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5th Team/Vets

 

After a lay off of two seasons Sandbach Vets are back in action, led by ex first team captain Dave "Bails" Bailey, the Vets are Sandbach's only social side, and this season are hoping to play at least once a month. Anyone interested in playing or organising a fixture should contact Dave or the Club.

For nearly 30 years Sandbach RUFC has fielded a 5ths/ Vets the first season was 1979/80, when the then Club Chairman John Cooper praised John Vinden for regularly fielding a 5th team.

On the success of the 5th team In 1986 Sandbach were able to field a 6th team which lost to Congleton 4ths 14-25. Several years later after some sterling work by current Club President Keith Jones and Keith Burrows in attracting new players to the sport, Sandbach were able to regularly field  6 teams for three season from 1992

Since 1979 a series of Club Stalwarts have had the auspicious title of 5th team Captain: The late Mike Huntbach, Roger Amess, Chris “Pop” Allen, Clive Holland, Rob “Doctor” Dobson, Paul “Ping” Ingham, Graham “Craven A” Hockenhall, Chris Steel, Brian “Steep” Hill, Richard Horton. 

Playing as Sandbach Vets: Roger Bradley, Steve “Trunky” Reeves, and Robin Pipe.

 

Since 2000 the Club has struggled to raise a 5ths/Vets side and for three season's they played as "Mel's Marauders2 manager by Mel Barber, and with some success as "Matt's Debaters" managed by ex Club Chairman Matt Alton. "Marky" Mark Smith had some success in raising a side but struggled to get fixtures, hopefully this season Dave Bailey will have more success, as the 5ths/Vets is an ideal way for older more mature players who still want toplay to continue thier rugby carear.

 

Below are the known playing records

 

 PWDLForAgs't
1979/19808314106135
1981/198262047881
1982/19831000811
1983/19842511113330267
1984/1985191504312174
1985/1986241815442153
1986/198715816269214
1987/19882911216329431
1988/19899306120173
1990/1992218112242351
1997/199816317  
1999/2000231904251278
2000/2001151203269145
2001/20021100560
2002/200321014316
2003/200431024235
2004/200511002215
2005/2006 22 0 0 79 10 

 

 

Fixtures & Results
Acceptable Icon04/09/1999 Sandbach 26 - Macclesfield 8
Acceptable Icon11/09/1999 West Park 14 - Sandbach 27
Acceptable Icon18/09/1999 Sandbach 15 - Wilmslow 13
Acceptable Icon25/09/1999 Sandbach 23 - Chester 10
Acceptable Icon09/10/1999 Sandbach 24 - Whitchurch 10
Acceptable Icon16/10/1999 Macclesfield 10 - Sandbach 17
Unacceptable Icon30/10/1999 Sandbach 15 - Manchester 34
Acceptable Icon13/11/1999 Sandbach 24 - Heaton Moor 5
Acceptable Icon20/11/1999 Trentham 0 - Sandbach 14
Acceptable Icon27/11/1999 Newcastle-under-Lyme 5 - Sandbach 22
Acceptable Icon04/12/1999 Oldham 8 - Sandbach 15
Acceptable Icon11/12/1999 Prenton 11 - Sandbach 33
Unacceptable Icon18/12/1999 Sandbach 6 - Newcastle-under-Lyme 17
Unacceptable Icon15/01/2000 Manchester 21 - Sandbach 0
Acceptable Icon22/01/2000 Leek 15 - Sandbach 31
Acceptable Icon29/01/2000 Wilmslow 7 - Sandbach 41
12/02/2000 Sandbach v Oldham - Postponed
19/02/2000 Stockport v Sandbach - Postponed
Unacceptable Icon26/02/2000 Sandbach 10 - Wilmslow 18
04/03/2000 Sandbach v Trentham - Postponed
Acceptable Icon11/03/2000 Sandbach 32 - Newcastle-under-Lyme 5
Acceptable Icon18/03/2000 Chester 0 - Sandbach 27
Acceptable Icon25/03/2000 Sandbach 43 - Crewe & Nantwich 0
Acceptable Icon08/04/2000 Colwyn Bay 21 - Sandbach 45
15/04/2000 Sandbach v Chester - Postponed
22/04/2000 Sandbach v Crewe & Nantwich - Postponed
Acceptable Icon29/04/2000 Sandbach 39 - Winnington Park 19
 
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