Beccles Old Goats History
We originally went over to Petit-Couronne just over years ago as a playing side from Beccles Rugby Club we played our first match against Normandy 15 at Petit Couronne.
We scored the first ever try against Normandy on French soil but lost the game.
The next year when Petit Couronne came to Beccles they brought the piece of turf from the pitch where I scored the try and it was planted on the try line of the Beccles pitch.
We travelled back and forwards for a number of years with adults and on some occasions we took children, we won the Dominick Bastos sevens tournament, which was the biggest sevens competition in that region of France.
As we got older and not playing any more with the friends we made over there we became the Old Goats.
We travel over every other year and they visit here the next year.
Over the years we have achieved some special visits, we have been to the tall ships armada in Rouen visited Monet garden, Versailles, Paris, walked across the sands between high tides to Mont Michel.
In this country we have punted on the river Cam, visited Sandringham ant the north Norfolk coast, crabbing at Southwold, Langly School last night of the Proms and celebrated Christmas, Hogmany and the Queens Jubilee all in June.
We had a group cycle to Petit Couronne from Beccles also we had a group try to sail there but they hit bad weather and one of the crew broke his arm and by the time he recovered in Boulonge we had returned home so they sailed back.
We have helped with other exchanges with the old twining over the years.
At the moment there is interest in both Rugby clubs to start a new chapter playing matches over here and in France.