The OC Sporting Hall of Fame
A work in progress!
This page celebrates the sporting successes of Old Clayesmorians on the county, regional, national and international stage.
Lewis McManus (2007-2013) - Cricket
Published on May 6th, 2014 18:42
Lewis is a highly-rated young wicketkeeper and right-handed batsman who was a Sports Scholar while at school. He was selected for the 2013 England U19 Cricket squad who played in a triangular series against Bangladesh and Pakistan in August.
Whilst at school Lewis maintained a brilliant work ethic and enthusiasm for cricket alongside his studies. He played more than 35 times for the school’s 1st XI during his progress through the Senior school and was a product of Hampshire's highly successful youth system, he first started making waves as part of the County's Under 17 ECB 50-Over Cup winning side in 2011.
The following season, he was awarded the Fielder of the Year Award at the Hampshire Cricket Board’s end of season presentation ceremony. A number of impressive performances for the Hampshire Academy in 2013 (including an unbeaten 96 against a strong St Cross Symondians side in the Southern Electric Premier League) saw him gain a call-up to England's Under 19’s squad for a tri-series against Bangladesh Under 19s and Pakistan Under 19s.
He finished the summer of 2013 having scored 216 runs at an average of 36 in the Second XI Championship (including a high-score of 105) and was once again selected for an England Under 19 tri-series against Pakistan and UAE in the UAE in December 2013 and the under 19 World Cup in February 2014.
He was awarded a scholarship contract with Hampshire for the 2014 season.
Peter Murchie (2001-2002) - Rugby
Published on January 23rd, 2014 13:58
When Peter left the school he joined the Bath Academy where he was in the club's first XV squad as a teenager, playing in the Middlesex Sevens at 19. He played for England U18s and English Universities. In 2006 he joined Waterloo, the National League One club, scoring five tries in 24 appearances, before he moved on to Pertemps Bees in 2007 and then London Welsh in 2008.
He joined Glasgow Warriors in June 2009, making his debut in the Firhill win against Magners League defending champions Munster with which Warriors opened their competitive season.
He is qualified for Scotland through his Ayrshire-born father, Finlay, who used to play for Ardrossan Academicals, and featured for the Scotland A team in their unbeaten 2010/11 and 2011/12 campaigns.
Matthew Geffen (2006-2007) - Cricket
Published on January 15th, 2014 16:20
Matthew joined Clayesmore in April 2006 aged 15 and quickly found himself playing for the School 1st XI. This turned out to be an excellent season for the first team being listed in the 2007 edition of Wisden 'Outstanding Schools' list having played 14, won 10, lost 3 and drawn 1. Matthew also found himself listen in Wisden in the Best Bowling Averages in Schools Cricket: Overs 107, Maidens 32, Runs 260, Wickets 26, Best 4-14. Average 10. His second school season was marred by injury and lack of play because of the weather. He continued to play for Sussex under 16 and 17 teams and was during the year selected to join the Sussex Academy. He was also selected for the South of England fast bowling group and under 16/17 for specific training. He was also selected for the 2008 season and spent three weeks on tour with the Sussex Academy in Dubai and Brisbane in the winter of 2008/9.
Shannon Falcone (1994-1999) - Sailor
Published on January 2nd, 2014 20:53
Former Head Boy and member of Devine House, Shannon Falcone has recently celebrated a second America's Cup win.
Shannon, who has sailing firmly in the blood, had a very early introduction to the sport when he sailed across the Atlantic with his parents at the age of three. Shannon threw himself into the sport, gaining as much experience as he could which led to a place in the Italian Luna Rosso organization and then the Oracle Team.
Shannon has helped to bring about what has been described as one of sport’s greatest ever comebacks. He is currently a Grinder in the Oracle Team USA who managed to bounce back from being 8-1 down in the America’s Cup to achieving an amazing 9-8 victory over Emirates Team New Zealand.
Geoffrey Arthur William Dove (1935-1936) - Athlete
Published on January 2nd, 2014 20:41
A Mining Geology Engineer who studied at Imperial College. He was elected to South London Harriers in May 1946 when a student there. His best track distance was the 880yds (now the circa 0.7 secs shorter 800m at his level at the top national level (AAA Championships). He became a Life Member of the London Harriers in May 1953.
Hugo Scott (Current Pupil) - Team GB Freestyle Kayaking
Published on January 2nd, 2014 20:38
A current Year 12 student, Hugo has been selected as a team GB member for the European Freestyle Kayaking Championships in 2014.
The freestyle paddlers use white water waves and holes to perform impressive surf and gymnastic-style manoeuvres.
Click here to read more.
