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Oakham School Archives

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Maximilian Aldred

(27th October 1879 – 24th May 1970)

 

Life at Oakham

Maximilian was born in Sheffield. He attended Oakham School from 1894 to 1899. His achievements at school are listed below:

  • Cricket 2nd XI: Summer 1895; Summer 1896.
  • Cricket 1st XI: Summer 1896; Summer 1897; Summer 1898; Captain – Summer 1899.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1897 - Maximilian is standing third from the right.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1898 - Maximilian is sat on a chair on the far right.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1899 - Maximilian is sat on a chair in the centre.

  • Swimming long dive: joint 1st place – Winter 1895.
  • Rugby W. Yiend, Esq’s XV: Winter 1895.
  • Rugby 1st XV: Winter 1895; Winter 1896; Vice-Captain - Winter 1897; Captain and awarded Colours – Winter 1898.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1895 - Maximilian is standing second from the left.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1896 - Maximilian is sat on a chair on the far left.

  • Boxing: Spring 1896 – Spring 1897 – Spring 1898.
  • The Mile: won the Mile Challenge Cup – Summer 1898.
  • Place kick: 1st place – Summer 1898.
  • High jump (open): 2nd place – Summer 1898.
  • Paper Chase: a hare in the long course of Hambleton, Normanton and Empingham – Winter 1898.

 

  • Royal Drawing Society Examination: Division II (pass) – Winter 1895; Division III (honours) – Winter 1896.
  • Confirmation by the Right Reverend Bishop Mitchinson: Spring 1896.
  • Form 3 French and English Prizes: Summer 1986.
  • Trustees’ Prize for History and Geography: Winter 1896.
  • Form 4 French Prize: Summer 1898.
  • House Prefect: Winter 1897 - .Summer 1899.
  • Athletics Committee of Management: Summer 1899.

 

  • Music: singing and playing the flageolet in the orchestra – Summer 1898.

Oakham School Magazine Reviews

Spring 1896 Rugby review: “an improving forward, who has taken the trouble to learn the game.” (Character of the XV)

Spring 1897 Rugby review: “improved greatly since last season. Very useful out of touch, and dribbles well.” (Character of the XV)

Winter 1897 Cricket review: “a useful slow bowler, who is never afraid o keeping them well up; a painstaking bat.” (Character of the XI)

Spring 1898 Rugby review: “a very good second to Levien (Capt) – uses his feet well; good place kick.” (Character of the XV)

Winter 1898 Cricket review: “a good slow bowler with a natural break from the leg; a by no means elegant bat, but generally good for some runs; good field in front of the wicket.” (Character of the XI)

Spring 1899 Rugby review: “first-class forward who works hard from start to finish; a good kick and an admirable captain.” (Character of the XV)

Winter 1899 Cricket review: “a most useful all-round cricketer; an excellent slow bowler and effective bat, a great success as captain.” (Character of the XI)

 

After Oakham

During the 1898 Christmas holidays, Maximilian started playing for Leicester R.F.C., while still at school. After leaving Oakham, he played several times for the Midlands Counties and Exeter. He returned to school in the Winter term 1900 to play in the OO Rugby XV against the school 1st XV. Then later in the Summer term 1901, he played cricket in the Horncastle United XI against the school 1st XI on Doncaster Close.

Maximilian left to New Zealand in summer 1901 and became a farmer. There is a record of Maximilian marrying Emily Ethel Gray on 19th June 1903 at Macova, Auckland. They later had two children: Maxwell Henry, born on 22nd March 1905, and Alice Constance, born on 29th January 1907. He began his army service on 14th July 1915 and fought in the First World War in Egypt, Sinai, the Battle of Romani, Rafa and South Africa. He was invalided home from Suez on 07th March 1917 and was discharged on 09th August 1917.

Maximilian died in Auckland on 24th May 1970.

Eric Allen Sweatman

(4th December 1905 - 1979)

Eric was the son of Sidney Edward Sweatman, Housemaster of Junior House (1916 to 1936).

Life at Oakham

Eric attended Oakham School from Winter 1916 to Summer 1918 in Junior House. His achievements at school are listed below:

  • 100 yards (under 12): 1st place (15sec) – Summer 1916; Summer 1917.
  • 100 yards handicap (under 13): 1st place (13sec) – Summer 1916.
  • 220 yards handicap (under 12): 3rd place – Summer 1917.
  • 220 yards handicap (under 15): 2nd place – Summer 1918.
  • 100 yards (under 13): 2nd place – Summer 1918.
  • Cricket under 14: Summer 1916.
  • Rugby under 14: Winter 1917.

 

  • Royal Drawing Society Examination: Division II (pass) – Summer 1917.

 

After Oakham

Eric moved to Rugby School in 1918 and went to study at Brasenose College, Oxford. He won his Rugby Blue in 1927. He later joined the Colonial Service and became an Administrator in Zanzibar. He worked as District Officer of the North Kavirondo District, Nyanza Province from April 1937. In 1941, he was promoted to District Commissioner, Voi, Coast Province. He was announced Officer in Charge in the Masai Extra Provincial District in August 1947. In July 1953, he received orders to become Provincial Commissioner of the Southern Province. He later returned to the United Kingdom where he settled in Corner Cottage, St Margaret's Bay. Dover.

Henry Peters Tyler

(5th April 1907 - 16th September 1960)

Life at Oakham

Henry was at Oakham School from Winter 1920 to Spring 1924. He was a boarder in Wharflands House.

  • Rugby under 14: at full back - Winter 1920.
  • Rugby 1st XV: Winter 1921; Winter 1922; Winter 1923.
  • Fives: won the Junior Cup – Winter 1920; won the Senior Cup – Spring 1923.
  • Boxing: won the Bantamweight competition – Spring 1921; won the Lightweight competition – Spring 1923.
  • Senior Steeplechase: 3rd place – Spring 1923.
  • High jump (junior): 2nd place – Spring 1923.
  • Long jump (junior): 1st place (15 feet 81/2 inches) – Spring 1923.
  • Quarter-Mile (junior): 2nd place – Spring 1923.
  • Swimming two lengths (open): 1st place – Summer 1923.
  • Diving (open): joint 1st place – Summer 1923.
  • Swimming six lengths (open): 1st place – Summer 1923.
  • Cricket 1st XI: Summer 1923.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1923 - Henry is sat at the front on the right.

  • Honorary Secretary to the Games’ Committee: Winter 1922 – Summer 1923.
  • Prefect: Summer 1923.
  • School Certificates: obtained six Passes with Credit at the Oxford and Cambridge Board Certificate Examination – Summer 1923.
  • Form 5 Maths Prize: Summer 1923.

 

  • O.T.C.: Lance Corporal – Summer 1923; Certificate ‘A’ – Winter 1923.

Oakham School Magazine Reviews

Oakham School Magazine Spring 1922: “with experience should train on into quite an efficient three-quarter; has some idea of cutting through, nut too apt to take his passes standing still. Is still young.” (Character of the XV)

Oakham School Magazine Spring 1923: “as done well at full back; tackles resolutely and kicks well; at present by no means faultless in fielding the ball.” (Character of the XV)

Oakham School Magazine Winter 1923: “a painstaking cricketer, who wants experience and confidence. A very fair field.” (Character of the XI)

Oakham School Magazine Spring 1924: “always to be depended upon as a centre three-quarter, though his handling was sometimes at fault. A sure tackler and a good all round kick.” (Character of the XV)

 

After Oakham

Henry returned to Oakham School to play in various Old Oakhamian sports teams. In the Winter term 1924, he played in the OO XV and in E.F. Pickering-Clarke's XV against the school 1st XV. A year later, he came back with Pickering-Clarke's team. He is recorded as a regular rugby player with Leicester R.F.C. from 1927 to 1930.

In 1930, Henry passed the Final Examination for Chartered Accountants and later became Managing Director of HP Tyler LTD. He married Phyllis Mary and they had a son on 3rd January 1932 and a daughter on 24th April 1934. He remained close to the OO community, becoming a member of the OO Golfing Society.

Jeffrey Thomas Hardwicke

(24th April 1910 - 19th October 1973)

 

Life at Oakham

Jeffrey attended Oakham School from Spring 1924 to Summer 1927. He was a boarder in Wharflands House.

  • Form 3 Mathematics and Science Prizes: Summer 1924.
  • Form 3 English Prize: Summer 1924.
  • Upper Form 4 Latin Prize: Summer 1925.
  • Lower Form 4 Trustees’ Prize: Summer 1925.

 

  • Rugby 2nd XV: Winter 1925.
  • Rugby 1st XV: Winter 1926.
  • High Jump (open): 1st place (5ft)  – Spring 1927.
  • 120 yards hurdles (open): 2nd place – Spring 1927.
  • Cricket 2nd XI: awarded Colours – Summer 1927.
  • Cricket 1st XI: Summer 1927.

 

  • O.T.C: Certificate ‘A’ – Spring 1927.

 

After Oakham

In the Winter term 1930, Jeffrey played rugby in E.F. Pickering-Clarke's XV against the school. He appeared regularly for Leicester R.F.C. in the 1930-1931 season. He was even selected in two England trials in 1931. Jeffrey was a member of the Midlands XV team that beat the touring South African team in 1931 (their only defeat of the tour!). He returned to school in the Winter term 1933 to play rugby in the Nottingham OO's XV against the school 1st XV. That same year, he also played for Leicestershire.

Jeffrey had at career with the Midland Bank in Leicester. He served as Lieutenant during the Second World War and was posted in Africa and Germany.

John George "Jack" Ettridge

(18th May 1912 – 7th March 1997)

 

Life at Oakham

Jack was a Day Boy at Oakham School from Winter 1924 to Spring 1929. His achievements at school are listed below:

  • Rugby under 14: Winter 1925.
  • Rugby 1st XV: Colours - Winter 1927.
  • Quarter-Mile (junior): 3rd place – Spring 1927; 2nd place – Spring 1928.
  • Half- Mile (junior): 1st place (2min 34sec) – Spring 1928.
  • House Relay Race (Division II): ran in the winning Day Boys team – Spring 1928.

Oakham School Magazine Reviews

Oakham School Magazine Spring 1928: “a greatly improved centre; quick of the mark; very useful in defence, where his picking up and short kicks to touch have been invaluable.” (Character of the XV)

Oakham School Magazine Spring 1929: “(three-quarter) adapted himself well to the wing three-quarter position, but was too selfish as an inside. A good kick and safe tackler. He has some idea of a swerve and is quick off the mark.” (Character of the XV)

 

After Oakham

Jack played rugby for Leicestershire County in the 1930-1931 season. He played for the Leicester R.F.C. from 1932 to 1935. He worked in a hosiery company and served in the Second World War in France and Belgium in 1944 (after the D-Day landings).

