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Club: History

1940-1949

1940-1949 (Bill Moore pictured in 1948)
Bill Moore pictured above in 1948

By Harry Sibson-183 games for Tigers between 1947-54 & President 1981-83

I started my Tigers career playing twice for the "A" team (as the second team was then known) half way through the 1946/7 season, but in January all matches were cancelled for weeks due to frost and snow and we didn't play until just before Easter.

At that time Leicester were still an invitation team, you couldn't join the club, so I played for Aylestonians. Doug Norman, the secretary of the Tigers "A" team,used to scout around the local clubs, then invited me to play. There was a lot of controversy as local clubs resented losing their players but I always thought that Leicester came first.

Tom Berry, Doug Norman and Bill Moore in 1947

Tom Berry, Doug Norman and Bill Moore in 1947

I started to watch Tigers in 1930, when I was 11. They used to give the schools free tickets to encourage young people to go and watch, so in the afternoon, after playing rugby at school, I would go to the Tigers' home games. Rugby at the intermediate schools in Leicester was very good - Wyggeston, South Wigston and Harrison Road all had teams (Harry went to King Richards Road and played for Leicester Schools U14s in 1932/3). My favourite players at the time were Ralph Buckingham, Harry Greenlees and the Beamish Brothers.

I remember there was always a gathering of men on the terrace and every single time the Tigers scored a try they used to have a war cry "Here you are, there you are, now you've got'em, you can take 'em, Ra, ra, ra, come the Tigers."

After that very bad winter I made my first team debut in the last game of the season against Birkenhead Park. In those days we received telegrams to tell you if you were picked for the first team. When I received mine I was surprised and pleased. The next season (1947/8) I started training with Tigers and got into the team straight away. I was a bit fortunate really.

I was dropped after three games, Peter Jerwood the skipper said it wasn't because I was playing badly but they wanted to try somebody else. The chap that was going to take my place broke his finger. I just stepped in and that was it. In 1949/50 I played every game bar three and the following season I took part in every game that was played.

The Leicester team against Harlequins on December 6th 1947

The Leicester team against Harlequins on December 6th 1947
Tigers Record
(1945-1949):
Pld 163, Won 75, Drew 5, Lost 83
Biggest win: 32-3 vs Harlequins on 6 Mar 1948
Most Appearances in Era: Denis Bolesworth 137, Bill Brown 106, Peter Jerwood 98
Most Tries in Era: Danny Rees 27, Francis Edwards 21, Mel Channer 19
Most Points in Era: Ernie Watkin 224, Mel Channer 94, Peter Jerwood 86
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