Old Cooperians to see plenty of familiar faces when Barking visit

PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 September 2018

Old Cooperians players huddle together (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Old Cooperians players huddle together (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

©TGS Photo +44 1376 553468

St Mary’s Lane club lost 30-27 at Campion last weekend

It looks like being a case of friends reunited for Old Cooperians when they welcome Barking in London Three Essex on Saturday.

A host of former Coops players are set to return to St Mary’s Lane with the Gale Street outfit this weekend.

Craig Ratford began last season as head coach of Coops, but is now back at Barking as their backs coach and fly-half.

There could also be a spot of sibling rivalry in the front row with Coops prop Nathaniel John coming up against his brother and former team-mate Samuel John, who is the skipper of the Gale Street side.

Those are just some of the interesting sub-plots leading into Saturday’s game, and current Coops head coach Pat Reed is anticipating an enthralling match.

“There’s a bit of spice with this game and we see it as a big rivalry now, so it should be the fixture to watch this weekend,” he said.

“We know they’ll want to dominate in the pack, while we’re looking to be on top in the backs.

“It should be a really good game on Saturday and we’re all really looking forward to playing Barking.”

Off the pitch, Coops and Barking will be hoping to raise plenty of funds for Saint Francis Hospice on Saturday, with both sides having chosen it as their charity for the season.

While the sides will be raising funds throughout the campaign, there will be some initiatives for the league meeting this weekend.

Coops will hope the visit from Barking brings their first win of the campaign after losing their opening league fixture 30-27 at London Borough of Havering rivals Campion last Saturday.

Reed added: “The first game was always going to be tough and because so many of the players hadn’t got the minutes they needed in pre-season, it was almost like another pre-season runout.

“We have to keep improving week by week and if we do that then it shouldn’t be too long before we are up and running.”

Away from the first team, Coops’ junior section continues to swell in numbers, with new players always welcome to join the club.

Related articles


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

3 minutes ago

The Crow Lane outfit made it two wins from three last weekend with an away triumph at Basildon


Peter Taylor has urged his Dagenham & Redbridge midfielders to start finding more space for themselves on the pitch ahead of visiting Solihull Moors in the Vanarama National League on Tuesday.


Essex Leopards coach Thomas Baker was delighted as the Big Cats wrapped up pre-season with a 90-83 victory at Reading Rockets on Saturday.

Hammers’ Lukasz Fabianski is imporoving with every game


Everyone Active Raiders NIHL 2 captain Sam Roberts says it was a tough loss to take as they fell short with a 4-3 defeat to Bristol Pitbulls.


Daggers custodian has conceded just two goals in his last five league games

Yesterday, 19:32

County champions Surrey were skittled for 67, their lowest championship total at the Kia Oval for 56 years, as Jamie Porter and Sam Cook bowled Essex into a position of first-day dominance with four wickets apiece.

Yesterday, 17:00

Cottons Park club suffered second straight loss in league


Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now