YMCA’S Yorkshire Silver Trophy-winning team of 1982 were reunited at Laund Hill last Saturday to relive and celebrate their glorious victory of 30 years ago.
And the team skipper Grahame Nasey (now the YM rugby club’s honorary secretary) was delighted to once again get his hands on the magnificent solid silver trophy.
The actual victory in 1982, when they defeated Halifax Vandals 20-6 in a local derby at Ovenden Park, was all the more historic because it was the first time YMCA had won a major trophy.
And Nasey was delighted so many of the 15 on duty that day were able to join up once again to commemorate the occasion.
He was also indebted to the Yorkshire Rugby Football Union for letting the 19th Century silver rugby ball (now valued at approximately £66,000) out of their sight for the day. “The current holders, Baildon, told me they were allowed to keep it for only a couple of hours after the presentation, before it was whisked back to the Yorkshire RFU County office, where it is now kept permanently,” said Nasey.
“When we won it we were allowed to keep it for the year, and we took it everywhere – even down to Johnnies one night!”