Jones, Brian - unfulfilled business

A few years down the road

My first match for 1st XV was against Neath at the Gnoll in the pouring rain. I was travelling ninth forward but Mike Craig didn’t make it so I was in. Alan Holder managed to heave a sodden wet leather ball over for a 3-0 victory. What a baptism up against at least two giants of Welsh Rugby, Rees Stevens and Roy John. What a contrast with today’s rugby. Not pretty but great to play in the pack. Two seasons but then moved by my company.

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  • This Comment added on behalf of Adam Ashby, who forwarded the following to us:

    Sad to say that Brian Jones passed away at the beginning of the year – Covid.

    “A note from Howard Allen…

    I much regret to inform you that my very dear friend B.A. ‘Brian’ Jones passed away on Thursday in hospital of CV 19. He was aged 86.
    Brian was President of OCC, a member of OCRFC and played for GRFC in early 1960s. A tremendous back row forward and popular for his dash with the Shed.
    He was commissioned in Royal Artillery in mid 1950s – short service commission with his National Service.
    He was for many years an outstanding presenter and commentator in motor racing at Brands hatch and other circuits. He possessed a wonderful command
    of the spoken word and a memorable voice.
    He is the only brother of Gordon Jones – former president OCC – now approaching his 90th birthday.

    We grew up in The Oval in the war and post-war years – Brian at 33 – me at 23 – such happy times – from cowboys to sport!”

    By Dick Williams (14/01/2021)

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