Originally the Club was
formed in 1961 for employees of Post Office Telephones, (as it was called
in those days), and members of the Bristol Telephones Recreation Association.
It was down to a man named Jeff Roffey that the Club came about in the
first place. He badgered people, (including myself!),into joining the Club and was very successful
in talking members to turn up every week!
The Club started it's playing days at the Civil Service Club in Filton
Avenue, Bristol and was just along the road from the Memorial Ground.
Now the Club is an open Club and we are always pleased to see new or old
members coming along - they usually stay!
The Club played at the
Filton ground for many years until it was decided to go for a new ground
which would be owned by BTRA and the old Gas Board ground turned up at
the right time even though the clubhouse itself was falling apart! Many
voluntary members of rugby and football turned up and helped re-build
the place which, even though it wasn't a palace, it was sufficient for
our needs and we could do our own thing!
This situation remained
for a number of years until one night in the month of June the place caught
fire and the majority of the building was destroyed. Luckily the clubhouse
at the other end of the SWEB playing fields was being leased by Bristol
Glaziers and they allowed us to use their facilities on a Saturday which
we were very grateful for and provided a roof over our heads until one
glorious day in November we moved back to the other end into our new clubhouse.
(Many thanks to Andy Weymouth who coerced and prodded until it was completed!).
Even the Clerk of Works for the job ended up playing for us!
Two of our founder members,
Bernie Nicholas and John Troote are regulary up at the Club marking out
the pitch and doing other odd jobs around the place. Even though they're
both retired now they still pull their weight !
our fiftieth season in 2011! That was some celebration and let's hope
we're all here to celebrate our Diamond Year in 2021!
Yours in Union, Dave Rees (Vice-President)