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Former business editor turns to sport with new rugby history book

A former business editor has turned to sport by chronicling the history of a rugby union club currently marking their 150th anniversary.

John Duckers has edited the recently published book celebrating Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club, who were founded in 1873.

The 384-page hardback tells the story of Moseley, who produced a clutch of England internationals and in the 1970s was among the top six clubs in the country.

A former business editor of the Birmingham Post, John still ghosts a personal finance column that appears in the paper.

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John, pictured, said: “Red & Black, the club’s colours, took a lot of work in pulling together the mountain of facts and figures prepared by archivist Ewart Patrick and turning them into a readable entity. All done voluntarily as inevitably these things are.”

John began his journalism career on the Aberdeen Press & Journal and he was a keen rugby player himself with Aberdeenshire RFC, who also wear red and black.

A Birmingham Press Club member, he is also treasurer of the local branch of the Journalists’ Charity.

The book is priced at £35 and available from the club’s offices.