Tuesday 30 August 2011

What happened to Tadcaster?

Tadcaster has a population of over 7,000, a secondary school that plays rugby, but no rugby club. That hasn't always been the case as there was a rugby club in Tadcaster in the 1930s and again in the 1960s. The Second World War does not appear to have been a factor in the demise of the club in the 1930s as it disappeared before 1939. What happened in the 1960s? I recall playing against Tadcaster in the 1960s when they played their home games at Auster Bank, a ground with changing rooms close to the A64. Tadcaster had a competitive team and games against them were always tough. They had a decent fixture list with games against a number of Leeds clubs including Moortown, Modernians and my club Leeds Chirons.

1968/69 Fixture List

A club in Tadcaster does not really have competition from neighbouring clubs, as the nearest I can find is over seven miles away in Wetherby, so the loss of players to a neighbouring club does not seem a likely reason. I am sure there are people still living in Tadcaster who were involved with the club in the 60s and know why it disappeared. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who can tell me what happened to Tadcaster Rugby Union Club.

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