David is the sole surviving member of the post-war Old Longtonians, although the Club did exist briefly in the late 1930’s, and again during the immediate post-war period before its reformation in 1952. It was in the late 1940’s that David played his first games for the Club.
David first learned the game at Longton High School in 1943 and although always keen on sport was, by his own admission, “not very good “. However, in rugby he found a game where he could, again in his own words, “hurt people legally”. After the Club folded David played a few games for Stoke, whilst from school he joined the RAF for 2 years.
It was during this time that David met his wife-to-be, Doreen, and, thankfully, she was an enthusiastic rugby spectator. By 1952 Old Longtonian RUFC had re-formed just before David left the RAF; he duly joined the Club.
During his time with the Club David has held many offices including Secretary, 2nd.XV Captain, 3rd. XV Captain and finally to the dizzy heights of President. He was also the Club’s representative on the Staffs. RU Committee during which time he was a member of the County’s Selection Committee and Disciplinary Committee – poacher turned gamekeeper !
Away from rugby David was long associated with the ceramic colour industry where he was fortunate enough to travel widely in Western Europe. Whilst on a trip to Portugal David was re-aquainted with an old rugby foe, John Aleluia, who had played for North Staffs. Technical College whilst in Britain.
A knowledge of European languages helped on Club tours to Limoges, Amsterdam and Paris. His abiding memory of Limoges was being billeted in a brothel but a chair was put firmly against the bedroom door.
David is still to be seen at the Club most Wednesdays when he attends the Jazz Nights and, you know what – he never seems to age !