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Charlie Jeavons-Fellows
Faithful_City (IP Logged)
03 January, 2018 13:45
One of the new breed being named and used in the A Team this season.

I was wondering is he a relation to this guy?


FORMER Worcestershire and Herefordshire player and one of rugby's most effective administrators John Jeavons-Fellows.
The 78-year-old was the driving force behind the introduction of league rugby in England in 1987 and although a staunch defender of amateurism was bold enough to accept the time had come for rugby to go professional in 1995.

As one of the RFU’s representatives on the International Rugby Board Jeavons-Fellows saw the gap between the Southern and Northern Hemispheres at the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa and realised the tide for professionalism could not be turned.

The historic vote to make rugby union an open game was taken by the IRB board at a meeting in Tokyo in September 1995.

Jeavons-Fellows also helped to lay the foundations for England’s World Cup success in 2003 by using his contracts to arrange regular fixtures for England against Southern Hemisphere opposition.

The result was the autumn international series which is now a permanent and hugely profitable feature of England’s fixture list along with summer tours to the Southern Hemisphere, pitting them against New Zealand, Australia and South Africa between World Cups.

Clive Woodward supported Jeavons-Fellows’ vision in creating a demanding playing programme which enabled England’s coach to assess players against the best teams in the world and get them battle-hardened for the World Cup.

At domestic level Jeavons-Fellows’ greatest legacy was the introduction of league rugby with a pyramid structure from the top to the bottom of the English club game.
The league system, which replaced a series of merit tables, gave ambitious clubs the opportunity to make rapid progress.

Although Jeavons-Fellows was known throughout the rugby world he was at home at Stourton Park, Stourbridge’s ground on the outskirts of the Black Country town.

Jeavons-Fellows, a combative prop who played county rugby for Worcestershire and Herefordshire, was Stourbridge captain in 1965 when the club made the short move from Wollaston to their new ground which they opened with a match against Moseley.

Under the meritocratic system that Jeavons-Fellows introduced Stourbridge rose to the third tier in the 2000s, narrowly missing out on promotion to what is now the Championship in 2008.

Jeavons-Fellows was the driving force behind the development of the facilities at Stourton Park, bringing in metal benches that used to be on the ringside at Twickenham, helping the club generate funds to build a 450-seater grandstand and to expand the clubhouse by building two towers.

After he retired from playing Jeavons-Fellows moved into rugby administration at Stourbridge, Worcestershire and Herefordshire and North Midlands then with the RFU and IRB.

He was competitions secretary of the Midlands Division which helped him to lay the groundwork for league rugby, Midlands chairman and president of North Midlands in 1993-94.

Jeavons-Fellows combined those roles with that of an RFU committee member from 1983 to 1995 and as one of the RFU’s two IRB representatives from 1994 to 1999.

During his time at Twickenham, Jeavons-Fellows was lead negotiator for television and broadcasting rights as well as sitting on various boards and committees.

His passion for rugby was shared by his wife Jackie who helped him organise a star-studded end-of-season charity lunch at Stourbridge which raised hundreds of thousands over the years.

Jeavons-Fellows’ three sons Tom, Dick and Harry also shared his love of the game.
Tom and Harry both played first XV rugby in Stourbridge’s front row.
Tom also captained the club and Harry, who died suddenly aged 39 in 2013, represented Scotland schools and England colts.

Dick emulated his father by becoming Stourbridge chairman and played alongside his identical twin sons Alfie and Zac for the club’s Grasshoppers side against Wolverhampton in September 2016 with a proud John watching from the touchline.
Harry’s son George represented Canada under 20s in the 2014 IRB Junior World Trophy in Hong Kong.

Alongside his distinguished voluntary service to rugby Jeavons-Fellows was a successful businessman with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Engineering Production Management.

He was a main board director of a publicly quoted group in his early 30s before becoming executive chairman of his own manufacturing company, employing 800 people which innovated robotic and computer-guided manufacturing techniques in the rapidly-changing automotive supply business.

If so then we may have unearthed yet another star.


usa warrior
Re: Charlie Jeavons-Fellows
usa warrior (IP Logged)
03 January, 2018 13:47
Did he really call his sons "Tom, Dick and Harry"!!!

TVM Rides Again....Again
Re: Charlie Jeavons-Fellows
TVM Rides Again (IP Logged)
03 January, 2018 13:51
Hereford and Worcester are too small for the balance of probabilities to say they are anything but related, surely? What with the unusual name and rugby involvement....

Re: Charlie Jeavons-Fellows
TeflonTed (IP Logged)
03 January, 2018 14:41
usa warrior
Did he really call his sons "Tom, Dick and Harry"!!!

Clearly a man who understood rugby at all levels.

Re: Charlie Jeavons-Fellows
arkivist (IP Logged)
03 January, 2018 17:49
And perhaps throw Nick Jeavons of Mose in the 60/70s into the mix?

Re: Charlie Jeavons-Fellows
worcestawarrior (IP Logged)
03 January, 2018 20:48
Didn't we have a Charlie Fellows playing for us about 6-7 years ago

Re: Charlie Jeavons-Fellows
Faithful_City (IP Logged)
03 January, 2018 21:10
Yes he was a Kings student, quite quick but I think it was longer ago than that.


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