Here we go, on another weeks THROWBACK THURSDAY, where we try our best to honour the Worthing players and teams of yesteryear!
This week we will be honouring brothers! That’s right, brothers. Since Worthings very existence there have been at least one set of siblings present to represent Worthing in our most significant squads. Right back to the beginning, through the 70’s, 80’s and into the 90’s Worthing most definately kept it in the family. So let’s go back to the beginning, literally, and look at Worthings first significant team of the late 1890’s and early 1900’s.
Ernie Paine, a significant player in his own right, captained not only Worthing, but the England squad as well. He wasn’t the only Paine present in the Worthing squad, however, as during this period he was supported by 2 of his brothers, R. C. Paine and W. R. Paine. Together they formed one of the most successful periods for Worthing, until the present day.
There are probably many more brothers to play over the next few decades leading up to the 60’s and 70’s. Graham White and his brother to name a few, but the next significant duo changed the shape of Worthing Water Polo and have a direct impact on today’s current squad and there names are Duncan and Alastair Roberts. Alastair in particular has become perhaps the most influential person in Sussex water polo history. They wouldn’t be alone, however, as another family name would become synonymous with Worthing SC through the 80’s and into the 90’s. The Hodges brothers. Frank, Robert, Kevin and Andy Hodges would be a permanent and important feature to the Worthing squad, and would be involved in the clubs first Sussex Championship for 80 years. Another set of legendary brothers were also a part of the 1994 team, who happen to be relatives of Ernie Paine. Dean and Scott Orchard, who contributed with a large number of goals during the 90’s, formed an outstanding offensive duo.
Arguably the next and one of the most significant teams is the 2009 squad that played in the first ever season in BWPL. Worthing started the season with Joel and Sam Abbott, two very talented players and they would add to this duo, later in the season, with Dominic and Alex Cranford.
So, we honour all the brothers that have ever played for Worthing at the same time! Tweet us, or message us on Facebook if you think we’ve missed some siblings from our tribute!