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HJC BROWN at ST. LUKE’S COLLEGE EXETER  

It was here that HJC met and played with many Welsh rugby stars – Grahame Hodgson, Brian Price, Howie Norris, Danny Harris to name but a few. In fact in his year as Captain there were 12 Welshmen and 3 Englishmen in the first XV. As Captain, HJC was responsible for selection of his team. His full back, Grahame Hodgson, missed some tackles and sometimes did not find touch with his long screw kicks, so HJC dropped him for three matches. He received criticism for this decision not least from Grahame’s father, - a very knowledgeable rugby man. On his reinstatement Grahame was back to the natural immaculate player he was. Later he played 15 times for Wales and HJC likes to think that, by dropping him, he sharpened him up for the future. 

HJC to left of the Principal

 


Michael Melford - Telegraph

" Brown was easily best of the centres. Stocky, but quick of thought and action, he scored two excellent tries weaving his way through congested areas "

 

He discovered that there was no fixture between St Luke’s and their arch rival Loughborough Colleges so he arranged to meet them on a neutral ground – the London Welsh ground at Old Deer Park Richmond. HJC relates a story about Alan Pask the No. 8 who so tragically died in a fire at his home.

Pask with his trademark dive to score in 1962

‘A set scrum at the left touchline resulted in St Luke’s winning the ball which travelled to me as outside centre. I made an OUTSIDE break and the first opponent I would expect to meet would be the full back. In fact it was Alan who had broken from the scrum and covered so rapidly – A true athlete.’

   

TONY REED - Bristol Evening Post


“ Brown played a splendid game at outside half. Some of his side stepping runs were a delight and helped to raise the encounter from it's general mediocrity”

St Luke's v Bristol

Whilst at St Luke’s HJC continued to play for Somerset. Selected to play against the touring Wallabies at Bristol for the Western Counties, he instigated a training session for the team on the Wednesday before the match – something never done before. The result was a rare win for the Counties by 9-8 with HJC making a clear cut break to put Peter Woodruff over in the corner.

 

RICHARD EVANS - Evening Standard 


“ The stocky figure of Brown was appearing everywhere. He sped off in attack and sent Glastonbury away down the wing. But Brown was determined to remain “ Top of the Bill” He broke fast and furious , grub kicked ahead for Glastonbury to score. Given another penalty chance from 40 yards, he sent it soaring high between the posts”


St Luke’s had an Easter Tour to South Wales and in 1958 HJC took his team to Neath to play against the team who had not been beaten at home for several years. A confident Neath player was heard to remark before the match ‘I think that we can handle a few students!’ St Luke’s took their ground record that day beating them 16-6. In 1957, as reigning champions, St. Luke’s went to Twickenham to defend their title in the Middlesex 7’s but lost to Saracens in the semi-final. A report by H.B.Toft in The Observer said 'HJC was one of the most exciting runners, based purely on speed, in the tournament.

St Luke's arriving at 'Twickers' prior to the Middlesex Sevens

St Luke's College squad with HJC as captain

 

Torquay v Bordeaux

"Best try of the day was by the Torquay guest fly half, H J C Brown. Gathering well inside his own half he ran through almost the whole French team, finally cantering round between the posts "

HJC is 2nd from the left in the front row - 1957/8 St Luke's

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Brixham v HJC Browns (St Luke's) XV

 

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