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Crows On The Road

Next Up: The Valley Of Rugby Town FC

Crows at Rugby Town FC, Evo-Stik League Southern Central Division 1

Kick Off: 3:00pm, Saturday 17th November 2012

Butlin Road, Rugby, Warwickshire  CV21 3SD


So, after Saturdays tremendous win against the SYCOB’s of Beaconsfield, which was secured by a thunderous strike from Luke Robins and a Caroline Scott lucky wee for the second match this season! We have decided to fill Caroline up with gallons of water every match she now attends. The title will be secured, as will a huge water bill!

Now we go to Rugby, the town that gave us egg chasing. I can tell you more though! Apart from William Web Ellis’s introduction to that wuss sport, Rugby is famous for being the birth place of the Jet Engine, designed by Frank Whittle. In 1840 the town became an important railway junction for freight and passengers between Birmingham and London.

Famous residents include Arthur Bostrom of ‘allo ‘allo fame, you know the guy? Officer Crabtree. His famous catchphrase of “I was just pissing round the corner” lives on to this day, at least it does in my home. I lead a very sad life do I not? Also from these parts are the band “Spaceman 3”…..yep never heard of them either, but they had a massive hit with the EP, Transparent Radiation, what a happy joyous song to pen.

But onto that almost as famous football club……………………..



You would have thought with their sporting heritage that the club would have been around for as long as Bruce Forsyth, about 150 years, but no fellow Crows, you would be wrong to assume that.

They were formed in September 1956 under the name Valley Sports, what a quaint name indeed and what a year too. The British Spies Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean resurfaced in the USSR and US Boxing champion Rocky Marciano retires without ever losing a professional fight. He was infinitely better than Herbie Hyde then!

Their first competitive match was in the Rugby and District league and here they stayed until the club was moved to Coventry, sent to Coventry more like, those naughty little ilk’s!

In 1971, the same year that Rolls Royce went bankrupt, the club changed its name to Valley Sports Rugby. Getting closer Crows, getting closer. They were playing in the United Counties League with mid table finishes throughout apart from a third place finish in 1973. What a special year that was, the moon moved direction, Venus could be seen with the naked eye, statues in Washington DC apparently started moving and Jez was born.

Rugby Town the original team (are you confused yet fellow Crows, because I am positively dizzy with confusion) folded and Valley Sports became the number 1 team in the town. Here they took advantage of the situation and changed their name to VS Rugby and transferred to that mighty league of the time, the West Midland League. This all happened in 1974. Two years later they entered the FA Cup for the very first time. They were not in it for very long as Bilston knocked them out 4-1. Bilston. What a town fellow Crows, your very own Jez was born and brought up here. I can remember being dragged along to the Wolves at a very young age by my Wolves crazy grandmother. “Yow will be a Wunderer lad yow now”. Translated into soft southern speak “You will be a Wanderer lad, you know.”

In 1981, Jimmy Know was appointed manager and after 10 defeats in 11 games his position was looking precarious. However the Board of VS Rugby kept the faith in true Alex Ferguson/Man United stylie and they were rewarded with interest. Sir Jimmy led “The Valley” to FA Vase success beating local rivals Halesowen Town in the final at Wembley. They also gained promotion into the Southern League.

In 1985 they reached the first round proper of the FA Cup, eliminating such greats as Berkampstead, Avlechurch, Wembley and Stourbridge, before bowing out to Northampton Town after a close fought replay. “Cobblers!” their fans must have been thinking.

They reached this round again in 1986 with wins against Stowmarket Town, Hitchin Town, Corby and Stourbridge before Leyton Orient became their nemesis this time.

When Jimmy Knox left in 1992, their fortunes plummeted. VS Rugby were relegated and then eventually forced into Liquidation.

In the year 2000 when Bill Clinton became the first sitting US President to visit Vietnam, bet that was a hot reception, VS Rugby reformed and joined the Midland Combination League Division Two. They finished second in their first season and gained promotion to the first division. The following year they won this very comfortably.