James Alexander Simpson "Jack" Taylor

(19th June 1917 – 16th May 1993)

 

Life at Oakham

Jack attended Oakham School from 1927 to 1935. He was in Junior House, and then moved to Wharflands House. His achievements at school are listed below:

  • 100 yards (under 11): 1st place (151/5 sec) – Spring 1928.
  • 220 yards (under 11) handicap: 3rd place – Spring 1928.
  • 220 yards (under 14) handicap: 2nd place – Spring 1928; 3rd place – Spring 1930.
  • 100 yards (under 14) handicap: 2nd place – Spring 1929; 3rd place – Spring 1930.
  • Steeplechase (junior): Spring 1932.
  • Quarter-Mile (junior): 2nd place – Spring 1932; 3rd place – Spring 1933.
  • Drop kicking: 1st place – Spring 1932.
  • 100 yards (junior): 2nd place – Spring 1933.
  • Long jump (junior): 3rd place – Spring 1933.
  • 220 yards (junior): 2nd place – Spring 1933.
  • High jump (junior): 2nd place – Spring 1933.
  • Steeplechase (senior): 8th place – Spring 1934; 8th place – Spring 1935.
  • Steeplechase: 15th place in the match against Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge – Spring 1934; 6th place in the match against Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge – Spring 1935.
  • Half-Mile (senior): 2nd place – Spring 1934.
  • Long jump (senior): 3rd place – Spring 1934; 2nd place – Spring 1935.
  • Putting the weight: 1st place (32 ft) – Spring 1934; 1st place (33ft 5ins) – Spring 1935.
  • Throwing the Cricket Ball: 2nd place – Spring 1934.
  • 100 yards (senior): 3rd place – Spring 1935.
  • Cricket under 14 XI: Captain – Summer 1929; Captain & awarded Colours - Summer 1930; Captain - Summer 1931.
  • Cricket 2nd XI: awarded Colours – Summer 1931.
  • Cricket 1st XI: Summer 1931; Summer 1932; Summer 1933; Summer 1934; Captain – Summer 1935.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1931 - Jack is sat at the front on the left.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1932 - Jack is standing on the far left.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1933 - Jack is sat on a chair on the far left.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1934 - Jack is sat on a chair on the far left.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1935 - Jack is sat in the centre.

  • Rugby under 14 XV: Captain – Winter 1930.
  • Rugby 1st XV: Winter 1932; Winter 1933; Captain – Winter 1934.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1932 - Jack is sat at the front on the left.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1933 - Jack is sat second from the left.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1934 - Jack is sat in the centre.

  • Fives: won the Junior Bowl with H.P. Gilman – Spring 1932; won the Senior Cup with C.A.P. Winser – Spring 1932; - Winter 1933.
  • Boxing: won his heavyweight match against School House – Winter 1932; Captain – Winter 1933 – Summer 1935.
  • Hockey: Spring 1935.
  • Running: awarded Colours – Spring 1934.

 

  • Form 2 Arithmetic Prize: Summer 1928.
  • Waite Memorial Prize: Summer 1932.
  • Form 5 Trustees' Prize: Winter 1931.
  • Dr Wood’s Memorial Prize, Classics: Summer 1935.
  • Higher Certificates in Latin, Greek and French: Summer 1935.

 

  • Games’ Committee: Winter 1933 – Summer 1935.
  • Prefect: Summer 1934.
  • Head Prefect: Winter 1934 – Summer 1935.

 

  • Music: played the oboe in the Christmas concert – Winter 1929; played the oboe in the Speech Day Concert: Summer 1933.
  • C.C.F.: promoted to Corporal – Winter 1933; gained his Certificate ‘A’ – Winter 1933; promoted to Sergeant – Summer 1934; won the platoon Competition for the Blair Shield, leading No.1 Platoon – Summer 1935.

The C.C.F. - Jack is second from the left.

  • Debating Society: Winter 1933.
  • Chapel: read a lesson in the Easter Service – Spring 1935.

Jack (second from left) at school.

Oakham School Magazine Review

Spring 1930 School Concert review: “J.A.S. Taylor, who made his first appearance as an oboist, was not able to tackle the oboe part as written but was useful in adding a touch of colour here and there.”

Winter 1930 Cricket review: “J.S. Taylor, the Captain, with 75 against Stoneygate and 51 against Neville Holt, was the most consistent batsman.”

Spring 1931 Rugby review: “Taylor, the Captain, who played an excellent game at stand-of half – he seems to have a natural bent for doing the right thing, swerving the right way passing or kicking at the right time, though in the latter respect, he must learn that kicking should be the exception, reserved in general for relieving pressure when on defence. He is inclined to kick too much and not give his three-quarter enough opportunities. Scored 5 tries and kicked 3 goals in the 27-0 victory over Stamford on 1st November 1930.”

Winter 1932 Cricket review: “did not find his form until late in the season, he then showed that he has developed more scoring shots than he had last year. A very sound fieldsman and generally a good catch.”

Spring 1933 Rugby review: “(stand-off half) very promising: excellent hands and a remarkable kick with either foot: good eye for an opening and did not give or take his passes at full speed and stood too near the scrum. Defence adequate and should improve as he grows.”

Winter 1933 Cricket review: “the mainstay of the batting with several good innings to his credit: rather impatient and inclined to flick at a ball outside the off-stump: safe and neat in the field: bowled late in the season.”

Spring 1934 Rugby review: “(stand-off half) very reliable: good hands, and a fine kick with either hands, marked his own man well, but generally did not do enough covering work: still apt to stand too near the scrum; a good place kick.”

Summer 1934 Cricket review: “it must be several years since we have had so successful a cricket season, and our team can look back with pride on their achievements and especially on their victories in the three School Matches. All three produced close finishes and it is to the credit of the team as a whole that they stuck to their advantage and triumphed in the end. How far these successes are due to Taylor, it is impossible to say, but we must congratulate him most heartily on what is indeed a remarkable record of consistent batting.”

Winter 1934 Cricket review: “Taylor carried the side on his shoulders – or should we say on his bat? His total of 785 runs for an average of 72 speaks for itself, but of much greater merit is the fact that he only once failed to make 30 and only once made over 100. He inspired the XI with confidence, and in sheer brilliance, some of his innings can justly be compared with S.H.G. Humfrey’s 1912 and 1913. After (or before) a long innings, he would bowl (fast medium) whole-heartedly, and only at Trent did he break down – straining a leg muscle; and then he finished the match by taking a well-judged catch. In the five matches won, Taylor’s contribution was usually the lion’s share, and in seven others defeat might have been turned into victory if he had had adequate support.” “neither his average nor his aggregate shows his immense value to the team; a splendid, if somewhat unorthodox bat he hit the ball very hard and never failed to make runs;  used the square cut and hook to score most of his runs, and on occasions off-drove with great power; bowled untiringly throughout the season and made several brilliant catches.”

Spring 1935 Rugby review: “very finished player, possessing excellent hands, feet and balance; improved in speed. Did not get many chances in matches and was well marked. In defence, always dealt with his own man, and when required, did good covering work. Safe place kick.”

Winter 1935 Cricket review: “the best bat, bowler and fieldsman in the team; once he had regained confidence after a shaky start, he showed that he had lost none of last year’s batting ability, though his driving was not so conspicuous as formerly; perhaps he bowled too much, but he usually looked dangerous; a good captain on and off the field."

 

After Oakham

Jack returned to school to captain the OO President's XI Cricket team against the school's 1st XI in June 1936 and was part of the OO President's team the following year. In the Winter term 1937, Jack brought a rugby team to Oakham School to play against the school's 1st XV. He also played in the O.O. Nottingham team. On Speech Day 1938, he was part of the OO President's XI that play against the school's 1st.

Jack studied Classics as First and History as Second at St John’s College, Cambridge. He played football (won Soccer Colours in St John’s 1st XI in 1936), rugby at fly-half and cricket for his College, and played rugby for the Sixty Club and cricket for the Crusaders at Cambridge. From 1936, he played regularly for the Tigers at fly-half or centre three-quarter while at university, occasionally playing against his College! He also played both rugby and cricket for Leicestershire. In May, 1936, Jack played cricket in the Cambridge Freshman's match. In Summer 1937, he gained a 3rd Class in the first part of the Classical Tripos. He held the position of Rugger Secretary at Cambridge and even played in the university XV. He was part of the victorious St John's XV that won the "Cupper" in 1937. In the season 1937-1938, Jack is recorded a a regularly played for both Leicester and Leicestershire. He also feature in Nuneaton team. He played cricket for Leicester C.C.C. In Spring 1938, he scored 7 out of 9 points for St John’s College in the final of the C.U. Rugby Football Cup contest. In July 1938, he finished the History Tripos part II.

After his Master’s degree, he went to Carnegie College, Leeds where he gained a Diploma in Physical Training. He moved to Scotland in 1948. He became a schoolmaster at Loretto School. He played rugby for Musselburgh, Scotland. He was known as the fly-half of the famous “Taylor-and-Naylor” combination. He gained 8 cricket caps for Scotland in the early 1950s. He later became an International Rugby Referee and refereed seven rugby internationals, including the Wales versus South Africa match at Cardiff Arms Park in December 1960. He became President of the Scottish Referees’ Association in 1969. He served in the Second World War with the Northamptonshire Regiment and was promoted to Second-Lieutenant in 1940.

Harold Peter Jerwood

(7th June 1916 - 3rd February 1993)

 

Harold was the son of the School Chaplain, Frederick H. Jerwood.

Life at Oakham

Harold was a Day Boy at Oakham School from 1925 to 1927. Unfortunately, not much information about his life at school has been recorded.

  • Form 1 Trustees' Prize: Summer 1926.

 

After Oakham

Harold then went to Rugby School and later studied Engineering at Jesus College, Cambridge. He was employed in a shoe manufacture. He became Director of the British United Shoe Machinery Co Ltd.

He played rugby for his College and for Cambridge University and toured in the U.S. with the Cambridge XV. He joined the Leicester Rugby Football Club in 1938.

Harold served in the Second World War with the Royal Engineers. He was posted on the staff of Lord Mountbatten in Sri Lanka.

He resumed his career in 1946. He captained the Tigers in the 1947/1948 season. He also represented Leicestershire and the East Midlands and was selected to play for the Barbarians. He captained the Counties’ XV against Australia in 1947 (boys of the 1st XV, 2nd XV and staff went to Leicester to watch the game). He later became Vice-President of the club and was President of the Leicestershire Rugby Union for three years.

David Roger Ellis

(28th October 1925 – 14th August 2011)

 

Life at Oakham

David was at Oakham School from 1935 to 1943. He was in Junior House and then School House. His achievements at school are listed below:

  • Scouts: invested – Spring 1937; winner of the Junior Troop Patrol Camp competition with the Foxes – Summer 1938.
  • J.T.C.: promoted to Lance Corporal – Winter 1941; promoted to Corporal – Summer 1942; won the Section Competition Shield with No.4 Section – Summer 1942; promoted to Sergeant – Winter 1942; Fenwick Cup: Summer 1943; Bowes Cup with No.7 Platoon – Summer 1943; Platoon Competition Shield with No.7 Platoon – Summer 1943; Certificate ‘A’.

 

  • 100 yards (junior): 1st place (132/5 sec) – Spring 1937; 1st place – Spring 1938; 2nd place – Spring 1941.
  • 220 yards handicap (junior): joint 3rd place – Spring 1938.
  • 200 yards (junior): 1st place – Spring 1938; 2nd place – Spring 1941.
  • Athletics: won the Junior House Cup – Spring 1938; Captain of the Senior team – Spring 1943.
  • Long jump (junior): 2nd place – Spring 1941.
  • Steeplechase (senior): 1st place – Spring 1942; 2nd place in the match against Uppingham – Spring 1942; 2nd place – Spring 1943.
  • Throwing the javelin (open): 1st place (122 ft) – Spring 1942; 1st place & school record (123ft 5ins) – Spring 1943.
  • Long jump (senior): 1st place (17 ft) – Spring 1943.
  • Boxing: reached second round of the paperweight competition – Spring 1937; Junior team – Spring 1938; awarded Colours – Spring 1939.
  • Rugby under 14 XV: Winter 1937; Winter 1938; Captain – Winter 1939.
  • Interhouse Rugby: played in School House team – Winter 1939.
  • Rugby 2nd XV: awarded Colours – Winter 1940.
  • Rugby 1st XV: awarded Colours – Winter 1941; injured his knee before the first match of the season – Winter 1942.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1941 - David is standing second from the right.

