The rugby ethic at KBGS was strong - due to Gilbert, Frank and others. There were some excellent exponents of the game during my years there. To my knowledge only 2 went on to play the game professionally: Melvyn Smith (52-57) played for Keighley RLFC; David Jeanes (54-61?) joined Wakefield RUFC and then signed for Wakefield Trinity and later Leeds RLFC where he had county and international honours. There must have been others?
I, little Trev Pickles, had to try and tackle that mountain of a bloke David Jeanes on rugby days. For those who don't know him, he's the big bloke standing on the very far right on the 1958 school photo. I was 13 then so that makes him about the same - whew!! From memory though, he never used his stature to bully, not like some nasty others, but was always a very gentle bloke. I hope he did well! And of course he had the most beautiful girlfriend who used to come and chat to him at that gate opposite Leda's, we all used to goggle in awe.
Didn't Dave Lightowler, also in my year, go on to greater things in RL?
Geoff Moore was arguably the best rugby player in my time to leave KBGS-- he went on to play League for either Leeds or Bradford Northern-can't be too sure now.He was a prefect in my first year--Tom Punt might remember better than me--but I remember him scoring a try in a school match,carrying 4 of the opposition with him,from several yards out.Outstanding footballer.Cheers.