore Rugby was officially formed with a proper constitution and its first committee, composed of secretary Keith Robinson, fixtures secretary Ken Rowe, president John Pettifer, treasurer Maurice Mitchell and 19-year-old chairman Roy Hirons.

At the time, many of the clubs members had been playing for the likes of Cheltenham, Worcester, or Evesham Colts and Pershore had very few funds and without a ground to call its home.

Evesham Journal: The Templar final in 1969.The Templar final in 1969.

Today, Pershore prides itself on being one of the most progressive and inclusive clubs around with teams for boys, girls, men and women with players as young as two-years-old and others playing into their 80s.

They also offer a range of disciplines including 15-a-side, sevens, and non-contact touch.

No matter what type of rugby is being played, all teams wear the club’s traditional red and black strip.

The colours were agreed upon when the club was formed in 1962 as scratch sides from Pershore in the 1930s had played in them.

The club’s emblem is still Pershore Abbey.

The badge was born in the early 60s when Abbey officials gave the club much support and even granted permission for the club to mark out its first pitch ecclesiastical ground at the old racecourse on Defford Road in Cornmore.

It wasn’t until 1970, after securing a loan, that the club was able to purchase land off Mill Lane where an area was mowed for a pitch.

Three years later, a clubhouse was erected.

Today, the site boasts three full-sized pitches, a floodlit training area and a modern clubhouse complete with changing room block, a far cry from the room above the bar at the White Horse Hotel which was used in the club’s early days.

By 1964 the club had started drawing in more talented players, including 15-year-old Bill Lyons who went on to play for Moseley, which was at the time a top club for international players.

Bill, and teammate John Clarke, were the first players to play for the County and the North Midlands.

Descendants from the original playing side still represent the club to this day.

Alongside the original committee, some of the most well-remembered Pershore ‘old boys’ include Micky Knott, Roger Wilesmith, Brian Llewellyn, Tony Simpkins, Terry Rose, and Malcolm Healy.

Here’s to another 60 years.