Doug Scott obituary | Letter

The mountaineer Doug Scott was a founder of Nottingham Moderns RFC, whose formation arose from the grip that grammar schools often held over rugby union in England. When you left school and wanted to play the game, but had attended a secondary modern school rather than a grammar, there was often nowhere to go. This was particularly the case in Nottingham, where a group of rugby-mad former secondary modern pupils, including Doug, and a motley crew of trainee Welsh school teachers formed their own club.

Doug had failed his 11+ and went to Cottesmore secondary modern, though his academic potential was soon spotted, and he transferred to the Mundella grammar (now Nottingham Emmanuel school) where he thrived. He became club captain of the Moderns for the 1958-59 season and is fondly remembered by many of his former team mates at the Wilford-based club, with many stories of his physical fitness and fondness for a Guinness or two still being told.


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