Rugby joie de vivre when Le Havre were in town
- Thursday, 13 April 2017
A party of 46 from Le Havre that included over 30 players from Under 16-19 level enjoyed a great day with our Colts players, Club officials and supporters at Gosport Park last Sunday which included the inaugural match for the Brian Mays Memorial Trophy writes Brian Seeney.
The French won 26-23 after Gos were 17-7 ahead at half-time.
The match was organised by Owen Mays (Brian' son) in memory of his late father, Colts manager Lee 'Podge' Adams and Le Havre's Luc Barray, a lifelong family friend of the Mays'.
"The game was played in the right spirit and both teams and supporters had a great day," said Podge.
The trophy was presented to Le Havre by Owen and his mum Cynthia with a Club shirt presented to the Le Havre captain and a club tie and pendant to Luc Barray.
Luc presented a Le Havre playing shirt and all Gos players were given a Le Havre tour T-shirt.
Former Colts manager Tom Bruce attended with several Colts who played under Brian Mays when he was the Colts' Coach. Club Chairman Alan Foulger, Secretary Joe Cloke and the 1st XV's Tim Snowden attended and supported the day.
A little bit of Club family history was made on the day when the Wales boys - Joe and his younger brother James - played in the match, watched by their father Ben who is a former 1st XV player and turns out for the Vets now.
"I know Cynthia loved her day and Owen and Luc were very pleased," said Podge.
"I feel a link has been made with Le Havre which will last for many years to come. We intend to go to Le Havre next season and bring the Trophy back!"
Above: All the players and coaches involved in the Gos v Le Havre game. Below: All-our-yesterdays - Remembering Brian Mays are Colts who played for his team and former Coach Tom Bruce. Pictured are (back, from left): Matt Smith, Ben Westby, Owen Mays (Brian's son), Brendan Slater, Tom Bruce, Martin Miesi. Front - Cynthia Mays, Aaron Gray and Leon Plowman. For more pictures see the Photo Gallery.