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Rugby Icon Mike Gibson (4368) MBE visits Campbell

Mike recalls memories of his playing days at Campbell with Mr. John McKinney
27 Jan 2022
Written by Claire Bunting
Of Interest
Standing where it all began...
Standing where it all began...

We were delighted to host Mike Gibson (4368) M.B.E. and friend Rowan Kitt, Fellow & Development Director of Queens’ College, Cambridge to our campus. Rowan commented that he had heard so much about Campbell from Mike, he was excited to see where his famous rugby playing career began. Not only that, Rowan recalled the number of talented players from Campbell who continued their rugby career at Cambridge University. It was quite a list!

Mike enjoyed visiting the U15 field which was home to him and the site of many cherised wins. Although Fox's Fields is now the premium rugby pitch, it had not yet been developed when Mike attended Campbell. He also enjoyed seeing the cricket pavillion which he said had not changed since he was at school. Many of you may not know that Mike was also a successful cricket player, captaining both our team and the Irish Schools XI team too! Mike returned to Campbell in 1966 just after his British Lions career had taken off, to open Fox's Fields. Today, he was so impressed with the quality of the pitch and remarked how lucky our pupils are to have such a great surface to play on. Mike will be watching the cup results keenly in the next few weeks, hopeful for another Campbell victory!

You can read about Mike's successes in the following articles featured on the OC website and on the Rugby Hall of Fame Induction video where he discusses his time at Campbell and how this influenced his career.

Mike Gibson (4368) Voted Rugby Icon Of The 1960s By Rugby World Magazine Readers

How many memories do these bring back? Pictured centre are (from left) Michael Gibson (4368) and Freddie Craig (4355), Captains for Cambridge and Oxford Universities XV, respectively, in 1965.

 

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