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Family Elite (formerly Family Fit)         

 

Family Head: "Ugly" Will Thompson

 

Family Elite at the 60th Anniversary Dinner

Family Fat

 

Traditionally home to the larger gentlemen of the club, family fat is now home to all manner of rigs. With a rich history of culinary excellency, family fat socials often revolve around food consumption and blind tastings. Started by former family head Sam "Reggae Reggae Socks" Pearson, the highlight of each year involves a food crawl of multiple courses around the family members residences. Family Fat! Family Fat! Family Fat!

Family Head: Alex "Sheep" Lane

 

 

Family Fat at the 60th Anniversary Dinner

Family Mao

 “Felix was Family Mao” The youngest and most “unique” family in the club is Family Mao which began in the late 1990’s/early 2000’s with Felix Mao as the inaugural family head. An international student from Hong Kong, Felix got heavily involved with UBMSRFC and set about carving out a new family within its ranks. Family Mao, as it became, has always set itself apart from the older families, with Mao-Men having many of their own unique traditions, games and relics (something members past and present still carry on to this day). It was under Felix’s tutelage that the annual family pilgrimage to Birmingham’s Chinatown was inaugurated, with Felix picking the smallest back-street restaurant, and ordering food and beers for the whole table in Cantonese before all the family members had even sat down. It’s fair to say that Felix and all the boys from that era, through their efforts, created a family that is still one of the largest and strangest in the cloob. As well as being the youngest family, sadly Family Mao has a tragic story at its heart. After graduating, Felix Mao went back to the Far East, and took his own life soon afterwards. It’s a particularly poignant story given the recent suicide of Dr Tom ‘Sam Peepy’ Oakland in 2017, another Old Boy, and just goes to show the importance of Clubmen looking out for one another. His “family” were there for each other though, and one of the highlights of the recent 60th Club Anniversary Dinner was hearing from his club mates about Felix, the family, and the wonderful times they all had together in the Club. Felix’s memory lives on in the ‘Game of Mao’ we still play to this day. To Mao!

Family Head: Alex "Clare Balding" Browne

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Family MACHO

MACHO despite being one of the newer family’s has a rich set of traditions, which form a staple part of Saturday Rugby fun. Often clad in little but wrestling masks and capes we can be found enjoying fast and loud games of super Wang, Hulk Hulk Smash and Game of Death. The family is centred around a simple premise, More Alcohol Causes Hang-Overs, despite this Macho Men consistently put this to the test each week. One of the highlights of the calendar is the infamous Macho family dinner, this delightful evening fueled by tequila and nachos, recently inspired by ancient sparta is overseen by our patron saint Hulk. It is not one to miss. The men of Macho are made up of people from far and wide, and many previous chairman’s hail from our esteemed family. The boys in Macho are often the loudest at rugby socials, and feel more comfortable standing upon the tables rather than sitting at them.

Family Head: Sam "Macho" Foster

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Family Fabio (defunct circa 2008)

Past Family Heads:
Family Elite 

2014 James Wright

2015 Will Blevins

2016 Alex Hollis

2017 Ben Kennard

2018 Guy Foggitt

2019 Adam Mackie

2020 

2021 Will Thompson

Family Fat 

2013 Sam Pearson

2014 Tom Stevens

2015 Tom Stevens

2016 Sam Bourke

2017 Dom Catlow

2018 Richard Jones

2019 James Wooding

2020 Josh Gibson

2021 Alex Lane

Family Macho 

2015 Ding Yang

2016 Ananth Srinivasan

2017 Richard Hutton

2018 Ronan Yeo

2019 Andrew Bellringer

2020 

2021 Ciaran Simpkins

Family Mao 

2015 George Greenless

2016 Luke Mason

2017 Harvey Walsh

2018 Simon Hind

2019 Alec Rapson

2020 Joe Taylor

2021 Alex Browne