The Irish Connection

We published this photo on our front page for a special reason relating to two of the persons shown in the photo.  We asked if you can identify who is in it, when and where was it taken, and what is the special significance of publishing it at this time (15th May 2013) .  

Jeff Baker was spot on in recognizing that this was the Police Rugby Team from the 1970-1971 season which happened to be John Williams’ last year in Police blue. Jeff correctly identified everyone with the possible exception of the player between Pete Counsell and Raj Rennie who he believes may be Paul Thompson (can anyone else assist?).

Jeff also noted that the day we published this photo on the same day as the Memorial Service for Tommy Gallagher held at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Hamilton which was attended by many of his old friends from both Bermuda and abroad. Sadly, Johnny Williams had passed away last year, but two of the players in the photo played a key role in the Service. Billy Butterworth was invited by Helen Gallagher to give a eulogy, and Pat O’Riorden kept a promise made to Tommy who had requested that his fellow Irishman sing Jerusalem at his funeral. Pat sang with the same gusto that he and Tommy played rugby for the Police Team during those magic years. 

Police Rugby Team 1970-1971 Season 
Back Row (l-r) Tom Gallagher, Ron Beech, Richard Zamitt, Dave “Shakey” Shakeshaft, John Van de Weg,
Colin Mackenzie, Reg “Buster” Brown, Billy Nixon, Bill Butterworth, Pat O’Riordan
Front Row - John Price, Peter Counsell, Paul Thompson? Raj Rennie,
John Williams, Bill Buchanan, and John Arlott.
 
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#3 Maurice Pett 2014-01-20 18:34
Paul Thompson is correct, he played on the wing.
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#2 Jeff Baker 2013-05-18 19:57
National Sports club.1970/71 season.Last year John Williams played.
15th May 2013. Memorial service in Bermuda for Tom Gallagher. Johnny Williams also passed away a short while ago.
John Williams was Captain?
Back Row Left to Right
Tom Gallagher Ron Beech, Richard Zamitt, Dave Shakeshaft, John Van de Weg, Colin McKenzie, Buster Brown, Billy Nixon, Bill Butterworth, Pat O’Riordan

Front Row Left to Right
John Price, Peter Counsell, (Cannot remember name – Is it Paul Thompson??) Raj Rennie, John Williams, Bill Buchanan, John Arlott

Editors note - Many thanks Jeff. You are spot on with everyone except one name. Can anyone else confirm if it is Paul Thompson between Pete Counsell and Raj Rennie.

Just one additional note of interest. Yes, Tommy Gallagher's memorial service was held here at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Hamilton on 15th May. This service was very well attended and Tommy's old friend Pat O'Riordan kept a promise to his fellow Irishman and sang Jerusalem with the same gusto that both played rugby for the Police Team.
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#1 Terry 2013-05-17 13:22
Tommy and John.
Looks like Nationals Sports Club.
Ron Beech, Shakey Shakehaft, John Van De Weg, (I know his name), Reg Brown, William 'Bull Butterfingers, Pat O'Riorden, Peter Councel, ...and a few more that will come to me after a beer.

Agreat day to all. :-)
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