The village turned out in force on 5th October 2014 to watch the newly reformed club’s first match in 106 years. The club was re-formed in memory of the men from the village of Ide who were killed and wounded in WW1.
The match began with the names of the 23 men killed in the First and Second World War being read out by the club’s historian Martin Robson. The Last Post was also played to the silent crowd before the kick off between Ide RFC and a combined military XV which the visitors won. Martin is keen to learn of other similar groups around the county who are commemorating those lost from their community in a similar way. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ide players’ kit features red poppies, and the names of the men killed in both wars are printed on their blue shirts. Read about the original team members here.
The Ide skipper was Scott Voysey is the great nephew of John Edwin Voysey who was captain of the old Ide team that played for just two seasons in 1907-8 and who was killed in 1917. Other relatives and descendants of men killed in WW1 also attended the match at Weir Meadow.
Read the Telegraph article about the reformed Ide Rugby Team and their first match on 5th October 2014 here
Read the Express & Echo article about the first match here
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