Pocklington rugby club bring down the curtain on 2017 when they play their annual Boxing Day challenge match against Old Pocklingtonians on Tuesday (26 December) at 1.00 pm.
The club against school old boys game, dubbed 'Town v Gown', began in the 1980s and has grown into one of the year's biggest sporting and social occasions as Pocklington RUFC members join with Pocklington School alumni who are home for Christmas to pack into Percy Road for a festive reunion. At stake is the Bottomley Trophy, given by the family of George Bottomley, who was a Pocklington School old boy and a founder member of Pocklington RUFC.
Honours have swung one way and then the other over the years; but Boxing Day 2016 produced a real cliffhanger that ended with the two sides sharing the trophy (pictured) after a thrilling 29-29 draw. The OPs raced into a 29-5 interval lead, then Pocklington came back from the dead to score 24 unanwered second half points and share the spoils.
The game is sponsored by the Old Pocklingtonians Association who provide the post match buffet, and the rugby clubhouse bar is open for Christmas drinks from 12.00 noon.