Memorial game starts 80th anniversary year

Tom Amos, Alan Leach, Eric Curtis and Mike Cook
Tom Amos, Alan Leach, Eric Curtis and Mike Cook

Saturday, August 31 will be a day to remember at Buckingham Rugby Club as the annual Kirk Nokes Memorial Game coincides with the opening of a new kitchen and the start of the club’s 80th anniversary year.

The 2.30pm Kirk Nokes Memorial is a regular fixture between Buckingham and Bicester played by the previous seasons Colts, Thirds, Vets and players who came through juniors and into seniors with Kirk, one of four people who died after a tragic road accident in 2008.

Saturday will also see both sides’ U13s facing on the pitch before, at 5pm, Buckingham’s first team face Beaconsfield in their last pre-season encounter.

A barbecue, tombola and auction will be held alongside the action on the pitch before, from 7.30pm, a disco and live music from Firing Line will run into the evening. Tickets, priced £5, will be available on the evening with all proceeds goin g to the Kirk Nokes Memorial Fund.

The new season celebrations follow a Buckingham tour to Bulgaria in May which has resulted in the club preparing to send equipment to one of the teams they faced.

Post protectors, flags and poles will be sent to Sofia Barbarians after the Buckingham group witnessed facilities including wood chippings for line markings and traffic cones as corner flags. Forty one members from the three senior teams made the trip.

Pictured with equipment, from left, is Tom Amos, Alan Leach, Eric Curtis and Mike Cook.

>> A report in this week’s Advertiser & Review incorrectly said the memorial game is due to be held this Sunday, August 25. We apologise for the error.