Buddy and Mike started playing at Quins under the captaincy of Roger Lucas in the 60’s. Quins in those days were a nomad club having played at Salmons Farm Stockwood, Windy Whitchurch Airport and Hengrove School.
After match festivities took place at various locations, Knowle Hotel, The Bush, The Yeoman, The Red Lion, The George, with regular singsongs at the Grosvenor Hotel on Temple Meads. Boxing Day sessions took place after our then, annual fixture against Bristol Wednesday, with a sing song at The Kings Arms on Blackboy Hill.
Mike was an electrician and worked alongside Graham Chunky Champ and Steve Tanner for a company that installed kitchens. When the Quins purchased their own ground and clubhouse, Buddy never forgot the ladies and installed a new kitchen at a very cheap price!!.
Like all of us Buddy enjoyed the Easter tours to Cornwall and Devon. In 1971, a few days after returning from our tour, Quins played and won the Combination Cup, after beating Old Bristolian’s in an epic final on the Memorial Ground. Buddy was an integral part of that triumphant side.
Buddy was an extremely hard player, yet never overly aggressive, we have never heard anyone say a bad word about Buddy, apart from his opponents!!!. Mike was a good friend, with a wicked sense of humour. A damn good rugby player and above all a good Harlequin.
Thanks for so many great memories.
Rest in peace my friend.
Mike Morgan and the Quins!