A former England and British Lions captain was in Stafford earlier today (Wednesday 25 Oct) to put the first spade in the ground at a special ceremony to signal the start of Stafford Rugby Clubs’ new multi-million pound sports facilities. Bill Beaumont CBE won 34 caps for England and is fondly remembered for his greatest moment as captain, when he led his side to the unexpected 1980 Grand Slam. Bill Beaumont is now chairman of World Rugby and was joined by the clubs’ patron, Lord Stafford and special guests for the ceremony at Blackberry Lane, Doxey.
Stafford Rugby Club are building 4 full size rugby pitches (2 with floodlights) and a new clubhouse with functions rooms. One of the new pitches will be 4G artificial turf which could be used for representative matches also.
Matt Sargeant was there for Stafford FM and chatted with Bill Beaumont shortly after the ceremony, you can hear Matt’s interview with Bill on The Sports Sandwich, next Tuesday from 7pm.