Ilkley Rugby Union Football Club — Schools Seven-a-Side Tournament Wednesday, March 28th 1951

In a Stop Press to the March 1951 HOBA Bulletin, W.R. Swale wrote:


Entering for the first time, Heath have just won the Ilkey Schools’ Seven-a-Side competition. Despite the presence of reputedly crack Northern Schools such as Acklam Hall, Turners Coatham, Hymers’ Hull, and the Royal Grammar School Newcastle, to say nothing of the local giants — Bradford, Leeds, Keighley, Roundhay, and Wakefield — Heath were quickly spotted as one of the likeliest of the 25 competing teams.

This was the first of a run of three victories.

Thanks to Martin Davey for supplying the first image below, kept by his father John Davey [Heath 1951–1959].

Back row: F.W. Normington, J.N. Dixon, T.D. Gamson, J.G. Farrar; front row: K.E. Humphreys, M. Bamforth (Capt.), J.P. Horrocks-Taylor
1951 Winners
Chart showing that Heath beat Richmond School 18–NIL, Prince Henry’s Grammar School 21–NIL, Leeds Grammar School 8–NIL, Archbishop Holgate‘s Grammar School 8–6 and Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in the final (score missing)
Results for 1951 round by round