Cedric Pike Memorial Stand, Chatswood Oval,
The Cedric Pike Memorial
Stand at Chatswood Oval was built in 1962 in memory of Gordon Rugby Club's
- Pte. Cedric Cathcart (Sid) PIKE, who died as a POW in Thailand in 1943.
As a rugby player, and
member of Roseville Rugby Club's committee, he led a delegation to the NSW
Rugby Union in 1935 seeking establishment of a new first grade district club
for the North Shore. The Gordon Rugby Union Football Club was granted
district status the following year and Pike was elected president at the
club's inaugural meeting. After one hour as president, he resigned and
became secretary, where he felt he could be of greater benefit.
Cedric Pike was the son of Mr Frederick and Mrs Emilv Pike, of 105 Archer
Street, Chatswood. Born in 1909, he was the youngest of three boys and two
girls, and was educated at Sydney Church of England Grammar School. Cedric
became a clerk in the Perpetual Trustee Company and then a representative of
Commonwealth Oil Refineries.
In a written history of the Gordon Rugby Club: "Alan Stark recalled
Cedric as a capable cricketer with Gordon, playing as a pace bowler, mainly
in second grade and playing later with Wanderers in the City and Suburban
competition. Gregarious and whimsical, but forceful of personality and
tireless in the cause of Rugby, Cedric Pike faced the facts of football life
as a teenager that he was destined never to represent Australia. Recognising
his lack of football skills from this early age, he channelled his energies
into administration of the game and refereeing."
Cedric was later appointed by the NSW Rugby Union as liaison officer for
the Australian tours of the Springboks in 1937, and the All Blacks in 1938.
In 1938 he was made a life member of the Gordon Rugby Club, with badge No.
Chatswood Oval is bounded by Albert Avenue, Orchard Road and Chapman Avenue,
in Chatswood, NSW.
Find it in
(Source: The Highlanders: the first 50 years of the Gordon
Rugby Football Club, by Phil Wilkins,1986 - ISBN 0949256064)