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1950-1959

The playing record in the early fifties was mixed, but there was a huge improvement under the captaincy of first Bert MacDonald, and then Dick Hawkes.

John BlakeRecords were broken in 1956 - 57 and even better was to follow in what has been termed 'The Blake Era'.

Outside-half John Blake (left) became captain in 1957 and under his inspirational leadership the Club developed an entertaining running style of rugby involving backs and forwards, which was years ahead of its time. The Bristol club set and broke new records for wins in a season and points scored and goal kicking forward Gordon Cripps rewrote the individual points scoring records.