Nottingham Rugby is saddened to learn of the passing of former player and Chairman, James ‘Jim’ Buxton.

James not only played for the club 141 times but also made many other significant contributions to the club. 

Born 29th May 1931, Mapperley Park, Nottinghamshire, James was educated at PNEU School, Dolphin Preparatory School, Oundle School (where he played rugby) and Manchester College.

He made his Nottingham debut on 3rd April 1954 v Rosslyn Park at Old Deer Park, where the game finished 3-3.

Buxton went on to make his 141st and final appearance on 23rd April 1962 v Harrogate at Ireland Avenue, a game which ended 3-0 to the Green and Whites.

He was primarily a Centre but also made a number of appearances on the wing, scored 42 points (14 tries).

After hanging up his boots, James went on to become the Chairman of Nottingham Rugby for eight seasons 1969/70 to 1976/77. During that time, he built a new clubhouse at Ireland Avenue to mark the club’s centenary (opened 1977). He was also president of Nottingham Rugby for 3 seasons (1985/86 to 1987/88).

James sadly died on 25th October 2020 aged 89 years and 149 days.