Saturday 25 January - 1st XV v Sheffield Tigers (A) KO 2.00pm -- Foresters v Blaydon (H) KO 2.00pm -- Dev XV v West Leeds (H) KO 2.00pm -- Rams v Kirkby Lonsdale (A) KO 2.00pm ----

After many years service our very own Gordon Brown has retired from the Barbarians committee. During his time with the Barbarians he was Honorary Treasurer for 10 years and Honorary Secretary for 5 years. He incorporated the club and set up its charity, the Barbarians Rugby Charitable Trust, which since its establishment has donated over £250,000 to rugby-related and other causes.

Gordon is shown here at the time of his retirement with Welsh legend and three times Lions player Derek Quinnell who was the player who made the final pass to Gareth Edwards for THAT try.…

When Clarty stepped down as Chairman of Rugby at the end of last season, we undertook a collection by way of testimonial for his remarkable services to the club. A silver salver was commissioned to recognise 35 years as Chairman of Rugby and a sum of money raised to send him and Christine on a well-deserved holiday. This was just before his serious accident in May, from which he is now recovering.

Here is Michael with the salver which was to be presented to him at the club dinner which he couldn’t attend as it took place the day after …

We have now launched an online shop for the purchase of all Gilbert-branded playing/training kit for mini, junior and adults, including a range of Gilbert branded bodywarmers and outerwear. This is now available online 24/7 with quick delivery times so you can shop from the comfort of your home. All purchases will generate commission for the club. Please visit www.Gilbertrugbyshop.co.uk/WharfedaleRUFC for more details.

As this is a new venture, we are keen to get feedback on service levels, delivery times and the range of stock on offer. Please let us know what you think by e-mail to shop@wharfedalerufc.co.uk.

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The NCA have recently interviewed Phil Woodhead about his experiences last season, playing for Leicester Tigers in the Premiership 7s and his hopes for the future.

The article on the NCA web-site is available by clicking here

Wharfedale scrum-half, pocket rocket Philip Woodhead, had a very good excuse for missing last Saturday’s training: he was guesting once again for Leicester Tigers in the Premiership Sevens at Northampton, playing in every one of their matches on Friday and Saturday.

Unfortunately his team were called upon to do much less attacking than defending, and it was in that department that Woody excelled. This comes from the Tigers’ website: ‘Phil Woodhead produced a superb try-saving tackle on the ankles of Sarries skipper Joel Conlon to keep Tigers in the game as the clock ticked down.’…

Two of Wharfedale’s longest-serving members have been honoured at the Yorkshire Rugby Awards Dinner.

Chris Baker received the Club Volunteer Award for his services to the club over many decades as player, Chairman, car park attendant, scoreboard operator and anything else that needed doing.

The top honour, the President’s Award, went to Michael Harrison, player, coach, Director of Rugby and synonym for Wharfedale since his schooldays, when as an Ermysted’s pupil he captained the England Schools side. The photograph shows Past President of Yorkshire and Wharfedale member Gordon Brown receiving the presentation on behalf of ‘Clarty’, who is recovering from …

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