POOLE PIRATES 1962 PROVINCIAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
Back : C.J. Knott jnr (Promoter), Ron Hart (Manager), Tim Bungay, Ross Gilbertson, Roy Trigg, Norman Young ( Team Mechanic)
Front : Bobby Croombs, Tony Lewis, Geoff Mudge, Norman Strachan.
PIRATES AT THE DOUBLE
1962 was the year that the Pirates won the Provincial League title for the second successive season, although with standards rising it was with a different line-up from the previous year..
Having lost Allan Kidd and Ken Middleditch through retirement, the Poole management looked to strengthen their squad by bringing in Roy Trigg on loan from Wimbledon and Bobby Croombs from New Cross, and with juniors Brian Leonard, and Pete Munday, waiting for a chance to show their paces, the team took on a solid look. Trigg soon proved to be the find of the season, while Tim Bungay continued his rise to the top.
Geoff Mudge took over as captain, and enjoyed his best ever season, while knowlegable team manager Ron Hart kept the side on course throughout the title race both at home and away. Under his guidance the Pirates never scored less than 30 points in any match and never failed to put on a show, with their poorest performance coming at Stoke where they lost 35 – 43 to the on form home side.
Surprisingly though they did lose their two and a half year unbeaten home record, going down 38 – 40 to newcomers Neath, but otherwise were untouchable around the Wimborne Road circuit. Mudge topped the end of season score charts with a 10.14 average, with four other team members finishing over the seven and a half point mark. The dependable Norman Strachan notched points when it mattered most, and although Ross Gilbertson struggled at times, and Tony Lewis was hampered for most of theseason with a foot injury, there wasn’t a weak link in the Poole side, with their strength in depth making them a hard side to beat.