  • Cricket under 14 XI: Summer 1938; Summer 1939.
  • Cricket 1st XI: Summer 1941; awarded Colours – Summer 1942; Summer 1943.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1942 - David is standing on the far left.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1943 - David is sat on the far left.

  • Diving (under 14): 3rd place – Winter 1938.
  • Shooting VIII: Captain – Winter 1942.
  • Fielding Cup: Summer 1943.
  • Running: awarded Colours – Spring 1942.
  • Hockey: Spring 1943.

Oakham School Hockey 1st XI, 1943 - David is sat second from the right.

  • House Prefect.
  • Games' Committee: Spring 1943.

Oakham School Magazine Reviews

Summer 1941 Cricket review: “a good field; has bowled steadily, but is not sufficiently hostile. Owing to lack of self-confidence his batting has not been successful.”

Winter 1941 Rugby review: “a good, attacking three-quarter with determination and speed; runs straight; defence very good indeed; a fine kick.”

Summer 1942 Cricket review: “a steady bowler, who has lacked opportunity through injury; an improved bat and a very safe field.”

Summer 1943 Cricket review: “his bowling has been consistently good; he swings the ball and keeps a good length; an improved bat; a very good field.”

 

After Oakham

David served in the Second World War with the Royal Marines. He was promoted to Second Lieutenant in 1944 then to Lieutenant. He was wounded in the summer of 1945.

He played a few seasons for Leicester Rugby Football Club from 1946 to 1949. He was selected as wing three-quarter for the first English trial at Northampton. He suffered some injuries, which kept him away from the game. For instance, he was absent from the Counties’ XV against Australia in 1947 (in which H.P. Jerwood played).

David married June Yvonne Fisk at Weybridge on 30th September 1950 and they had two daughters in 1951 and 1954.

John Noton

(6th July 1927 - )

Life at Oakham

John was a Day Boy at Oakham School from 1941 to 1945. His achievements at school are listed below:

  • Diving (junior): joint 2nd place – Summer 1941; 1st place – Summer 1942.
  • Diving (senior): 1st place – Summer 1943; 2nd place – Summer 1944; 1st place – Summer 1945.
  • Swimming two lengths breaststroke: 3rd place – Summer 1945.
  • Rugby 1st XV: at stand-off - Winter 1943; awarded Colours - Winter 1944.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1944 - John is standing in the third row, third from the left.

  • Steeplechase (senior): 4th place – Spring 1944.
  • Cross-Country: awarded Colours – Spring 1944.
  • 880 yards (senior): 1st place (2min 202/5 sec) – Spring 1944; 2nd place – Spring 1945.
  • Cricket 1st XI: Summer 1944; awarded Colours – Summer 1945.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1944 - John is standing second from the left.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1945 - John is standing second from the right.

  • Hockey: at centre forward, awarded Colours – Spring 1945.

Oakham School Hockey 1st XI, 1945 - John is sat second from the left.

  • A.T.C.: passed his Proficiency Examination – Spring 1944; promoted to Corporal – Winter 1944.; promoted to Sergeant – Spring 1945.

 

  • School Prefect: Winter 1944 – Summer 1945.
  • Games’ Committee: Winter 1944 – Summer 1945.
  • History Prize: Summer 1945.
  • Higher Certificate.

Oakham School Magazine Review

Summer 1944 Cricket review: “a left-arm bowler who has had moderate success; an improved bat; not a good field”.

Winter 1944 Rugby review: “a three-quarter with some speed and fair hands; liable to be out of position; his tackling has been poor though he goes down to the ball well.”

Summer 1945 Cricket review: “has bowled steadily throughout the season; met with little success with the bat; a sound field.”

 

After Oakham

John studied in Leeds and Cambridge and became a Corn Merchant. He played scrum-half for Leicester Rugby Football Club in 1950 during their Easter tour in the West and played regularly in the 1950-51 season. He captained Leeds University XV in 1950 and won the Christy Cup in 1951. He played for the English Universities team against the Welsh Universities in 1951; he played for Leicestershire and captained the OO’s XV against the school in 1954. He also played cricket for Downing in 1952.

George Albert Cherry

(5th March 1933)

G.A. Cherry playing cricket on Doncaster Close in 1951.

Life at Oakham

George was at Oakham School from 1946 to 1951. He was a boarder in Wharflands House. His achievements are listed below:

  • Drama: programme cover for Macbeth – Summer 1947.
  • The Photographic Society: Summer 1947.
  • C.C.F.: promoted to L/Corporal – Summer 1949; promoted to Corporal – Spring 1950; received the Award of Merit – Winter 1950; promoted to L/Sergeant – Spring 1951.

 

  • Swimming two lengths free style (intermediate): 3rd place – Summer 1947.
  • Swimming Two lengths backstroke (intermediate): 1st place (1 min 03/5 sec) – Summer 1948.
  • Diving (intermediate): joint 1st place – Summer 1947.
  • Plunge (intermediate): 2nd place – Summer 1948.
  • Swimming three lengths free style (senior): 2nd place – Summer 1949; 1st place (64.6 sec) – Summer 1950.
  • Swimming one and a half lengths free style (senior): 2nd place – Summer 1949; 2nd place – Summer 1950.
  • Swimming one and a half lengths backstroke (senior): 1st place (354/5 sec) – Summer 1949; 1st place (35.6 sec) – Summer 1950.
  • Swimming one and a half lengths breaststroke (senior): 1st place (351/5 sec) – Summer 1949; 1st place (35.2 sec) – Summer 1950.
  • Swimming match v. Stamford: two lengths free style, 1st place (42.8 sec); one length backstroke, 2nd place – Summer 1950.
  • Swimming match v. Ratcliffe: three lengths free style, 1st place (57.6 sec); one and a half lengths back stroke, 1st place (32 sec); won the relay with the School’s team – Summer 1950.
  • Swimming: Captain & awarded Colours – Summer 1951.
  • Swimming Midlands Championships: 100 yards, 4th place – Summer 1951.
  • Swimming match v. Ratcliffe: 90 yards free style (senior), 1st place (542/5 sec); 45 yards backstroke, 1st place (303/5 sec); 45 yards free style, 1st place (25 sec); won the relay – Summer 1951.
  • Swimming match v. Stamford: three lengths free style, 1st place (52 sec); one and a half lengths free style, 1st place (231/2 sec); two lengths back stroke, 1st place (30 sec); won the senior medley relay (75.6sec) – Summer 1951.
  • Swimming seven lengths free-style (open): 1st place (2 min 32.4 sec) – Summer 1951.
  • Swimming 90 yards free style: school record (51.0 sec) – Summer 1951.
  • Swimming 90 yards free style: 1st place (52.2 sec) – Summer 1951.
  • Swimming 45 yards free style: school record (23.0 sec) – 1951.
  • Swimming 45 yards free style: 1st place (23.6 sec) – Summer 1951.
  • Swimming 45 yards back stroke: school record (30.0 sec) – 1951
  • Swimming 45 yards back stroke: 1st place (31 sec) – Summer 1951.
  • Swimming 45 yards breast stroke: school record (30.6 sec) – 1950.
  • Swimming 45 yards breast stroke: 1st place (31.6 sec) – Summer 1951.
  • Diving (senior): 3rd place – Summer 1951.

  

George performing at the 1951 Senior Swimming Sports.

  • Swimming match v. R.A.F. Cottesmore: three lengths free style, 1st place (53 sec); one and a half lengths free style, 1st place (23 sec); one and a half lengths backstroke, 1st place (31.4 sec) - Summer 1951.
  • Interhouse Rugby: played scrum-half in Wharflands team – Winter 1950.
  • Rugby 2nd XV: Winter 1951.
  • Cricket 2nd XI: Summer 1951.

 

  • House Prefect.

Oakham School Magazine Reviews

Winter 1951 Swimming review: “the last day of the summer term was definitely G.A. Cherry’s day. He has done a great deal for School Swimming, both as an enthusiastic Captain and by his own performances and today’s triumph, in which he won all five open races, was a fitting end to his school career. He has set up School records, either this year or last for all five races. But he has done even more in coaching the team and in fostering great keenness in this sport and we can be quite sure that he will be delighted if next year or the year after his records are broken by some of the younger entry who have come on so well with his help and encouragement this year.”

 

After Oakham

George then went to study Architecture at Leicester College of Art and Technology and worked for the firm Geo. Newnes & Co at Nottingham. He won the Leicestershire County Swimming Medallion in 1955 and swam regularly for Leicestershire in the 1950s. He played for the Leicester Tigers in 1958 and is recorded as a regular player until 1964. He also represented Leicestershire during this period.

The Tigers in 1959 - George is standing fourth from the left.

Brian Anthony Frank Smith

(3rd July 1935 – December 2019)

BAF in the Tug-of-war in 1953.

Life at Oakham

BAF was at Oakham School from 1943 to 1954. He was first in Hodge Wing, then School House.

School House, 1950 - BAF is standing at the back, second from the left.

School House, 1952 - BAF is standing on the fourth row, sixth from the right.

School House, 1952 - BAF is standing on the third row, fifth from the left.

School House, 1953 - BAF is sat on the second row, third from the right.

School House, 1954 - BAF is sat on the second row, fifth from the left.

His achievements at school are listed below:

  • Junior Sports: won the Taylor Cup – Summer 1945; won the Cup for best individual performance (14 points) – Summer 1946.
  • 100 yards (under 11): 1st place – Summer 1946.
  • 220 yards (under 11): 1st place – Summer 1946.
  • High jump (under 12): joint 1st place (3ft 11ins) – Summer 1946.
  • 220 yards (under 13): 2nd place – Summer 1947; 1st place – Summer 1948.
  • 100 yards (under 13): 2nd place – Summer 1947; 1st place – Summer 1948.
  • 440 yards (under 13): 1st place – Summer 1948.
  • Diving (junior): 3rd place – Summer 1948.

Hodge Wing Athletics team, 1948 - BAF is sat third from the right.

  • 100 yards (intermediate): 1st place (122/5 sec) – Spring 1950.
  • 220 yards (intermediate): 1st place (283/5 sec) – Spring 1950.
  • 440 yards (intermediate): 1st place (624/5 sec) – Spring 1950.
  • 880 yards (intermediate): 1st place (2 min 321/5 sec) – Spring 1950.
  • Long jump (intermediate): 2nd place – Spring 1950.
  • High jump (intermediate): 3rd place – Spring 1950.
  • 220 yards (senior): 2nd place – Spring 1951 school record & 1st place (234/5 sec) – Summer 1952; 1st place (24.8 sec) – Spring 1953; 1st place (24.7 sec) – Spring 1954.
  • 100 yards (senior): 3rd place – Spring 1951; 1st place (103/5 sec) – Summer 1952; 1st place (10.8 sec) – Spring 1953; 1st place (10.6 sec) – Spring 1954.
  • Long jump (senior): 2nd place – Spring 1951; 1st place (18ft 5ins) – Spring 1953; 2nd place – Spring 1954.
  • High jump (senior): 3rd place – Spring 1951; 1st place (5ft 2ins) – Summer 1952; 2nd place – Spring 1953; 3rd place – Spring 1954.
  • 440 yards (senior): 2nd place – Summer 1952.
  • Throwing the discuss: 1st place (111ft 1ins) – Summer 1952; 1st place (116ft 3ins) – Spring 1953; 1st place & school record (128ft 9ins) – Spring 1954.
  • Triangular match against Trent and Wellingborough: 440 yards, 2nd place; 220 yards, 1st place (24.4 sec); discuss; 1st place (103ft 7ins) – Spring 1953.
  • Triangular match against Trent and Wellingborough: 440 yards, 2nd place; 220 yards, 2nd place – Spring 1954.
  • Quarter-Mile: 1st place (55 sec) – Spring 1953; 1st place & school record (531/5 sec) – Spring 1954.
  • Boxing (junior): won his match for Hodge Wing – Spring 1946; won his final – Spring 1947.
  • Boxing (senior): won the straw weight final – Spring 1950; fought in the gnat weight final – Spring 1951.
  • Rugby under 14 XV: Winter 1946; Winter 1947; Captain – Winter 1948.
  • Rugby 2nd XV: awarded Colours – Winter 1950.
  • Rugby 1st XV: awarded Colours – Winter 1951; Winter 1952; Captain & undefeated side – Winter 1953.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1951 - BAF is standing at the back, on the far left.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1952 - BAF is sat second from the left.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1953 - BAF is sat in the centre.

