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30 Years of Rugby at NULS

Head of Rugby, Simon Robson hosted a Celebration of his 30 Years of Rugby at NULS on Saturday 11 May 2019.

Pictured: England Rugby Player & Former Pupil Dan Robson saying a few words at the event
Pictured: England Rugby Player & Former Pupil Dan Robson saying a few words at the event
15 May 2019
School News
In his last term at the School, Head of Rugby, Simon Robson hosted a Celebration of his 30 Years of Rugby at NULS on Saturday 11 May 2019. Players, parents and staff from Simon's three decades at the School attended. A great evening was had by all and over £6000 was raised for the School's chosen charity for this year, the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

Mr Robson said it was a memorable evening spent reflecting on his time at the School, with a great cross section of attendees from all three decades, and said it was "a privilege to be presented with my son Dan's first England shirt". He told the tale that Dan Robson is actually the second Former Pupil of the School to play for England, but the first to be selected, as Arnold Alcock accidentally received someone else's invitation to play in 1906. The biography of Lancelot Slocock mentions the luck of Arnold Alcock, who gained a cap for England in 1906, at Crystal Palace, London, due to a clerical error. Slocock had actually been intended to play. 

Simon is quoted as saying "There is no doubt that we have been successful over the years but rugby offers so much more and it is a testimony to that fact we have got so many ex-players and parents here tonight. My thanks go to Tosh Askew who gave me the job in the first place - or rather he told Bill Donaldson to give me the job! Tosh and I have had a good reminisce over the past couple of weeks. My thanks also go to Graham Jones and Wendy Butler as we have delved through the archives. My thanks also to Bridgett Birch in accounts who has coordinated all the tickets and monies. One thing I do know is that rugby at NULS is in safe hands. Craig Wilson, who has been employed for the past 15 years as a coach, will be taking over from me. I am sure he will get the same excitement, heartache, excuses, enthusiasm, and memories as I have been privileged to share over the past 30 years."


Pictured: Dan presenting his Dad with his First England shirt.


Newcastle-under-Lyme School would like to thank the following for their help towards this dinner. Mr G. Jones, Ms W. Butler, Mr G. Barr, Dan Robson, Kukri Sports, Portmeirion Pottery, Paragon Pubs.

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