James Skelton

Economics, Trinity, CUAFC, CUGC, CUCC, CUEFC, CUDC, 1986-89

Hawks’ President 1988-89


Winning my golf blue with Iain Smith at Formby in 1987, and beating Oxford.


Where are you now?

Chesham, Bucks.


What are your sporting career highlights?

Beating CUDC captain Dave Cocker (where is he now?) 4-0 in the final of the CU Darts Championships at The Grapes in 1987, when only representing Trinity College 2nd team.

Close second: 3 golf blues, 1 soccer blue, Eton Fives 1/2 blue, Crusaders colours


What are your fondest memories of Cambridge Sport and The Hawks’ Club?

The Hawks, Trinity Turtles, Ferrets, Ospreys dinners and parties. You couldn’t make it up.


What do you miss most about Cambridge / The Hawks’ Club?

The freedom to play.


If you could relive any sporting moment from your lifetime, what would it be and why?

I would have sat in a different seat ? on the flight to Paris for The Hawks’ Tour in 1990 and would have avoided a tequila frenzy with St John Coley who I knew was trouble. Very tricky next 36 hours. Many thanks to Jonny A for sharing his French francs when I lost my wallet (which turned up the next day under my pillow). Lesson: don’t be a victim.

Close second: Crusaders v Authentics 1989. I would have told our skipper Batey to bring me onto bowl before he turned his chubby arm, and the game got away from us! We lost in a close one. Love you Batey.