Pre-Season 2016 – 17

A message from Roger Whitfield -Vice Chairman & Hon Fixtures Secretary

Having taken over the as Hon Fixture Secretary two seasons ago from Mike Edwards whom held the position for more than 30 Years, it has been both an interesting and rewarding position to hold at the Cheltenham Rugby Football Club.

Handling the basic league fixtures, that are produced by the Rugby Football Union, and ensuring times, dates and colours are all correct, along with directions, team sheets for programmes both Home & Away are my normal responsibilities. Arranging additional matches in the 1st XV fixture list from pre-season, County Cup, Combination Cup and keeping everybody happy is a little more challenging.

The re launch of the United side who played 13 matches this season has been very rewarding, these fixtures are found via three fixture exchanges and studying the Gloucestershire Referee appointment lists and ensuring the right level of game can be arranged; there is little point being on the receiving end of a 70 point defeat or even handing one out!

I am sure more fixtures would have been arranged but for the World Cup and the horrendous weather that we have experienced, where some fixtures were lost because of unfit pitches. As we look to develop our Colts, I have also been assisting Jon Bradshaw with Colts fixtures and referee’ appointments.

As we look to next season, pre- season has already been arranged for the 1st XV, with matches on consecutive Saturdays from the 13th August, involving two Home matches against teams from Northern Ireland and Wales, and an away fixture to local opposition.

Pre-Season 2016 – 17

  • 13th August – CIYMS 1st XV – Home (Team from Northern Ireland)
  • 20th August – Evesham 1st XV – Away
  • 27th August – Worcester Wanderers 1st XV – Home

My other position as Vice Chairman, is to support the Chairman Steve Ratcliffe and The President David Townsend OBE in all aspects of club affairs and also attend as many games as possible both Home & Away and offer advise should anybody need it!