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1980-1989

In the 1980s, under Mike Rafter's captaincy, the Club won the John Player Cup in 1983, defeating Leicester 28-22 in a marvellous final.

Alan MorleyDuring this period Alan Morley (pictured left) established a world record of 479 tries in senior rugby.

The centenary season with Nigel Pomphrey as captain was celebrated in style with a game against the Barbarians and a narrow miss in the cup final, but thereafter there was a gradual decline in the playing record. The team did not really adapt well to the demands of league rugby and the Club's administrators struggled to cope with the professional set up.