Meadows, Don

Don Meadows appears on the GRFC Honours Boards from 1929-39, and was captain 1936-7. He played for England schoolboys, had 2 trials for the full England side, and was once selected as a reserve. However, he never won an England cap, and was described as the best fly-half who never got a cap. The crowd were frequently thrilled by his jinking and weaving. He was “not the frilly type perhaps, but full of good sense, as sound as a bell, and with a sidestep that always had opponents on tenterhooks”. He was renowned for playing “brainy football”.

“Possessing a safe pair of hands, Meadows collected all sorts of transfers with wonderful precision, and as the key man in attack Gloucester’s successes were largely due to his skill and judgement. In defence Meadows did his share of atckiling and stopping, and there were few better kickers in the team.” His “clever sidestepping beat the strongest of opposition”, and “Meadows stood out as one of the star players in the side, and he contributed some of the most amazing runs ever seen on the ground”.

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