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Warm Octobers
Although October
hasn’t shared the general
warming noticeable
during the 1980s and
1990s, there have been
some excellent Octobers
over the last few years.
The best October in
my record occurred as
recently as 2005. The
mean maximum for that
month was as high as
61.3ºF, which was a full
3.7ºF above the then
running mean. Average
minima were even more
anomalous, being 5.6ºF
above the running mean
of 43.79ºF.
No less than 16 days
had maxima above 60ºF,
the warmest day being
Sevenoaks first XV:
the 10th when it rose to
This season Sevenoaks Rugby October fixtures
the club has appointed Tim
69.8ºF. There was no
Club have appointed a new captain, Tim
Golds as a new captain this
sign of any frost, the
Golds, who joined the club two years October 4 – Purley John Fisher (H)
season. October is expected
minimum being 34.7ºF,
ago following a move back to Kent from
as early as the night of
northern england where he played rugby
October 11 – Warlingham (A)
to be a tough month with the
start of league rugby
2nd–3rd. It was also a
at Sheffield and Lincolnshire. October 25 – Hove (H)
dry month with eight
he wanted to play for sevenoaks as
days without any rain.
both his father and grandfather had
sunshine, too, was well
been first team players and it has a great
above average, exceeding
reputation in the area.
100 hours, though there
Tim was lucky enough to be picked
were five sunless days. As
‘on the wing’ in the second team for
this followed a warm and
their first league game away at Thanet.
even drier september,
“But fortunately one of the centres
the autumn of 2005 will
had dropped out at the last minute and
long be remembered as a
I grabbed the opportunity with open
vintage one.
arms,” he said.
Four years earlier, in
After a few games in the extra first
2001, we experienced
XV, Tim was asked to play in a cup
another very warm
game at Worthing for the firsts, and with
October, especially in the
nothing to lose against a team third in
daytimes but that month
the London first division, Sevenoaks put
kent’s leading sports
was also very wet and
on a performance to be proud of, leading
windy, yielding 5.03in of
with ten minutes to go before Worthing
sneaked it at the end, but not without
historically, the best
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October in this corner of
players involved and they came off the
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the country seems to have
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been that of 1921, when
at Kew the maximum
Tim went from strength to strength and many more
temperature exceeded
despite last season believes that the club
• Free gait analysis
70ºF on no less than 12
is in a really healthy state and one that
days, including the first
the town should be proud of. sevenoaks
eleven. In 1908, there was
put out five senior teams and have a very 01732 749675
a five-day heatwave at the
successful junior section.
beginning of October.
The club is already off to a positive
In North Yorkshire, it start this season with wins for both the
Above Godfreys and next to Sainsbury’s Otford Road,
touched 83ºF. It would be first XV and the Extra first XV in the Sevenoaks Tn14 5EG
nice to hope that there pre-season friendlies against Tonbridge
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