Memories of Calderdale

Luddenden Valley Sports Club [1949]


Anita Dewhirst

Anita Dewhirst came across this poem about Luddenden Valley Sports Club when she was going through some old papers which belonged to her maternal grandmother, Ada Cox

Sutcliffe at Full Back can sure take a ball,
He's good in defence and makes his man fall,
When after the ball he doesn't take long,
He picks it up clean and never knocks-on.

Webster's a Wing man his first name is Tom,
If the ball's in his hands he doesn't half run,
He takes his chances whenever they come.
And if he gets tackled, well, its all in the fun.

Carrol is a Centre and quite a good player,
When hold of the ball he runs like a hare.
If a try has been scored, he will kick for the goal.
Though he doesn't always get one,
It's such a funny shaped ball.

Hey is the Captain and proud of his team,
When they have a win he doesn't 'alf beam.
Playing as a Centre he does play quite fine,
Always goes forward & makes for the try line.

Taylor is good, he plays on the Wing,
He also can run and his name is Jim.
He never does stumble when taking a pass
And when hold of the ball does sure make a dash.

The Stand-off is next, Emsley is his name,
He gets through the defence and plays a good game.
Thomas as Scrum Half handle the ball well,
His running is grand and his passes are swell.

Next are the Forwards, Sharp is a good fellow,
He goes for his man, he ain't yellow.
He's swell in the pack & uses his weight
Sharp is a prop so his number is eight.

The comes the Hooker, his name is Wood,
When out of the pack he plays very good,
He's out to tackle and get the ball in hand,
But when he starts up, he's like 'Friendly Prize Band'

Next man is Alderson, he is a prop
Doesn't like being tackled, he's such a long way to drop.
When out of the pack, he keeps the defence.
He doesn't play dirty he's got some sense.

Webster is a Forward is name is 'Bert,
He seldom does dirty his Red & White Shirt,
In attack & defence he doesn't get pinned.
Like the rest of his team he isn't tinned.

The next man we come to is Kenneth Harwood,
He plays very well as a Second Row Forward,
In this position he seems quite settled,
He gets lots of bumps, but never gets nettled.

Jennings as Loose Forward is last man of all,
He doesn't stand still when hold of the ball,
When after his man he isn't slow,
And when he gets near, he tackles him low.
 It's such a funny shaped ball.

So that is our Team in White and in Red,
I hope you'll agree with all that I've said,
They all play well in the present position,
There are thirteen players so there's no superstition.

They play in all weather, sun, rain, or snow,
And they have a good support where'er they go.
There are some reserves, who, willing would be,
To get on to the field for a good game of RUGBY.

© Malcolm Bull 2021
Revised 10:26 / 30th May 2021 / 4543

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