  • Cricket (under 14): awarded Colours - Summer 1947; shared the Captaincy & awarded Colours – Summer 1949.
  • Cricket 2nd XI: awarded Colours – Summer 1951.
  • Cricket 1st XI: Summer 1951; awarded Colours - Summer 1952; Captain – Summer 1953; Captain & undefeated side – Summer 1954.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1951 - BAF is standing second from the right.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1952 - BAF is sat on the far right.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1953 - BAF is sat in the centre.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1954 - BAF is sat in the centre.

  • Hockey 2nd XI: awarded Colours – Spring 1951.
  • Hockey 1st XI: awarded Colours – Spring 1952; Spring 1953; Captain & undefeated side – Spring 1954.

Oakham School Hockey 1st XI, 1951 - BAF is sat at the front on the left.

Oakham School Hockey 1st XI, 1952 - BAF is standing on the far left.

Oakham School Hockey 1st XI, 1953 - BAF is sat second from the right.

Oakham School Hockey 1st XI, 1954 - BAF is sat in the centre.

  • Interhouse hockey: played in School House’s XI – Spring 1952.
  • Shooting ‘A’ team: Winter 1951; Winter 1952.
  • Shooting VIII: Winter 1953. –Spring 1954.
  • Fives: Captain – Summer 1952 – Spring 1953; won the Senior Cup with Lewis Emanuel – Spring 1953; Captain – Winter 1953 – Spring 1954; won the Senior Cup with Lewis Emanuel – Spring 1954.
  • Place kick: 1st place – Winter 1953.
  • Athletics: awarded Colours – Spring 1954.

Oakham School Athletics Senior team, 1954 - BAF is sat second from the right.

 

  • Cubs: Senior and Red Sixer official - Winter 1945; Spring 1946.
  • Scouts: patrol leader of the Foxes – Spring 1948; Winter 1948; Foxes leader & Troop leader – Spring 1949 & Summer 1949; Leader of the Woodpigeons & passed the Horsemanship Badge – Summer 1950.
  • C.C.F.: promoted to L/Corporal – Spring 1952; promoted to Corporal – Summer 1952; promoted to L/Sergeant – Winter 1952; promoted to Sergeant – Spring 1953; allotted a place at the Stand at the Victoria Monument, London for the Coronation – Summer 1953; promoted to Colour Sergeant – Summer 1953; promoted to C.S.M. in the ‘B’ Company – Spring 1954; promoted to Under Officer – Summer 1954; obtained his Certificate ‘A’ and Certificate ‘T’.
  • Drama: played Dallas in “The Hiding Place” at the Hodge Wing Christmas Entertainment – Winter 1947.
  • Oakham School Play Reading Society: Winter 1953.
  • Debating Society: Spring 1954.

 

 

  • Games’ Committee: Spring 1953 – Summer 1954.
  • School prefect: Summer 1953 – Summer 1954.
  • Marriott Cup: Summer 1953; Summer 1954.
  • Barraclough Cup: Summer 1953; Summer 1954.
  • Science Prize: Summer 1954.
  • Cambridge Examinations: granted a place at Clare College, Cambridge – Winter 1953.

Oakham School Magazine Review

Winter 1946 Rugby review: “Smith is good in attack as an individual but not so good as a member of a line, and his tackling needs to be more consistent.”

Winter 1948 Rugby review: “B.A.F. Smith made a good captain, though slower than last year.”

Summer 1949 Cricket review: “Smith, too, has a sound defence and has made several good scores, but latterly has lost sight of the need to score runs. He must punish the bad balls or the opposing howlers and fielders will be flattered and feel without s=deserving it by good play, that they are on top.”

Summer 1950 Boxing review: “This fight was definitely Smith’s, who although he had a disadvantage of height, certainly had the harder punch.”

Winter 1950 Rugby review: “Smith at fly-half showed great promise.”

Summer 1951 Cricket review: “in his first season he has shown himself to be a useful wicket keeper. He takes the ball well on the leg-side and can stand up to anyone of medium pace. His batting is weak and timid at present, but should improve. He should be valuable next year.”

Winter 1951 Rugby review: “a constructive stand-off of great promise, with very safe hands and a powerful kick with both feet, which has been very useful in attack and defence. Has always tried to open play up. His defence is weak in tackling and falling and he must learn to mark his opposite number more closely. A reliable place kick.”

Spring 1952 Hockey review: “(inside-right) potentially a very good player. He has the hardest shot in the side and considerable ability, which should ripen into skill with more experience. He must learn to work harder in this position and particularly, when play is near the circle not to wait for the clearance, but to harass the defence continually.”

Summer 1952 Cricket review: “his wicket keeping this year has been invaluable to the side. His ability to take difficult ball on the leg-side is quite remarkable and often brilliant.  His batting has improved beyond all expectations. He should be of immense value next year.”

Spring 1953 Rugby review: “the spearhead of the attack; very fast with a deceptive stride; perfect hands and a good kick with either foot; defence adequate; preferring to shadow his man, though he can when put to it tackle low and fall on the ball; a very good place kick.”

Spring 1953 Hockey review: “(inside-left) he distributes the ball well amongst the forwards. Has an excellent shot, good ball control and an eye for a gap in the defence. His dash and vigour in the circle has scored many goals.”

Summer 1953 Cricket review: “(Captain) a first class wicket keeper who has kept well throughout the season despite the responsibilities of captaincy. He is at times brilliant on the leg-side. His batting has improved out of all recognition and he has become a sound hard-driving batsman and has played many good innings. He had had a young and inexperienced side and a great deal of the season’s success has been due to his captaincy, particularly in the close inter-school matches. He has always set a good field and shown imagination in the use of his bowlers and has never been afraid to experiment. His team has responded splendidly to his leadership. His general organisation and interest in the School’s cricket as a whole have been outstanding.”

Winter 1953 Rugby review: “an exceptional player, with all the requisite qualities, the most telling perhaps being a tremendous acceleration when the chance offers, which makes him a prolific scorer. His one weakness is in giving a pass, for his arms are not co-ordinated with his swerve and he is apt to drop the ball short. He has kicked many fine goals but still misses others that he should get. Equally outstanding as Captain, whether superintending School football or on the field, where he demands the highest standards of fitness and performance from himself and his team, and can be impatient of failure.”

Spring 1954 Hockey review: “(Captain and centre-half) Moving to this position from inside-forward his string attacking spirit coupled with an energetic and powerful defence did much to blend this team into a well-balanced one. His tendency to wander was more than covered by his wing halves and his own speed over the ground. He demands the most of his side both on and off the field and has been an excellent captain in the interest he has sown in hockey throughout the School.”

Summer 1954 Cricket review: “(Captain) his batting during the earlier part of the season was most disappointing, but in his recent innings he has shown his true form. He has tremendous power with the bat, but seldom lets himself really go. His wicket keeping is first class and has contributed considerably to our success in getting other sides out. He has been an outstanding captain of one of the best sides the School has ever had and has always demanded from them and received the best they had to give. His captaincy on the field has been mature and shrewd. He has been meticulous and conscientious in his organisation of the cricket of the School and the general improvement in the standard of the School’s cricket is in no small measure due to his enthusiasm and drive.”

 

After Oakham

B.A.F. played cricket for Leicester and Rutland in 1954. He played rugby for Leicestershire in 1954. He went to study at Clare College, Cambridge. At university, he played rugby for the University and even captained the LX Club in 1956. He first appeared for Leicester Rugby Football Club in 1954 and played in 54 games until 1960 as a centre three-quarter or a wing. He scored a total of 19 tries for the club. At the time, he played alongside David Matthews, his teammate in the undefeated school’s 1st XV of 1953. He was also a keen cricketer and served as President of Leicestershire CCC between 1993 and 2003.

The Tigers in 1959 - B.A.F. is at the front, second from the left.

The 1964 Stoneygate team - BAF is sat in the centre.

 

Undefeated Rugby 1st XV teams of 1953, 1980 and 2001.

The undefeated rugby teams dinner - BAF is third from the right.

David Joseph Matthews

(17th April 1937 - 19th June 2019)

Life at Oakham

David attended Oakham School as a Day Boy from 1948 to 1954. His achievements at school are listed below:

  • Rugby under 14 XV: Winter 1949; at back three-quarter, Winter 1950.
  • Rugby 2nd XV: awarded Colours - Winter 1951.
  • Rugby 1st XV: Winter 1951; awarded Colours – Winter 1952; unbeaten side – Winter 1953; Captain – Winter 1954.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1951 - David is sat at the front on the left.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1952 - David is sat on the far left.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1953 - David is sat second from the right.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1954 - David is sat in the centre.

  • Steeplechase (junior): 1st place (13min 9sec) – Spring 1950.
  • Steeplechase (intermediate): 1st place – Winter 1951.
  • Steeplechase (senior): 2nd place – Winter 1951; 2nd place – Spring 1953; 3rd place – Spring 1954; 2nd place – Winter 1954.
  • 220 yards (under 13): 3rd place – Spring 1950.
  • 440 yards (under 13): 2nd place – Spring 1950.
  • Long jump (under 13): 3rd place – Spring 1950.
  • The Mile (open): 3rd place – Spring 1952; 2nd place – Spring 1954.

David finishing second in The Mile race, 1954.

  • 100 yards (intermediate): 1st place (114/5 sec) – Summer 1952.
  • 220 yards (intermediate): 1st place (254/5 sec) – Summer 1952.
  • 440 yards (intermediate): 1st place (624/5 sec) – Summer 1952.
  • 880 yards (intermediate): 1st place (2 min 241/5 sec) – Summer 1952.

David (third runner from the left) in the Intermediate 880 yards race, 1952.

  • Triangular Cross-Country running match against Stamford and King’s School: 9th place – Spring 1951; 5th place – Spring 1952; 3rd place – Spring 1953; 2nd place – Spring 1954.
  • Triangular Cross-Country running match against Uppingham ‘A’: 2nd place – Spring 1951; 4th place – Spring 1952; 3rd place – Spring 1953; 3rd place – Spring 1954.
  • Boxing (senior): won his light-heavy weight match – Spring 1952; won his light-heavy weight match – Spring 1953.
  • Hockey 2nd XI: awarded Colours – Spring 1954.
  • Athletics: awarded Colours – Spring 1954.

Oakham School Senior Athletics team, 1954 - David is standing on the far left.

  • Half-Mile: 2nd place – Spring 1954.

David (far left) in the Senior Half-Mile race, 1954.

