Paul Futers is a legend of The 1014 Rugby community, of that there is no doubt.

His comments on YouTube, first masquerading under the guise of his wife’s account, and more recently as a combined account, are excellent. His insights into rugby and Scottish rugby, in particular, are always appreciated. But mostly it is the tone of the comments; always fitting in with the five values of World Rugby.

A little while back Paul sent us a message outlining two things:
1. That he would be sending us through a Westoe RFC jersey to adorn The Shed
2. He wanted to test our mettle and see if we could answer a question about Westoe RFC. The question was along the lines of What is the link between Westoe RFC, Twickenham and the All Blacks?

The following is a photo of the wonderful jersey, Paul’s son’s first Westoe RFC shirt. And of course, the letter that accompanied the parcel.

Westoe RFC jersey and note
Westoe RFC jersey and note

The Note

The following is an extract of the note that accompanied the jersey.

Dear Steven and Gareth,
Please find enclosed my son’s 1st Westoe shirt.
A few weeks ago I asked Steven if he could find the link between Westoe RFC, the All Blacks and Twickenham.

The answer to this is Freddie E Chapman


F.E. Chapman was the youngest of 4 brothers to play for Westoe and is the only player from the club listed on the Lions website. In 1908 he toured Australia and New Zealand with them and played against the All Blacks in the 3rd Test.

Two years later he played for England in the 1st international game to be played at Twickenham. He scored the 1st try, penalty and conversion in that game against Wales.

I managed to get the fact he played against the All Blacks, but the incredible achievement at Twickenham evaded my powers of research. Thanks a lot for getting this through to us Paul. What a great story from the club.

The Club

Reviewing both the club website and Wiki page one gets the feeling this is a club steeped in tradition and at home amongst the community.

The reference to a historical seafaring influence on the wiki page almost certainly explains part of the crest on the jersey. And any club that has the following statement on the front page of their site is one you should be supporting and getting involved with.

A warm welcome from the South Shields Westoe RFC Family.
We are the Principal Rugby Club in South Tyneside.
Everyone is welcome to join our club from Under 6 – Veterans.

 
The club also has a well followed Twitter feed. Give them a follow on Twitter and if you are in the area and looking for a club then they might just be the one for you.

The Jersey Presentation

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Author: Steven Prescott

I am a total sports fanatic; it is as simple as that. I love all sports, and when I’m not sitting at my computer living my dream with The 1014, I am planning adventures. The last time I did this I ended up convincing my wife to cycle 26,125km across three continents, and 22 countries with me as part of the Pedalling Prescotts.

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