Blast From The Past – Simon “Monty” Bartley

Chiswick legend takes trip down memory lane in our weekly catch ups as we caught up with Simon “Monty” Bartley.

Its my pleasure and an honour to be asked to be the blast from the past, my time at Chiswick is one I look back on with great fondness even though I’ve only been gone three short years, Chiswick RFC is somewhere that really does have my heart. It’s very humbling to think I might be remembered with any level of fondness. There isn’t a single player, old boy, or committee member I wouldn’t be pleased to have a beer at the bar with.

Name: Simon Peter Bartley to some Monty, to others Monty Bartos (There were some players who didn’t know my name was Simon)

Role within Chiswick RFC: 3rd team manager/physio, 1st team manager, club photographer

Years at Chiswick RFC: 7

Name some players you miss photographing and a few players you do not?

I’ve shot thousands of frames across all four teams, it really was good fun capturing the games, and i hope you all occasionally look at them with happy memories via my Facebook.

Hallett was easy to photograph as the stand off and always in the action, Rikki gave me some great break away shots,  Sutherland, Steer Purkiss, Burrows and Godfrey gave some great shots but I think my favourite shots are a toss up between Joe Grindle and Heath Joe.

I can’t say there are any I don’t miss shooting although Baby Rhino Gabs Lowe did like a pose and I hate posed shots but love the little poser.

Best memory or memories at Chiswick RFC?

There are definitely some games that stand out, the game at Tunbridge when the skies darkened the heavens opened and gave me some dramatic shots stands out, those Middlesex Cup Finals all had my heart racing, going into extra time in one of them nearly killed me. I think though more than any the promotion game in Norfolk at Diss has to be the best memory for me, and the shot of Dan Godfrey’s try is still one of my favourite shots i’ve taken at Chiswick.

Player you knew would always give it their all on a Saturday?

Hallett has the heart of a lion, and some of the shots of him look like a lion taking down a gazelle. Rikki was like the Energiser Bunny, wind him up and watch him go, actually any of the kiwi lads gave it all. Marco, and you only need to say Marco, gave it all in years of service to the club. Bissy is another one who walked off the pitch spent. “The Viking” Tom Shattock always gave his all in my view

What do you wish to see in the future at Chiswick RFC?

What do I wish to see at Chiswick, well what I’ve seen with the players taking a bigger role with the development has filled me with real optimism. I’d love to see Chiswick back in Division 1 and flourishing in the league. But most of all I want to see the clubhouse extension and the club continue to grow and flourish.

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