  • Quarter-Mile: 3rd place – Spring 1954.
  • Triangular Athletics Match against Trent College and Wellingborough: 2nd place in the Mile race – Spring 1954.
  • Cross-Country running: Captain – Winter 1954 – Summer 1955.
  • Shooting VIII: Spring 1954.

Oakham School Shooting VIII, 1954 - David is standing fourth from the left.

 

  • Games’ Committee: Spring 1954 – Winter 1954.
  • School Prefect: Winter 1954.
  • C.C.F.: promoted to Sergeant; obtained his Certificate ‘A’.

Oakham School Magazine Reviews

Winter 1950 Rugby review: “Matthews and Strickland have been particularly dangerous in attack and the former has scored no less than 23 points himself.”

Winter 1951 Rugby review: “another young and promising, but rather lazy forward. Has only played in a few matches, but he should be a very useful forward for several seasons.”

Spring 1953 Rugby review: “extremely useful and tireless wing forward; always prominent in the foot rushes and has scored several tries in support of his three-quarters; an elusive runner but tends to hold on too long; defence good.”

Winter 1953 Rugby review: “an outstanding wing-forward with an uncanny sense of positioning; excellent in defence and always up in attack, with a deceptive body swerve; inclined to spoil much good work by trying to be too individual, and could use his weight more in the tight.”

Winter 1954 Rugby review: “has rarely been at his own peak of excellence owing to injury which slowed him down that extra vital yard, and cost several tries and possibly two matches; nevertheless his sense of position, his safe hands, balance and amazing control of the dribble make him the best forward of my experience here, and he could go far. As Captain, he is a shrewd judge of a player and at times a hard critic; he has done much to keep up the general standard by interesting himself in the lower Lots, and we are greatly in his debt.”

 

After Oakham

David was a regular back-rower for Leicester Rugby Football Club from 1955 to 1974 and played a record of 502 games! He captained the team for three seasons, from 1966 to 1969. He scored 119 tries for the club in his career (a record for a forward), including 14 tries in the 1960/61 season and 21 tries in the 1968/1969 season. In the 1967/1968 season, he was also the team’s kicker and ended the season as the top scorer. He became a coach from 1988 to 1991, was the Club President from 2001 to 2003 and was awarded Life Membership in 2005. He also played for Stoneygate RFC in 1956 and was their top scorer. At county level, he represented Leicestershire from 1957 to 1971. He also played for the East Midlands and was invited to the Barbarians side in 1966 and 1969. He was picked for the first England trial in 1966 but missed out because of injury. He played in the second England trial in 1967 and the first English trial at Twickenham in 1968.

The Tiger in 1959 - David is standing third from the right.

David visited the school several times, and played a number of matches in OO's teams. In 2001, he attended the celebratory dinner in honour of the School's three undefeated rugby teams. His son Mark was part of the 2001 1st XV.

The undefeated Rugby 1st XV of 1953, 1980 and 2001.

David (far right) at the Undefeated Rugby teams' dinner.

John Hodgson Berry

(12th July 1940 - 12th November 2005)

The Berry family has long been linked with the Tigers. Tom Berry made 277 appearances for the club between 1932 and 1948 and became President of the Tigers and President of the RFU. His sons, John and the twins Richard and David, followed his footsteps and were regular players for Leicester Rugby Football Club. As for their brother Michael, he only played for the Extras, but not the first team. The four brothers all attended Oakham School.

Life at Oakham

John attended Oakham School from 1954 to 1958. He was in Wharflands House.

Whaflands house, 1954 - John is standing in the back row, fifth from the right.

His achievements at school are listed below:

  • Rugby under 14 XV: Spring 1954.
  • Rugby 2nd XV: awarded Colours – Winter 1956.
  • Rugby 1st XV: Winter 1956; awarded Colours – Winter 1957.
  • Cricket under 14 XI: awarded Colours – Summer 1954.
  • Cricket 2nd XI: awarded Colours – Summer 1956; Summer 1957.
  • Cricket 1st XI: awarded Colours - Summer 1957; Summer 1958.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1957 - John is standing second from the left.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1958 - John is sat on the far left.

  • Hockey 2nd XI: awarded Colours – Spring 1956.
  • Hockey 1st XI: awarded Colours – Spring 1957; Captain – Spring 1958.

Oakham School Hockey 1st XI, 1957 - John is sat on the far left.

Oakham School Hockey 1st XI, 1958 - John is sat in the centre.

  • Rugby Seven-a-side: Spring 1957; Spring 1958.

 

  • C.C.F.: promoted to L/Corporal – Summer 1957; promoted to Corporal – Spring 1958; obtained his Certificate ‘A’; awarded a Zephyr – 1956.
  • 21 Club: Winter 1957.
  • Oakham Play Reading Society: Winter 1957.
  • The Field Society: Spring 1958.
  • School Prefect: Spring 1958.

Oakham School Magazine Reviews

Spring 1957 Hockey review: “(inside right) he has been our best forward this season. His clever stick work and dribbling have made many openings for the other forwards. He has also scored some goals himself.”

Spring 1957 Rugby match v. OOs review: “easily the best performance came from Berry at fly-half, whose perfect handling and elusive running caused general surprise that no regular place had been found for him in the side.”

Summer 1957 Cricket review: “came into the side rather late and has played one or two useful innings. He should watch his back-lift and try to put more life into his batting. A good field with an accurate throw.”

Winter 1957 Rugby review: “an outstanding fly-half; an elusive runner with a natural side step and a good dummy; he kicks well with either foot and has an excellent defence; a sound place kick.”

Spring 1958 Hockey review: “(Captain and Inside right) fast over the ground with an excellent degree of ball control, he has been top scorer this year. Outstanding against a weak defence, he is liable to hang on too long against a strong one. On the field he has never spared himself, and off the field he has organised the game with a quiet and reliable efficiency.”

Summer 1958 Cricket review: “a number five who could not find his form at the beginning of the season, but has improved considerably in recent matches. He is very powerful on the leg side, and with greater concentration will improve still more. His fielding, like his batting, would improve with greater concentration.”

 

After Oakham

John went to study Agriculture at Harper Adams and set out to build Sports Grounds. He played for the Leicester Tigers in the early 1960s, alongside fellow OOs G.A. Cherry, B.A.F. Smith and David Matthews. He played rugby for Moseley and Stoneygate as well. Unfortunately, both sides had internationals fly-halves at the same time so John did not get as much game-time as he hoped. He then stay at the club as volunteer Fixture Secretary and Ground Secretary.

The 1964 Stoneygate team - John is standing second from the right.

Christopher Joseph Grindal

(b. 31st December 1943)

 

Life at Oakham

CJ was at Oakham School from 1957 to 1960. He was in School House.

  • Rugby under 14 XV: Winter 1957.
  • Rugby 1st XV: awarded Colours - Winter 1959.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1959 - CJ is standing on the far right.

  • Interhouse Rugby: won with School House team – Spring 1960.
  • Rugby Seven-a-side: Spring 1960.
  • Discus (junior): 1st place (98ft 2ins) – Summer 1958.
  • Cricket 2nd XI: awarded Colours – Summer 1959.
  • Cricket 1st XI: Summer 1960.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1960 - CJ is standing on the far left.

  • Hockey 2nd XI: awarded Colours - Spring 1960.
  • Athletics team: Summer 1959.

 

  • C.C.F.: promoted to L/Corporal – Summer 1958; obtained his Certificate ‘A’.
  • Vice-Chairman of the Young Farmers’ Club: Summer 1960.

Oakham School Magazine Reviews

Winter 1959 Rugby review: “for a young player of only 15, he has been outstanding in a generally inexperienced pack. His covering and defensive play both at blind-side wing forward and middle of the back row, has been consistently good, saving our line on more than one occasion. His speed and handling of the ball have been a great asset in attack.”

Summer 1960 Cricket review: “a natural attacking batsman, but he must learn to curb his natural instinct, especially at the start of an innings. A useful change bowler and a sound field.”

 

After Oakham

CJ went on to Farming in Grantham.

He played rugby for Lincolnshire in 1964-1965 and at Three Counties level (Notts, Lincs, Derbys). He is recorded as a regular player in the Tigers side in 1967.

David M.H. Berry

(b. 7th June 1944)

 

The Berry family has long been linked with the Tigers. Tom Berry made 277 appearances for the club between 1932 and 1948 and became President of the Tigers and President of the RFU. His sons, John and the twins Richard and David, followed his footsteps and were regular players for Leicester Rugby Football Club. As for their brother Michael, he only played for the Extras, but not the first team. The four brothers all attended Oakham School.

Life at Oakham

David was at Oakham School from Spring term 1958 to Winter term 1961. He was a boarder in Wharflands.

Wharflands house, 1959 - David is standing in the fourth row, seventh from the right.

Wharflands house, 1960 - David is standing in the third row, seventh from the left.

Wharflands house, 1961 - David is standing in the centre of the third row.

His achievements at school are listed below:

  • Rugby under 14 XV: awarded Colours – Spring 1958.
  • Rugby 1st XV: at fly-half, awarded Colours – Winter 1959; Winter 1960; re-awarded Colours & Honours Cap - Winter 1961.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1959 - David is sat at the front on the left.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1960 - David is sat at the front on the right.

  • Interhouse Rugby: played for Wharflands – Spring 1960.
  • Cricket under 14 XI: awarded Colours – Summer 1958.
  • Cricket 1st XI: awarded Colours - Summer 1959; Summer 1960; Vice-Captain & re-awarded Colours & Honours Cap - Summer 1961.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1959 - David is sat on the far right.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1960 - David is sat second from the left.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1961 - David is sat second from the left.

  • Hockey 1st XI: awarded Colours - Spring 1960; Spring 1961.

Oakham School Hockey 1st XI, 1960 - David is sat at the front on the right.

Oakham School Hockey 1st XI, 1961 - David is sat on the far left.

  • Public School’ Hockey Festival: 1960.
  • Rugby Seven-a-side: Spring 1961.
  • Badminton: Summer 1961.

 

  • C.C.F.: gained Zephyr Award – Winter 1959; obtained his Certificate ‘A’.
  • Oakham School Jazz Appreciation Society.

 

  • House Prefect.

Oakham School Magazine Reviews

Summer 1959 Cricket review: “Coming straight from last year’s Under 14 XI he has done remarkably well. As first change bowler he has bowled with his leg breaks with fair accuracy, gaining more confidence as the season progressed. His batting has shown occasional bright patches. He will be a great asset next year.”

Winter 1959 Rugby review: “the feature of the game was the promising debut of the Berrys; R.’s passing, though not long, was quick, and he stood up well to some hammering from the Club forwards; D. handled perfectly and has all the attributes of a class fly half.” “his natural ability has helped him to overcome inexperience. He has a very good pair of hands and a useful dummy, although at times seems a little uncertain of himself. Kicks very intelligently in defence and in attack.”

Spring 1960 Hockey review: “(centre-forward) his stick work is excellent, but he is very slow in front of goal, and given time his shot is powerful.”

Summer 1960 Cricket review: “he has developed into a hard hitting batsman with an attractive array of strokes but his defence is not really sound. His bowling has not been as successful as expected. A sound fielder. He should be outstanding next year.”

Winter 1960 Rugby review: “ not a scoring outside half but he has provided an excellent link and his touch finding and defence are good.”

Spring 1961 Hockey review: “(centre-forward) a played with clever stick work but early in the season he tended to wander from position. His approach work is good but an exaggerated back swing makes him a slow shot.”

Summer 1961 Cricket review: “a free scoring opening batsman who has rarely failed this season. A competent wicket keeper in spite of his inexperience.”

