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The 1930s

Pre-Second World War and the Greatest Ever Wasp

Prior to the Second World War the Club thrived enjoying perhaps its finest season in 1930/31 when the team was captained by Ronnie Swyer. The season saw Wasps unbeaten, notching up 530 points in the process and conceding only 76.

This particular team was noted for having amongst its ranks perhaps the most-famous of all Wasps players, Neville Compton.

Neville joined Wasps in 1925, going on to captain the side for eight years between 1939 and 1947 and became the first Wasps player to represent the Club at Barbarian level.

Unfortunately Neville was not destined to be the first Wasps player to gain an international cap in the post-war era, this particular accolade going to Pat Sykes, capped by England against France in Paris on the 29th March 1948.

However, Neville Compton continued to work tirelessly for Wasps, replacing his father as Fixture Secretary in 1959 and becoming President of the Club between 1970 and 1973.

Neville finally retired in 1988 and sadly for the Club and Rugby Union in general, he passed away the following year.