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Doug Yeabsley 50 years Service to the School
Almost 200 people came together at the School on Saturday 28th June to recognise the contribution that Doug made to generations of schoolboys – on the cricket and rugby fields, on tours to Devon and the Far East, in the classroom and in life in general. It is doubtful that any other master in the history of the School has had such an impact on such a large number of people. The sentiments expressed ball those attending and the messages sent by those unable to attend confirm the high regard and genuine affection that Doug engendered.
Doug joined the School from St Luke’s in 1964. He taught Chemistry and Games for 38 years and was Housemaster of Russell’s from 1971 (aged 29) to 1986. He made a huge contribution to School sport, primarily cricket and rugby. He has been closely involved with School cricket for 50 years. He ran tours to Devon where the accommodation was based at his “villa” on the cliffs at Branscombe and then introduced the Far East tours. He ran Development Appeals and the Parents Social Committee, officially retiring in 2002.
Doug’s early days at the School were spent living in the master’s accommodation in Aldenham House, alongside David Thomas and Keith Dawson. Not surprisingly a large number of boarders were well coached members of the School 1st XI, including Peter Mackie, Robin Barlow, Andy Scott, Billy Hughes and Nick French who were all at the dinner to thank Doug.
Doug was an inspiration to a large number of boys who may otherwise not have achieved so much at School or in later life and this is where Doug possibly made his biggest contribution. He looked out for boys who needed some self-belief and helped them to develop either through cricket, rugby or other areas. These boys are eternally grateful to Doug and many were at the dinner.
His cricket career for Devon and Minor Counties lasted from 1959 (aged 17 whilst still at School) to 1990 (aged 48). He had a fine record for Minor Counties against the touring sides from 1974 to 1981 (Pakistan 1974, West Indies 1976, India 1979 and Sri Lanka 1981), his best return being 3-45 against Pakistan in 1974. He was described by Ian Botham as “undoubtedly England’s best amateur bowler of the 1970’s” and bowled left arm, fast medium.
Doug played regularly in the back row for Harlequins and Saracens, he was captain of the OHRFC in the 1977-1978 season. Doug coached School rugby alongside David Davies and Ralph Warmington for many years. Including the unbeaten School 1st XV’s in the 1970’s
In the words of Keith Dawson “Doug is an outstanding example of that old fashioned thing, a true and great schoolmaster, boys are at the heart of everything he does, he was a fine teacher of 6th form chemistry, a brilliant coach and a tireless supporter of the good things done by the School”
Please follow this link to see the article about Doug’s contribution to School sport and to Devon cricket from the Times in 2000 written by Christopher Martin-Jenkins. Plus a number of other photos featuring Doug over the years and photos from the dinner on 28th June.
Old Haberdashers' RFC
The rugby club ran a successful 7's competition at the School on Saturday 19th July and enjoyed a fantastic Mardi Gras party in the evening back at the clubhouse.
Follow this link to see the 2013/14 fixtures for the 1st and 2nd XVs.
Follow this link to the News section of the OHRFC website, you will need to register before you are able to access the 2013 - 14 match reports.
To download or print a copy of the 2013-14 OHRFC Fixture Card and Brochure follow this link.