Willer’s Wanderings: A big name but a short walk
Saturday saw me visit the club with what is thought to be the longest club name in English rugby.
West Hartlepool Technical Day School Old Boys Rugby Football Club or as they are more famously known throughout the county – Tech.
This was my shortest club visit of the season with the Tech Club and ground less than half a mile away from home.
Tech have had mixed fortunes in recent years. At their peak they were competing at level six playing in National League North One East. However, they succumb to damage as with no junior section to supply fresh playing talent they slipped down the leagues. As a result, they eventually they dropped out of league rugby and for a couple of seasons played no rugby at all.
Three years ago with a combination of senior former players and youngsters recruited form the local area, a team was put together to enter the Tees Valley League. After two years’ experience of playing in the Tees Valley League, this season they re-joined league rugby entering Durham Northumberland Division Three.
Tech have a squad of around thirty players and have fulfilled their full league programme and reached the final of the Durham County Junior cup which is due to be played later this month.
Coached by former players, Mick Ingham and Kevin Cooke they feel that this season has been one of progress and with the prospect of a number of new young players for the start of next season they are optimistic about the near future.
In the evening there was a birthday party for former Tech and Rovers back row, Billy Devonport. This brought lots of old rugby friends into the club and kept me there later than I had intended talking about past playing days.