In 2005 they are promoted to the Southern League Premier Division and stayed for 5 years before relegation followed in 2010.


Their Season So Far

Slow burners spring to mind with only 4 points secured out of their first 5 games, the pressure was on with one of the pre-season favourites. 21 points secured out of a possible 30 points including a very impressive 6-1 demolition of surprise package Guildford City has shown their intentions. This game presents a very tough ask for our young Crows and with injuries and suspensions a win in deepest darkest Warwickshire should send a massive warning shot across the bows of our rivals.


Ones to Watch

Without question I must start with the danger man “Big” Dave Kolondynski. Dave has 6 goals so far this season. Previous clubs include Cambridge City, who most Lilywhites fans were gutted to see him leave. He struck up an excellent partnership with our Craig Hammond. He will always be “our Craig” in a non-creepy sense. So Mr Hammond, if you are reading this, you don’t have a stalker. But these two guys found the net 48 times between them. A real danger this lad.

Partnering him up front, we should expect to see the exotically named Seb Laskin-Gaskin. Exotic and not erotic you cheeky Crows. Sebo has 8 goals this season. Strong and pacey, this lad has a real future in the game. Scouted by the mighty mighty Wolves, he has chosen to stay on and not sample the delights of the Golden Palace………just yet, give it time. Wolverhampton or Rugby? I know who I would choose!

Apart from a poor performance against Godalming Town FC, David Bevan in goal brings a vast amount of experience between the posts. Strong and commanding, this chap is an excellent shot stopper. During his time at Ilkeston Town he became a fans favourite and I can tell you from experience, he mixes a mean cocktail. I know from experience. When I was with the wrong woman a few years back and was going through a horrible horrible break up, a sympathetic Dave and I went through several pitchers of his favourite concoction. I slept for about 48 hours afterwards. No hangover mind you! Former clubs do include that lot in Birmingham decked in claret and blue, Tamworth and Bedworth.


The Gaffer

When I saw that Dave Stringer was the manager, I thought….. My god, is he still around, the former Norwich, Coventry and Cambridge United manager? But I was wrong and that does not happen that often….nah nah nah! But this Dave Stinger was appointed manager in May 2011 following Martin Sockett’s sacking.

Dave was previously the manager to Shepshed Dynamo and Coalville Town. Previously a player at “The Valley” he made 38 appearances. Previous clubs as a player include Nuneaton, Atherstone, Bedworth, Bolehill, Barwell and RC Warwick. I’ve only heard of two of those and I’m a geek when it comes to non-league football. I’m obviously destined to be single for the rest of my life!


Have We Met Before

I’ve checked the websites, paper archives, television websites, stalked players, managers and waitresses and can say with confidence that we have never met. So If I am proved wrong, then there must be a sadder football geek than me. My crown will be passed on.


How To Get There

I now have a new Sat Nav system, but until it’s tried and tested, please don’t rely on my personal directions, so here they are from the Official Rugby Town website, so you can blame them for any traffic disasters!!!

Exit the M6, Junction 1 (or M1, Junction 19), and follow signs towards Rugby (first exit on the roundabout). Then go straight over the next two roundabouts until you come to a main ‘Mr Kipling’ Roundabout. Take the first exit on the roundabout, which follows downhill to a mini-roundabout, where you should carry straight on.

You should come past housing on both sides of the road before a large field, however, you should continue along this road (Boughton Road/Butlers Leap) until you come to its end at a T-Junction.

Turn right here, and continue up the hill past the golf course on the left and take the second left turning, which is at a mini roundabout (Butlin Road). Carry on down here until you come to cemetery gates when you should take a left turn at the top of the road and then a quick right, but the ground will be in view already.


Match Day Information

Adults: £8.00

Concessions: £4.00

Programme; £2.00

Jez Izod