We are sad to report that Martin Scriven died today.

“Scriv”, as he was affectionately known, was one of the most ardent supporters the club had. He arrived at the club in the 1960s as a fullback or wing and had the reputation for coming off the field with a remarkably clean white pair of shorts many times, whatever the weather. Once asked by Clarty how this came about, and had he actually played, his retort was “I may be feckless but I am fearless”.

He was Treasurer from 1973/4 until 1986/87 season and as befits a Chartered Accountant, did …

We are delighted to announce the signing of Ryan Carlson for the 2020/21 season. Ryan is an exciting back row talent who was selected in the Rugby Paper’s N2N team of the season after a string of outstanding performances in a difficult year for Preston Grasshoppers. He is a proud old boy of Pretoria Boys High School, a great SA rugby nursery in Johannesburg which also produced 2007 RWC winning captain John Smit. From school, Ryan progressed to captain the Blue Bulls U19s and then to top Durban club side College Rovers whilst also being involved in the Natal Sharks
Hot on the heels of Adam Howard’s return to the Avenue, we can now announce that Reece Ward will also be returning to Wharfedale next season after a year away at Rotherham Titans in National 1.
 
Reece clocked up 56 games in two previous seasons at the Avenue after joining from Old Brodleians and impressing in the Yorkshire U20’s side. A rock solid prop forward, his Rotherham stint was blighted by injury and Reece is looking forward to getting back on track at Wharfedale.
 
Always popular with supporters and team mates alike, we are delighted to welcome Reece
As we look forward to the start of training next week, we can announce that Adam Howard is returning to Wharfedale for the new season after three seasons over the border at Preston Grasshoppers.
 
Always a firm favourite with the supporters, Adam’s ability to play in all three rows of the scrum plus his powerful running and uncompromising tackling will be a great addition to the squad and we are delighted to welcome him back to the Avenue.
The club would like to offer its congratulations to committee member, long-term Wharfedale stalwart and Malhamdale farmer Neil Heseltine on his election as chair of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. This is a vital role in our community and Neil’s election has been widely welcomed.The YDNPA announcement can be read at https://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/local-farmer-to-lead-national-park-authority/
 
Neil was a key member of the Wharfedale sides that rose through the leagues in the 1990’s, making his 1st XV debut in 1989 against Wigan in North 2, signing off 170 games and three promotions later in 2002 against Orrell in National 2. He is
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