Winter 1961 Rugby review: “In the backs, D.M.H. Berry has been the central figure. Bigger, stronger and with a little more pace than last season, he now looks a much more complete footballer and has given stability to the line.” “(Vice-Captain and Inside Centre) He is now playing better than ever. His kicking is superb and his tackling is sure. His intelligent play and ability to make quick changes of direction have made many openings.”

 

After Oakham

David played for the Leicester Tigers from the 1964 to 1969. He played alongside his twin brother Richard, under the captaincy of David Matthews. He also played for Leicestershire. He was injured early in the 1968-1969 season which kept him away from the game.

Richard T.H. Berry

(7th June 1944 – 2nd June 2020)

 

The Berry family has long been linked with the Tigers. Tom Berry made 277 appearances for the club between 1932 and 1948 and became President of the Tigers and President of the RFU. His sons, John and the twins Richard and David, followed his footsteps and were regular players for Leicester Rugby Football Club. As for their brother Michael, he only played for the Extras, but not the first team. The four brothers all attended Oakham School.

Life at Oakham

Richard was at school from Spring term 1958 to Summer term 1960. He joined his twin brother David in Wharflands house.

Wharflands house, 1959 - Richard is standing in the fourth row, sixth from the right.

Wharflands house, 1960 - Richard is standing in the third row, eighth from the right.

His achievements at school are listed below:

  • Rugby under 14 XV: awarded Colours – Spring 1958.
  • Rugby 1st XV: awarded Colours – Winter 1959.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1959 - Richard is sat at the front on the right.

  • Interhouse Rugby: played for Wharflands – Spring 1960.
  • Cricket under 14 XI: awarded Colours – Summer 1958.
  • Cricket 2nd XI: awarded Colours – Summer 1959.
  • Cricket 1st XI: Summer 1959; awarded Colours - Summer 1960.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1959 - Richard is sat at the front on the left.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1960 - Richard is sat on the far right.

  • Hockey 2nd XI: awarded Colours – Spring 1960.

 

  • C.C.F.: gained Zephyr Award – Winter 1959; obtained his Certificate 'A'.

Oakham School Magazine Reviews

Summer 1959 Cricket review: “he came into the side during the latter part of the term straight from last year’s Under 14 XI. He bats with much promise. His ground fielding has been good, but his catching is not yet safe. He should be useful next year.”

Winter 1959 Rugby review: “the feature of the game was the promising debut of the Berrys; R.’s passing, though not long, was quick, and he stood up well to some hammering from the Club forwards; D. handled perfectly and has all the attributes of a class fly half.” “Although not possessing a very strong pass out from the scrum, has adapted himself quickly and well to the inside half position. His tackling and falling on the ball has at times been exemplary.”

Summer 1960 Cricket review: “he has become a sound opening batsman. He can hit the ball hard especially on the leg side, but he must learn to use his feet more to slow bowling. A good field with safe hands.”

 

After Oakham

Richard played 27 games for Leicester Rugby Football Club from 1965 to 1969. He played alongside his twin brother David under the captaincy of David Matthews. He started as a back-rower but later played as a hooker. He also played for Leicestershire in 1969.

Richard went to Farming.

Andy Matthews

 

Andy was the younger brother of David Matthews.

Life at Oakham

Andy attended Oakham School as a Day Boy from 1953 to 1956.

  • Boxing (senior): Spring 1953.
  • Cross-Country running match v. Uppingham: 14th place – Spring 1956.
  • C.C.F.: obtained his Certificate ‘A’.

 

After Oakham

Andy made several appearances for the Tigers from 1966 to 1968 and played as a prop.

Michael John Duggan

(b. 6th June 1948)

Life at Oakham

John was at Oakham School from 1965 to 1967. He was in Johnsons House and then Chapmans.

  • Rugby 1st XV: awarded Colours – Winter 1965; re-awarded Colours & Honours Cap – Winter 1966.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1966 - John is sat on the far right.

  • Interhouse Rugby: won with Chapmans – Spring 1967.
  • Cricket 2nd XI: Summer 1966.
  • Cricket 1st XI: Summer 1966; awarded Colours - Summer 1967.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1967 - John is standing in the centre.

  • Athletics: selected to represent Rutland at the All-England Championship – Summer 1966 & Summer 1967; awarded Senior Club Colours – Summer 1966; re-awarded Senior Club Colours & School Colours – Summer 1967.

Oakham School Senior Athletics team, 1965 - John is standing fourth from the left.

Oakham School Senior Athletics team, 1966 - John is sat on the far right.

  • Javelin (senior): 1st place (148ft 4ins) – Summer 1966; school record (168ft 8ins) – Summer 1967.
  • Long jump (senior): 2nd place – Summer 1967.
  • Triple jump (senior): 2nd place – Summer 1967.
  • Hockey 3rd XI: Spring 1967.
  • Rugby Seven-a-side: Public Schools’ tournament at Rosslyn Park – Spring 1965; Spring 1966; Spring 1967.

Oakham School Rugby Sevens team, 1966 - John is standing second from the left.

  • Badminton: Spring 1966; Spring 1967.

Oakham School Badminton VI team, 1967 - John is standing second from the left.

  • House Prefect.
  • Cartesian Club.

Oakham School Magazine Reviews

Winter 1965 Rugby review: “On the right-wing, newcomer M.J. Duggan has proved to be a big success. He is trustful in attack and possesses a good hand-off; his tackling and kicking is excellent and his positioning sound. He is not yet a fluent passer of the ball but when this develops he will be a player of distinct promise.”

Winter 1966 Rugby review: “To adapt one’s play from that of a wing three-quarter to that of a number eight forward is not easy but this [M.J. Duggan] has done with considerable success. His powerful running with the ball, devastating tackling and tireless covering has already made him a fine exponent of his new position.”

Summer 1967 Cricket review: “J. Duggan, also apparently a very average member of a poor second eleven last year, has conceded only thirty runs for his twenty-three overs and taken five wickets at an average of six.”

 

After Oakham

John studied Physical Sciences at Loughborough College. He was part of the Rutland Athletic team in 1967.

John was a winger for Leicester Rugby Football Club from 1970 to 1980. He appeared in 302 games and scored 158 tries (third on the club’s all-time list). He then was their Conditioning Coach from 1997 to 2004. He also played for Leicestershire and played a trial with the East Midlands against the touring All Blacks in 1973. He was selected with the Irish Wolfhounds in 1975 but never played for the International side. He later became a school teacher and taught at Southfields College, Lancaster School and Ellesmere College in Leicester. In 2018 he was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for service to disability school sport.

Charles William John Tassell

(b. 14th January 1953)

 

Life at Oakham

Charles was at Oakham School from 1966 to 1972. He was in School House.

  • Rugby Colts XV: Winter 1967.
  • Rugby Senior Colts XV: Winter 1968.
  • Rugby 2nd XV: Winter 1969.
  • Rugby 1st XV: at prop, awarded Colours – Winter 1970; Winter 1971.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1970 - Charles is standing in the third row, second from the left.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1971 - Charles is sat on the far right.

  • Swimming three lengths breast stroke (under 16): 2nd place – Summer 1967; 2nd place - Summer 1968.
  • Swimming one and a half lengths breast stroke (under 16): 2nd place – Summer 1967.
  • Swimming intermediate (under 16) team: Summer 1968.

Oakham School Magazine Reviews

Winter 1970 Rugby review: “For much of the season the performance of the pack has been depressingly uninspired but since half-term they have played with more aggression and spirit. None more so than C.W.J. Tassell whose fire and determination increases with each game and his example is now followed by others.”

Winter 1971 Rugby review: “At prop, Charles Tassell has been a tower of strength, always giving his utmost. He does have an unfortunate tendency to hang onto the ball a little too long at times but makes up for this with tremendous drive.”

 

After Oakham

Charles appeared for the Leicester Rugby Football Club in the 1974/1975 and 1975/1976 seasons as a forward. He later played for Nottingham Rugby.

Charles married Harriet Ward in 1979 and they had a son in 1982.

Ian M. Bridgwood

(b. 10th September 1960)

Ian on the 1977 Rugby tour to Japan.

Life at Oakham

Ian attended Oakham School from 1973 to 1978. He was a boarder in Hodge Wing, Johnsons and School House.

  • Rugby Bantams XV: Winter 1973.
  • Rugby Junior Colts (under 14) XV: Winter 1974.
  • Rugby Colts XV: awarded Colours - Winter 1975.
  • Rugby Senior Colts XV: Winter 1976.
  • Rugby 2nd XV: Winter 1976.
  • Rugby 1st XV: awarded Club Colours – Winter 1976; tour to Japan – Summer 1977; awarded School Colours – Winter 1977.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1977 - Ian is standing on the far right.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV in Japan - Ian is at the front, fifth from the right.

  • County Rugby: Leicestershire R.F.U. U16 – Winter 1976.
  • Football 2nd XI: Spring 1978.
  • Football 1st XI: Spring 1978.
  • Rugby Senior Colts Sevens: Spring 1977.

Oakham School Senior Colts VII, 1977 - Ian is standing on the far left.

Oakham School Magazine Reviews

Winter 1975 Rugby review: “Bridgwood, the hooker, who despite having six different props, has always given great support in all facets of the game.”

Winter 1976 Rugby review: “Hooker has been a problem all season but finally Ian Bridgwood came up from the senior Colts; he is a fast striker and displayed good all-round forward skills.”

Winter 1977 Rugby review: “Ian Bridgwood had an indifferent start, but a good game at Uppingham transformed him and on top form, he has a future at club level.”

Spring 1978 Football review: “Ian Bridgwood proved to be a determined and reliable central defender.”

 

After Oakham

Ian studied at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. In 1976, while still at school, he played for the Leicestershire Schools RFU Under 16 XV. He first played for the Tigers in the 1979/1980 season and then for Stoneygate RFC. He even captained their 1st XV from 1991 to 1993.

Peter Temple Sly

(12th October 1960 - 8th August 1995)

Peter Temple Sly (far let) watching the cricket.

 

Life at Oakham

Peter attended Oakham School from 1971 to 1977. He was a boarder in Peterborough House then moved to Deanscroft and School House.

  • Rugby Junior Bantams XV: Spring 1972.
  • Rugby Bantams XV: Winter 1972; Captain - Winter 1973.
  • Rugby Junior Colts XV: Winter 1974.
  • Rugby Colts XV: Winter 1975.

Oakham School Rugby Colts XV, 1975 - Peter is sat second from the right.

  • Rugby Senior Colts XV: Captain – Winter 1976; won the final of the Leicestershire Cup – Spring 1977.
  • Rugby 2nd XV: Winter 1976; Winter 1977.

Oakham School Rugby 2nd XV, 1975 - Peter is standing at the back, second from the left.

  • Rugby 1st XV: awarded Full Colours – Winter 1977; part of the tour to Japan – Winter 1977.

The Japan Tour party, 1977 - Peter is standing at the back, in the centre.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV in Japan - Peter is standing second from the right.

  • County Rugby: Leicestershire Schools U16 – Winter 1976.
  • Cricket under 13 XI: Summer 1972; Captain – Summer 1973.
  • Cricket under 14 XI: Summer 1974.
  • Cricket under 15 XI: Summer 1975.
  • Cricket under 16 XI: Summer 1976.
  • Cricket 1st XI: Summer 1976; Summer 1977.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1976 - Peter is standing second from the left.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1977 - Peter is standing second from the left.

  • Football 2nd XI: Spring 1975; Spring 1976.

Oakham School Football 2nd XI, 1975 - Peter is standing at the back on the right.

