Spurrell Roger

by Geoff Pillinger
Player Roger Spurrell
Player Roger Spurrell

Roger Spurrell

Position: Flanker

Born: 19th May 1955

Height: 5ft 11in

Weight: 14st 10lb

Education:

Achievements: Bath Captain 1981/82, 1982/83, 1983/84, 1984/85

Honours: Cornwall, Somerset, South & South West

Debut game: 18th September 1979 v Seahawks (California),

Final game: 8th October 1986 v South Wales Police

Number of Appearances: 206

Career Details:

Ex Launceston, Plymouth Albion, Combined Services, Army, Cornwall, Somerset, South & South West,

Spurrell’s contribution to Club success was incalculable. It would be fair to attribute much of Bath’s ‘hard edge’ to the influence of this ex paratrooper and his uncompromising attitude. Without doubt one of the best, if not the best, flanker never to play for England.

Off the field, his life was equally colourful: he was elsewhere listed as a shepherd and was also involved in diverse business ventures. Among the most memorable was his partnership with former stalwart Pete Heindorff in ownership of “The Island Club,” which was a late night drinking spot converted from a below ground city centre public convenience. To this day – locals refer to it as “Bog Island.” Fellow rugby players acted as part time bouncers to maintain a degree of order and exclusivity.

This was also the period for younger element ‘rave’ sessions and Roger was very much involved under the banner of “Universe.”

In 1995 he upgraded an old cafe in Polzeath, an area which attracts Cornwall’s surfing set. Presentation of ‘Sexy fish & chips’ is a menu theme. He entrusts the day to day management of this and other expanding gastronomic facilities to his two sons.

Roger took up captaincy following injury to scrum-half Damian Murphy in March 1982 and remained as captain for the next 3 seasons.

Under his captaincy Bath won the John Player Cup twice – 28/4/1984 against Bristol and 27/4/1985 against London Welsh

Playing records during Roger’s captaincy:-

Played Won Lost Drawn For Against
1981-1982 49 29 19 1 801 719
1982-1983 50 38 9 3 1278 555
1983-1984 39 29 10 870 468
1984-1985 39 30 8 1 923 400
This page was added on 29/12/2014.

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