80th Anniversary

80th Anniversary Dinner-Dance

Hendon RFC celebrated its 80th anniversary with a dinner-dance at the Crown hotel in Cricklewood on Saturday 13th October 2012. It was also a chance to mark the centenary of founder member and guest of honour Geoffrey Cooper who turned 100 just a week before.

RFU President Paul Murphy congratulated Hendon on reaching its 80th anniversary and being able to celebrate the evening with its founder, Geoffrey Cooper. He also spoke about the RFU Injured Players Foundation and the contribution it has made to clubs in Middlesex in recent years. Paul led the dinner guests in a ‘heads or tails’ competition which raised £250 for this worthwhile cause. He also made presentations to the club and to Geoff on behalf of the RFU.


Geoffrey Cooper (far right), founder member of Hendon RFC cuts the cake with (from left to right) David Gershlick (President Hendon RFC), Paul Murphy (President RFU) and Michael Barnes (President Middlesex County RFU)

Geoff responded with his thanks and remembered his early playing days with great clarity and his current role on the Committee at Hendon before sitting down to a standing ovation.

David Gershlick, President of Hendon RFC, thanked Geoff for the Clubs’ formation and highlighted the major Club events and Hendon members’ achievements over the 80 years including Geoff scoring the first try in the opening game. The telegram received by Geoff from the Queen was then read out. The President also announced three additional members as Honorary Life Vice-Presidents. Tom Brownsell, Micky Harber and John Ryan join Richard Best, Mike Brandler and Geoff Cooper as holders of the highest honour the Club can bestow.

The President of Middlesex Rugby, Michael Barnes, then spoke of how Geoff formed the Club at the Chequers Pub in Hendon in October 1932 and congratulated Geoff on the success of his current endeavours as a member of the Hendon committee. Michael concluded with a presentation of a silver salver from the County to mark his service to Hendon and Rugby Football.

The after dinner speeches were concluded with Geoff cutting the cake decorated as a rugby pitch with the Hendon crest and accompanied by the 3 Presidents. After the cake cutting, the members and guests were entertained by the Paul Murphy Showband.

More photos from the night.