  • Football 1st XI: awarded Club Colours – Spring 1977.

Oakham School Football 1st XI, 1977 - Peter is standing second from the right.

  • Squash Colts V: Winter 1975 – Spring 1976; Winter 1976; Captain – Spring 1977.

Oakham School Squash Colts V, 1976 - Peter is standing on the left.

Oakham School Squash Colts V, 1977 - Peter is sat in the centre.

  • Squash 1st V: Spring 1977.

Oakham School Squash 1st V, 1977 - Peter is standing in the centre.

  • Rugby Senior Colts Sevens: Spring 1977.
  • Rugby 1st VII: Spring 1978.
  • Basketball Colts: Summer 1977.

Oakham School Magazine Reviews

Winter 1974 Rugby review: “Peter Sly at fly-half has controlled play admirably with his boot and handling; he reads the game well.”

Winter 1975 Rugby review: “Of the backs, only Sly has looked a sound performer; his tackling has improved considerably, but he is still inclined to try to kick too far from the dead-ball situation, rather than playing safe.”

Spring 1976 Football review: “Sly was obviously talented but did not always relish the hard tackling that was on offer.”

Winter 1976 Rugby review: “The side has been captained by Sly, first from full-back, but lately from fly-half, and he managed an excellent job.”

Spring 1977 Football review: “Peter Sly, the stop-gap full-back, surprised everyone with his skill and adaptability, for he quickly matured into a fully-fledged 1st XI player. However, he must learn to cope directly with the high ball played at him by the opposition.”

Spring 1977 Squash review: “Peter Sly’s greatest weakness must have been himself, for often he played himself into excellent positions only for a careless error to surrender the match; yet he has played well for the Colts over several seasons and, if he returns, will be a useful addition to the senior team next winter.”

Summer 1977 Cricket review: “the left-handler Sly, whose batting is improving match by match, and who can drive the bowler back over his head as well as most; again, he must learn to control his stroke play, and not to show the batsmen just how frightened he can be!”

Winter 1977 Rugby review: “Peter Sly began at fly-half but found problems with his alignment and was much happier at full-back. He played some very sound games in this latter position especially just before half-term. He must learn to concentrate for the whole game and thus eradicate casual errors.” “Sly, when available from the 1st XV, played well and scored a memorable five tries against Bromsgrove.”

Winter 1977 Squash review: “So long as his opponent played on his backhand, Peter Sly, in his last term in the side, was happy, but he had a strange inability to manufacture his shot on the forehand, with wayward foot movement being particularly to blame; but his backhand drive was a cracker, and his excellent service to squash led to the award of Club Colours.”

 

After Oakham

Peter gained a Diploma in Agriculture from Holbeach and went to work in Farming. While at school he played for the Leicestershire Schools RFU Under 16 XV in 1976. He first played for the Leicester Tigers as a Colt before graduating to the senior sides. He left to New Zealand in 1985-1986 and when he returned to England, he went to play rugby for Spalding and captained their team in 1990. He won 75 caps for Lincolnshire and was also the fly-half for the Three Counties (Notts, Lincs, Derbys). He was also a keen cricketer and played for Spalding. He won the league in 1978 and was captain in 1984. He became a Senior professional in 1995.

Peter tragically died in a farming accident on 8th August 1995.

Mark Grant

(b. 29th October 1967)

Life at Oakham

Mark was at Oakham School from 1981 to 1985. He was a boarder in Deanscroft and School House.

  • Rugby under 14 XV: Winter 1981.
  • Rugby Colts ‘A’ XV: Captain – Winter 1982.
  • Rugby Colts ‘B’ XV: Winter 1982.
  • Rugby 1st XV: awarded Club Colours - Winter 1983; awarded School Colours – Winter 1984.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1983 - Mark is standing in the centre.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1984 - Mark is sat third from the right.

  • County Rugby: Representative Honours for East Leicestershire – Winter 1981; East Midlands Schools U16 Honours - Winter 1983; played for Leicestershire Schools and East Midlands – Winter 1984.
  • Rugby U19: Spring 1985.
  • Tennis Colts: Summer 1982; Summer 1983.
  • Tennis 1st VI: played in the Public Schools Knockout Cup at Wimbledon - Summer 1983; awarded Club Colours - Summer 1984; awarded Full Colours & Leicestershire County Champion with Michael Morcos – Summer 1985.
  • Rugby Seven-a-side Colts: Spring 1983.
  • Football 1st XI: Summer 1984; part of the Trinidad and Tobago tour – Spring 1985; Summer 1985.

Oakham School Football 1st XI, 1984 - Mark is standing fifth from the right.

  • Hockey 3rd XI: Summer 1985.

 

  • Secretary of the Business Studies Association: Spring 1984 – Sumer 1985.

Oakham School Magazine Review

Winter 1981 Rugby review: “Behind them was the real quality in the side – two very promising second row forwards: Mark Grant and Simon Crowe, who could dominate line-outs and also be seen to very good effect around the field.”

Spring 1983 Rugby Sevens review: “the power and drive of Mark Grant have been most efficient both in attack and in defence.”

Winter 1983 Rugby review: “Mark Grant was the ‘baby’ of the side but played strongly at lock and won much ball at the back of the line-out. He is a fine prospect for next season.”

Summer 1984 Tennis review: “Mark Grant who had been a steady played in the Colts the previous year teamed up with Michael Morcos in the later part of the season and they became a formidable team reaching the final of the Leicestershire Schools Championships, only to lose by two sets to one. They proved to be well suited to each other’s game and next year should be outstanding.”

Spring & Summer 1985 Football review: “a new central defensive pairing of Skipper Charles Welch and Mark Grant always looked solid, and their thoughtful distribution of the ball often turned defence into attack most effectively.”

Spring & Summer 1985 Tennis review: “The first pair of grant and Morcos were outstanding and fully deserved their win in the County Championships. They set a fine example to the rest of the side both on and off the court.”

 

After Oakham

Mark went to study a HND Agriculture at Harper Adams.

He started playing for the Leicester Tigers in 1988 and was their regular No.8 until 1994. he was part of the group who played against the Barbarians in December 1990. He was injured in 1994 and missed most of the season.

Lewis Moody

(b. 12th June 1978)

Lewis Moody in his England U18 jersey.

Life at Oakham

Lewis was at school from 1989 to 1996. He was in Peterborough House then moved to Wharflands and School House.

  • Rugby Jerwoods 1st XV: Winter 1989; Winter 1990.
  • Rugby Jerwoods Colts XV: Winter 1989; Captain – Spring 1990.
  • Rugby Junior Colts: Winter 1990; Spring 1991.
  • Rugby Colts XV & Under 15 XV: Winter 1992.
  • Rugby under 16 XV: scored eleven tries - Winter 1993.

Oakham School Rugby U16 XV, 1993 - Lewis is standing fourth from the right.

  • County Rugby: selected for Leicestershire Schools and the East Midlands – Winter 1993; Midlands trials – Winter 1994; selected for Leicestershire under 18: Winter 1995; Midlands Schools under 18 XV: Winter 1995.
  • Rugby 1st XV: a flanker - Winter 1994; Captain & School Colours – Winter 1995; Honours Cap – Spring 1996.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1995 - Lewis is sat in the centre.

  • Rugby England ‘A’ under 18 squad: Winter 1994 – Spring 1995.

Lewis (left) playing for England U18 in 1996, with fellow Oakhamian Ben Wheeler selected in the U16 squad.

  • Rugby Sevens Jerwoods VII: Spring 1990; winner of the 17th Oakham Preparatory Schools Seven-a-side Competition – Spring 1991.

Oakham School Jerwoods Rugby Sevens team, 1990 - Lewis is at the front on the far left.

  • Hockey under 12 Jerwoods Colts: Spring 1990.
  • Hockey Junior Colts B XI: Summer 1992.
  • Cricket Jerwoods Colts: Captain - Summer 1990.
  • Cricket Jerwoods 1st XI: Shared Captaincy - Summer 1991.
  • Cricket under 15 XI: Summer 1993.
  • Cricket 2nd XI: Summer 1996.
  • Squash Jerwoods: Winter 1990; Spring 1991.
  • Swimming Junior team: Summer 1992; new school record Under 14 4x25yards medley relay (2:09.5), with P. Nicholas, B. Nelson and N. Harrity.
  • Football 2nd XI: Spring 1994.
  • Football 1st XI: Spring 1995.
  • Athletics Senior team: Summer 1994; Summer 1995; Summer 1996.

Lewis (centre) competiting at Sports Day in 1994 for Wharflands.

 

  • Anderson Award: Speech Day 1996.
  • Drama: played Baron Guy in the Jerwoods House Drama “Robin Hood – Tales from Sherwood Forest” – Winter 1989.
  • C.C.F.: Army section.

Lewis at the C.C.F. Camp in 1996.

Oakham School Magazine Reviews

Winter 1990 Rugby Review: “Lewis Moody was a tower of strength at centre especially in defence and has a promising future.”

Summer 1991 Cricket Review: “Lewis Moody worked hard to play much straighter as the season progressed, and he made valuable scores against Kimbolton and Stamford.”

Summer 1993 Cricket review: “The side had three seam bowlers. Moody was the fastest and could bowl excellent deliveries, and in the last match he did perform the fast bowling classic – a bumper that wrung the batsman’s hands, and then the fast worker next ball to take the middle stump.”

Spring 1994 Football review: “the acrobatic Lewis Moody in goal”.

Summer 1996 Athletics report: “Special mention should go to Lewis Moody who could fill in at any event and still manage to win.”

Winter 1996 Cricket report: “Superb decisions: Lewis Moody to bowl; Paul Ryan to open. Moody, ‘the quickest bowler in schoolboy cricket’, demolished Uppingham batsmen”.

 

After Oakham

Lewis went on to study Sports Studies at De Montfort University, Leicester. He joined the Leicester Tigers after school. On 14th September 1996 he became the Tigers’ youngest league player (at 18 years and 94 days). He played for the Tigers until 2010, before moving to Bath.

In his International career, Lewis toured Australia and New Zealand with the Senior England Team in 1998 and played for England Under 21 in 2000. He won his first full England cap against Canada on 2nd June 2001 and played for the National team until 2011. Lewis was part of the England team in 2003 and went on to win the World Cup. He was later selected for the British and Irish Lions in 2005 in New Zealand. He retired from rugby in 2012.

Lewis has visited the school several times since leaving in 1997. He was even the OO Club President in 2011-2012.

Lewis at the Lower School Sports Day in 2001.

Benjamin Wheeler

(b. 14th December 1979)

Ben starting his school career in Haywoods in 1993.

Life at Oakham

Ben was at school from 1993 to 1998. He was in Haywoods then moved to School House.

  • Rugby under 14 XV: Winter 1993.
  • Rugby under 15 A XV: Captain – Winter 1994.
  • Rugby under 16 A XV: Captain – Winter 1995.
  • Rugby 1st XV: Vice-Captain, playing at no.8 - Winter 1996; Captain – Winter 1997; part of the Rugby and Girls’ Hockey our of South America – Summer 1998.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1996 - Ben is sat third from the right.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1997 - Ben is sat in the centre.

Ben (right) as Captain of the Rugby 1st XV, with Martin Johnson and William Hague MP.

Ben in action with the Rugby 1st XV in 1997.

Tour party to South America, 1998 - Ben is sat in the second row, fifth from the left.

  • County Rugby: selected in the East Leicestershire under 14 Rugby team – Winter 1993.; Midlands under 16 Captain – Spring 1996; Leicestershire under 18 XV – Winter 1996; Midlands team – Spring 1998.
  • Rugby England under 16 ‘A’: Captain - Spring 1996.

