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The legendary Cornwall V Durham 1908 County Championship Final at Redruth
Cornwall v Durham 1908
Cornwall won 17-3 with wing Barrie Bennetts (who also played for Devon Albion)
crossing for one of Cornwall's five tries

The Cornwall team (plus officials) that played Devon at Camborne 13th. November, 1954

Cornwall side 2nd. October, 1954

Standing L-R:
W. H. Gilmore (Cheshire) Referee, G. N. Pearce, G. Thomas, A. Bone, C. Williams,
C.R. 'Bonzo' Johns, T. Bidgood, G. Harris, R. Hosen, P. Cleaver (Pirates),
R.F.P. Carne, H. Stevens, L Clymo, W. H. Jose, B.G. Batten (Pirates)
Selector, H. Curnow.

Seated L-R:
J.F. Richards (Hon. Team and match Secretary), V.G. Roberts, R. Alan C. Barbary (Hon. Secretary),
J. Kendall-Carpenter (Pirates) Captain, W.F.J. Baker (President), J. M. Williams (Pirates), S.A. Hooper (Hon. Treasurer), L. Semmens, R. Carr (Pirates) Representative on the RFU.

J.T. Thomas (Pirates), D. Rogers.
J. T. Thomas mentioned is Johnny Thomas who was capped 22 times for Cornwall (1953-62), his first games played whilst still with the St. Ives club.

Cornwall team (plus officials) detail


1969 County Championship Final played at Redruth in 1969.
One of the most memorable county matches that 'Stack' played in was the 1969 County Championship Final played at Redruth in 1969.

It was 1908 all over again - the same interest, the same enthusiasm, with 23,000 packed into the Recreation ground.

However, the opponents this time were the strong Lancashire side captained by Jim Greenwood, England's leader of the period who is also the father of Will Greenwood.

Cornwall were 9-0 up at the break, but the Lancastrians came back strongly in the second period to sneak it 11-9. There were no Cornish excuses - the better side won.

Cornwall v Lancs 1969

Cornish players pictured above

L-R: Gerry McKeown, Roger Hosken, 'Stack', Colin 'Knocker' Kneebone (then of Penryn, but who did good deeds in later years when coaching our Colts), 'Bonzo' Johns and Roger Harris.

Can you recognise the two 'Pirates' in this Cornwall Schools U15s team of 45 years ago?

Cornwall U15 45 years ago

They are: 
Richard Evans President kneeling third from the right, with
Paul Greaves
- a Vice President -back-row fourth from the left! 

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