Devizes RFC are sad to announce the passing of Dick Bull, one of our key players in the 1973 cup winning team and arguably playing in Devizes' biggest match in their history away at Gloucester. Rick Kibby who was also part of those successful sides recounts the following:
"I first met Dick in the Bear Hotel in 1970 or 1971 and got chatting about rugby and persuaded Dick to
come along to Devizes RFC. He soon joined forces with Vince Gaiger in the centre and a formidable partnership
was formed which lasted for many years. Dick was a hard tackling centre who thoroughly enjoyed his rugby.
In 1973 he was in the Cup winning team that beat Salisbury 26-12 and then in October the same year he was in
the team that played against a full strength Gloucester side in the first round of the Rugby Union KO Cup.
(the first ever West Country junior club to reach the last 32 junior clubs in the country).
Probably Devizes finest hour where we went down fighting 49-6.
During this time Dick was instrumental alongside Ray Taylor in laying the foundation of a colts side
which gained phenomenal success over the next decade. At the 1997 rugby dinner he was awarded the presitgious
Clubman of the Year Award and in 1998 Dick became first team manager for a number of seasons and helped
organise a tour to Prague.
Dick then got together a social committee alongside partner Jacqui to organise the Rugby Ball for a number
The funeral service will take place on Friday 11th January 4.45pm Service at Semington Crematoriuim followed by reception at Chippenham RFC from 1730 onwards. No flowers please, charity donations to Dorothy House Hospice Care.
The club also was sad to hear the passing of staunch supporter Nicky Thompson who over the years has been regularly on the sidelines supporting her son Andy in 1st XV games and her husband John who has held a number of positions on the club committee. Nicky passed away peacefully on Christmas Eve. Thoughts are with John, Andy and Ami at this sad time.