Jeremy Rogers MBE (1951-1956) - Yachtsman
Published on January 1st, 2014 20:37
Jeremy Rogers built his first boat at Clayesmore at the age of 10 whilst a pupil at the school. On leaving he went on to forge a career in boat building and made a significant contribution to the world of yacht racing. In 1974 he skippered his Contessa 35, Gumboots, to take the international One Ton Cup trophy, but in so doing he and his crew took time out of one of the offshore races to rescue a family from a sinking life-raft - for this he was voted Yachtsman of the Year (and the international racing rules were subsequently changed to allow for redress in such circumstances).
In 1977 and 1979 he and his crew competed as members of the British Admirals Cup Team, and in '77 Rogers' Contessa 43, Moonshine, was the top scoring boat. Admirals Cup Yachts must compete in the Fastnet Race as part of the series, but in the 1979 Fastnet race this ocean race encountered near hurricane conditions, which caused one of the worst disasters in yachting history: many yachts were lost and 15 people died during the race. Consequently the race results were understandably insignificant, but Rogers' Contessa 39, Eclipse, came in second overall to Ted Turner's Tenacious, a yacht twice her size. The following year Rogers received his MBE from H.M. the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Recent years
In recent years Rogers has concentrated on building new Contessa 32s and the complete refurbishment of many of the other boats built at the former yard. Two of these refurbishments were his own Contessa 26, Rosina of Beaulieu, and Contessa 32, Gigi. Rosina, sailed by Rogers and his three sons, was uniquely three times winner of the coveted Gold Roman Bowl for overall winner of the Round the Island Race in 2002, 2003 and 2006.
Gigi had become famous in 1984, when she was sailed by Americans, John Kretschmer and Ty Techera, in record time around Cape Horn; Kretschmer then wrote Cape Horn to Starboard about the adventure. Rogers purchased Gigi in 2005 and restored her to new condition.
To read Henry Teed (1942-1948)'s excellent article from 2000 about Jeremy Rogers please click here.
Anthony Allen (2000-2003) - Rugby Union Player
Published on December 31st, 2013 12:42
Anthony Allen currently plays in the English Premiership for Leicester Tigers. He joined Clayesmore in 2000 from Boundary Oak School and was a member of Devine House, playing two years above his age group at this time. Following sixth form at another school, Anthony joined Gloucester in 2005, moving to Leicester for the 2009 season.
He made his England debut against New Zealand on 5 November 2006, partnering Newcastle Falcons' Jamie Noon in the centre Allen received multiple stitches in his mouth halfway through that first half after being hit in the face by his New Zealand opposite number. He was an integral part of the England Saxons sides that won the Churchill cup in Canada / USA 2008 and again in 2010.
Eric Fernihough (1920-1923) - British Motorcycle Racer
Published on December 31st, 2013 11:02
Born in 1905, Eric Fernihough was a British Motorcyle Racer who competed in many international races in the 1930 for the Excelsior Motor Company including in September 1930 the UMF Grand Prix in Pau, France.
In 1935, riding a Brough Superior, Fernihough improved the lap record at the Brooklands circuit, one of the fastest tracks of the time, to 123.58 miles per hour (198.88 km/h). In 1936, Fernihough set a new motorcycle land-speed record for solo motorcycles over the flying mile on a Brough Superior at a speed of 163.82 miles per hour (263.64 km/h). The following year, he improved the record using a supercharged 1000 cc J.A.P. engine, upping the flying kilometre record to 169.79 miles per hour (273.25 km/h). He also set a new record for sidecar motorcycles at 137 miles per hour (220 km/h).
On 23 April 1938, Fernihough was involved in a fatal crash while attempting to break the motorcycle land-speed record at Gyón, Hungary.
Kaines Adlard Coles (1917-1919) - Sailor
Published on December 3rd, 2013 12:13
Kaines Adlard Coles started sailing in 1920, and went on to secure a victory in the 1950 Transatlantic race, RORC points championships in 1947, 1957 and 1963. Awarded a Royal Institute of Navigation Gold Medal, a Royal Cruising Club Exploration award he was also hailed as Yachtsman of the Year becoming a world authority on heavy weather sailing. He founded the publisher Adlard Coles Nautical in 1947 and is equally well known for his pilot books of the Channel Islands and French waters.
John William Arthur Stephenson (1915-1917) - Cricketer
Published on December 3rd, 2013 11:25
Born 1st August 1907 in Hong Kong, John Stephenson entered the school in 1915. The March 1922 Clayesmorian records him as "A very promising batsman against slow bowling. Excellent field at point and can bowl a little."
A right-hand batsman and right-arm fast-medium bowler, he played first-class cricket in both India and England from the late 1920s until shortly after the Second World War. His Wisden obituarist opined that "there would always have been fewer empty grounds" had more players been like him. He was also a British Army officer, who saw service in the Second World War and gained the DSO. He died in May 1982 at Mare Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England.
To read his Wikipedia entry please click here.