Back in 1977 a group of regulars at The Queens Head, Newton who were rugby fanatics decided to run a ‘social’ rugby side based at the pub. Among those founding players were several New Zealanders (don’t hold it against us!) – Greg Abraham, Jim Bensemen, Howard Broughton, Miles Everton and one John F. Kennedy.
The early games were played on Sunday mornings, usually with the players suffering from the excesses of discussing tactics in the pub the night before!
The first such game was against Shelford XV – who beat The Queens Head Tipplers 10 – 0. Undaunted by this result, further games where arranged, mainly against other pub teams, including a certain ‘Slipery Nipple’ side.
It wasn’t until The Queens Head ‘Tipplers” second season that a win was recorded, that being against Cantabs XV side, played usually on a saturday. later that season (mainly thanks to the Kewis) Newton won the Cambridgeshire sevens plate competition beating Shelford and Saffron Walden sides on the way to momentous occasion. Newton also took part in the County Cup Competition for the first time, narrowly loosing to Wisbech 9-0. Newton did though win the drinking competition afterwards when The Blue Ball in Granchester was literally drunk dry!