Ben as the Captain of England U16, 1996.

  • Hockey under 14 XI: Spring 1994; Leicestershire – Winter 1995.
  • Cricket under 14 A XI: Captain – Summer 1994.
  • Cricket under 15 A XI: Captain – Summer 1995.
  • Cricket 1st XI: Summer 1995; Summer 1996; Summer 1997; Summer 1998.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1996 - Ben is standing fifth from the left.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 1998 - Ben is sat fourth from the left.

  • Cricket 2nd XI: Summer 1996.

 

After Oakham

Ben went to study Sports Science at Loughborough.

Michael Holford

(b. 11th August 1982)

Michael Holford in Haywoods in 1999.

Life at Oakham

Michael was at school from 1998 to 2001. He was a border in Haywoods then moved to School House.

  • County Rugby: Leicestershire U18 – Winter 1998; Midlands squad – Winter 1998.
  • Rugby 1st XV: Winter 1998; Winter 1999; Captain & undefeated side (the third in the school’s history) – Winter 2000.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1998 - Michael is on the far right.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 1999 - Michael is standing third from the right.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 2000 - Michael is sat in the centre.

Haywoods boys past and present playing in the Rugby 1st XV, 2000 - Michael is sat in the centre.

The Rugby 1st XV in action, 2000 - Michael is fourth from the right.

The three undefeated Rugby 1st XV at a special dinner - Michael in at the front, third from the left.

The 2000-2001 undefeated Rugby 1st XV - Michael is at the front, fourth from the right.

  • Tigers: rugby scholar from Leicester Tigers – Winter 1998; played for the Tigers U19 side, Midlands and Northern Division combined U18 side.
  • Rugby England Schools U18: first cap on 27 March 1998 at Twickenham against France; played against Wales – Spring 2000.

 

Michael representing England Schools U18, with fellow Oakhamian Mark Meenan representing Ireland U18.

  • Anderson Award for Outstanding promise in any field: Speech Day 2000.
  • Honours Cap: Speech Day 2001.

Michael (third from the left) and the Speech Day Sport Cap winners, 2001.

 

After Oakham

Michael played as a prop for the Leicester Tigers for 10 years, between 1997 and 2007. He then moved to London Wasps, London Welsh and Nottingham Rugby.

Matthew Cornwell

(b. 16th January 1985)

Life at Oakham

Matt was at school from 2001 to 2003. He was a Day Boy in Clipsham then moved to School House.

School House, 2003 - Matt is in the middle row, sixth from the left.

His achievements at school are listed below:

  • Rugby 1st XV: unbeaten side - Winter 2001; won Daily Mail Cup & try scorer in the final – Spring 2002; unbeaten side – Winter 2002; Daily Mail Cup winner - Spring 2003.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 2001 - Matt is standing at the back on the far left.

Oakham School squad for the semi-final of the Daily Mail Cup, 2002 - Matt is standing at the back, fourth from the right.

The 2002 Daily Mail Cup winners - Matt is sat third from the left.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 2002 - Matt is sat second from the right.

Oakham School squad for the semi-final of the Daily Mail Cup, 8th March 2003 - Matt is at the front second from the left.

  • Rugby England Schools under 18 : Spring 2002; Winter 2002.

Matt (right) in his England U18 jersey, with Tom Gregory (left) and Joe Wheeler (centre) in 2002.

  • Athletics Senior team: Summer 2002; 2nd place javelin and shot putt – Sports Day 2002.

Oakham School Athletics team, 2002 - Matt is at the back, second from the right.

  • Cricket 2nd XI: Summer 2003.

Oakham School Magazine Review

Winter 2001 Rugby report: “The Stamford match saw Wheeler, yet again, score a few more tries from the deadly driven lineouts, and Cornwell make two excellent counterattacks, finishing off in tries.”

Spring 2003 Daily Mail Cup report: “It came from a break by Cornwell, who sold their backs a dummy, after the third phase of forward work had created space.” “Cornwell then put in  a high chip and caught it, winning a scrummage.” “It began with a free kick taken by Boyce, who passed it deftly to Cornwell, who launched a stratospheric high ball that was superbly caught by Matt Smith.” “the boot and the guile of Matt Cornwell.”

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV at Twickenham for the 2002 Daily Mail Cup final - Matt is in the middle.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV won the 2002 Daily Mail Cup final - Matt is standing third from the right.

 

After Oakham

Matt played as a centre for the Tigers for six years, between 2002 and 2008, and came back in 2012-2013. He also played for Exeter Chiefs, Northampton Saints and Mogliano and San Dona Clubs in Italy. He was appointed the Tigers’ First team Manager from 2015 to 2017. He is now Head of Rugby Operations at Edinburgh Rugby.

At age grade, Matt was selected with the England Under 18s. He also captained the England Under 21 team.

Cover of the Oakhamian Magazine, Spring term 2006.

Thomas Croft

(b. 7th November 1985)

Life at Oakham

Tom was at school from 2002 to 2004. He was a border in Haywoods then moved to School House.

  

(Left)Tom with the Haywoods boys (far left). (Right) Tom in the Haywoods water-polo team (third from right).

School House, 2004 - Tom is standing at the back in the centre.

His achievements at school are listed below:

  • Rugby 1st XV: as second row & unbeaten side - Winter 2002; won the Daily Mail Cup – Spring 2003; Captain – Winter 2003.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 2002 - Tom is standing in the middle row, fourth from the left.

Oakham School squad for the semi-final of the Daily Mail Cup against Campion School, 8th March 2003 - Tom is standing fifth from the right.

  • Rugby England: U17 cap against Italy – Spring 2003; selected for the England Schools’ U18 side – Summer 2003; trials – Winter 2003.

England U18 squad to play against Wales, 2004 - Tom is standing in the centre.

  • Hockey 3rd XI: Spring 2003.
  • Athletics Senior team: won the Individual Athlete of the year award – Sports Day 2003; shot putt & undefeated – Summer 2003; shot putt new school record (13m 66cm) – Summer 2004; discuss best performance of the season (31m 92cm) – Summer 2004; School Colours – Summer 2004.

Haywoods team at Sports Day, 2003 - Tom is standing at the back, fourth from the right.

  • Cricket 2nd XI: Summer 2004.

 

  • Oakhamian Magazine: contributed to the article “A long way from home – working as a Gap student at Oakham School” in the Winter 2003 edition.
  • Honours Cap: Speech Day 2004.
  • Cap for Outstanding Service to the School in Rugby Football: Speech Day 2004.

Oakham School Magazine Reviews

Spring 2003 Daily Mail Cup final report: “Croft who was brilliant throughout the game, took the ball in the line-out and the team work perfected over many years put the captain, Joe Wheeler, over for the first try of his hat-trick.” “The lead was re-established after excellent support play by Croft, Wheeler and Green and was followed by another line-out. Croft rose imperiously to catch and set up the lightning quick drive that gave Wheeler his third.” “the catching, jumping and driving runs of Tom Croft.”

  

In the changing rooms at Twickenham before the final of the 2003 Daily Mail Cup.

Tom (far left) in action in the final of the 2003 Daily Mail Cup.

 

After Oakham

Tom joined the Tigers Academy whilst at school and played in 173 matches with the senior team from 2005 to 2017. He scored 27 tries for the club.

Tom was selected to play in the England Under 17 and Under 18 squads. He won his first England cap in the 2008 Six Nations and played in the National team until 2015. He went on the 2009 Lions Tour to South Africa and the 2013 Lions Tour to Australia. He retired from the game in 2017. 

Cover of the Oakhamian Magazine, Spring term 2006.

Matthew Smith

(b. 15th November 1985)

Matt Smith receiving a trophy at the Lower School Sports Day.

Life at Oakham

Matt attended Oakham School from 1997 to 2004. He was a Day boy in Peterborough House, Clipsham and then School House.

Peterborough House, 1998 - Matt is at the back, second from the right.

Peterborough House, 1999 - Matt is in the middle row on the left.

School House, 2004 - Matt is up in the fourth row, seventh from the right.

His achievements at school are listed below:

  • Rugby under 13 XV: winner of the Leicestershire Schools County Cup - Winter 1997 & Spring 1998; Winter 1998.

Oakham School Rugby under 13, 1997 - Matt is at the front on the far right.

Oakham School Rugby under 13, 1998 winners of the U13 Leicestershire Schools County Cup - Matt is third from the right.

  • Rugby under 14 A XV: Winter 1999.
  • Rugby under 15 A XV: Winter 2000.
  • Ruby under 16 A XV: Winter 2001.
  • Rugby 1st XV: undefeated side - Winter 2002; winner of the Daily Mail Cup – Spring 2003; Winter 2003.

Oakham School Rugby 1st XV, 2002 - Matt is standing in the second row, second from the left.

Oakham School squad for the semi-final of the Daily Mail Cup against Campion School, 8th March 2003 - Matt is standing third from the right.

  • Rugby England Schools U18 trials: Winter 2003.
  • County Rugby: Midlands – Summer 2004.
  • Hockey under 14 A: winner of the Midlands Youth final - Spring 2000.
  • Hockey under 15 A XI: Spring 2001.
  • Hockey under 16 A XI: Spring 2002.
  • Hockey 1st XI: Spring 2003; Spring 2004.
  • Cricket under 12 XI: Summer 1998.
  • Cricket Jerwoods 1st XI: Summer 1999.
  • Cricket under 14 A XI: Summer 2000.
  • Crickey under 15 A XI: Summer 2001.
  • Cricket under 16 XI: Captain – Summer 2001.
  • Cricket 1st XI: Summer 2003; Summer 2004.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 2003 - Matt is standing in the centre.

Oakham School Cricket 1st XI, 2004 - Matt is standing third from the left.

  • Athletics: two new school records – Sports Day 1998; long jump new record Jerwoods (4.70m); Victor Ludorum and winner of all his events, including the 4x100m relay - Sports Day 2003; new school record 200m (22.1sec) – Sports Day 2004.

Matt competing in the Lower School Sports Day.

  • Clipsham Colts Steeplechase team: won Intermediate team Trophy Spring 2000; Spring 2001.
  • Steeplechase: Individual Intermediate Trophy – Spring 2001.

 

  • Fourth Form Challenge: winner with Owen Cheverton, Robin Ockleford and Alex Swart-Wilson – Summer 2001.
  • Head of House (Clipsham): Winter 2002-Summer 2003.
  • Fielding Cup Award: Summer 2003.
  • Business Studies Prize: Speech Day 2004.

Oakham School Magazine Reviews

Spring 2003 Daily Mail Cup report: “Matt Smith showed vision and skill to put pressure on the blue and whites, again setting up a period of sustained and inventive rugby.” “Paul Cook’s teasing kick and chase gave him space to pass inside to Matt Smith who stayed strong in the tackle and sprinted in to score from ten yards.” “the powerful running and determined tackling of Matt Smith”.

Spring & Summer 2004 Cricket overview: “One of the most uncomplicated, natural and accomplished cricketers also leaves Oakham Cricket with great memories. Matt Smith was largely untarnished and un-coached, and his cultured hands and reading of the game made him a very difficult proposition for opposition bowlers. He can bat, field and bowl as well as any in the side and is a fine wicket keeper as well. Invariably under pressure he came through.”

 

After Oakham

Matt studied Management at Nottingham. He joined the Tigers Junior Academy when he was 14. He played his first professional game in 2006. In his 14 years with the Leicester Tigers, Matt played 227 games and scored 30 tries. He retired from the game in 2019 and is now Head coach of the Academy.