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Video to mark 125 years of Briton Ferry RFC, stuns room of members to silence

By RachelSWEP  |  Posted: January 08, 2014

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A VIDEO created by a member of Briton FerryRugby Club to mark a special anniversary stunned a room of people celebrating the event to silence.

The club is celebrating 125 years of playing this year, and Phil McGuire, a member of the club, decided to do something special.

Fixture secretary, Martyn Bate, said Mr McGuire has been a big part of the club for the last few years, after moving from the Wirral.

"He felt a warmth from the people involved in the club he’s been really welcomed into the club," he said, adding that Mr McGuire had spotted a poem about rugby, and decided to use it to help celebrate the milestone.

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"He’s pretty good with doing stuff with video, so he thought it would be good to get everyone involved in the club to take part.

"He went around players, supporters, committee members and so on, and asked them to say a line, then strung it all together to put it in a video.

"Nobody knew what the rest of the poem was about.

"We played the video during our event for present and ex players, on a big screen in the club.

"There was a stunned silence it the room.

"It really went down well, it was quite emotional to watch too.

"It’s brilliant."

Briton Ferry Rugby Club’s original home was at the Grandison Hotel, Pant-yr-Heol — now a convenience store — up until 1964, when they moved in its present surroundings on Ynysmaerdy Road with the town cricket club.

A series of events are being held to celebrate the anniversary.

And in November, a new changing room complex for all sports clubs in Briton Ferry was officially opened — 10 years after the idea was thought up, marking another special event for the club.

The team was due to play Maesteg RFC on Saturday as part of the anniversary celebrations, but the fixture has been cancelled.

To get in touch about celebration events, call Kerry Frey on 07970 594866.

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  • petermilero  |  January 14 2014, 7:18PM

    truly amazing ..everyword true ..I miss the game every day .. the scrums, the rucks , the mauls the breathless burning of my chest , the aches , the stiffness on a sunday , the friends , the songs .. fantastic stuff

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  • bobthepost  |  January 09 2014, 10:04AM

    Absolutely brilliant, as a retired player (still aching ) this poem describes my life to the full and I must admit brought a tear to my eye, well done Phil Mcguire.

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