The Young Thrusters 40th Birthday


In 1973 the Young Thrusters football team was created from the ruins of the defunct Bristol Royal Infirmary team. It consisted of a few enthusiasts, access to hospital playing fields and a set of all-blue kit. The first game was played on the 23rd May 1973 against Barrow Hospital and was won 3-0.

The 40th anniversary reunion was at The Pump House on the dockside at Hotwells in Bristol on the evening of Saturday 25th May 2013.

It was preceded by the Young Thrusters most successful Golf Competition ever, at Ashton Court, organised by PRAT the Younger and Director of Entertainment, Denis Brown - see picture of all the competitors here.

The evening started for about 35 people at the Knights Templar who after a few drinks boarded the Flower of Bristol ferry boat, organised by PRAT the Youngest, Alfie Cannock and PRAT Work Experience, Dave Brain (see picture here) to arrive in style at Hotwells outside The Pump House (see picture here).

The evening was attended by 59 people (see list here 59 people attended) 57 of whom shared a three course dinner. The two extra guests were the elusive Sammy Stride (see picture here) and Kelvin who had captained Old Georgians in the last football game Roy James played, which was in April 1990. The evening was presided over by PRAT the Elder and King of Kernow, Mike Lawrence (see picture here). The entertainment included a quiz Young Thrusters Ruby Quiz and A Toast written and performed especially for the occasion by Ian Bell - read the toast or watch on YouTube here.

The Young Thrusters Ruby Reunion was reported in the Bristol Post on 24th May 2013.

If you played for the Thrusters, or otherwise had some tenuous connection, and would like to get involved in any future activities then give your contact details - email preferred.