Mick Palmer and Mick O’Sullivan inducted into Hall of Fame

Mick Palmer and Mick O’Sullivan have become the latest inductees into Bournville’s Hall of Fame.

They join George Foley and Ivor Boehmer in an exclusive club which recognises those who have given outstanding service to Bournville.

Mick Palmer joined Bournville as a 14-year-old in 1975 while he was a pupil at Kings Heath Grammar School and a number of his teachers also played for the club.

He made his first team debut at 16 in 1977 and was appointed captain in the early 1980s during which time he played county rugby for Worcestershire & Herefordshire and North Midlands Under-23s.

Mick resigned as captain in 1987 when he became a West Midlands Police officer which meant that he would have to play for them in the newly-created league structure.

He re-joined Bournville when West Midlands Police withdrew from the leagues and had another season as captain before a back injury forced him to retire 35.

Since then Mick has served the club in a number of important roles including fixture secretary, secretary, referee co-ordinator, first team manager and then ten years as chairman.

Mick O’Sullivan began his rugby career in Coventry with Old Wheatleyans – the old boys team of his school, Bablake – and moved to Birmingham to work for Serco, a Cadbury subsidiary company that looked after the computer system at the Bournville factory.

He worked with Bournville prop John Howard and, having guested for Bournville tours while still playing for Old Wheatleyans, Mick joined the club on a permanent basis in 1990 and has given outstanding service on and off the pitch ever since.

Mick was elected treasurer in 1990 and has held the post ever since and seeing the importance of the role increase as the club has expanded and developed with progress through the leagues and the development of Avery Fields.

As a player Mick, was an accomplished, uncompromising, fearless hooker, and played in an era when Bournville had two exceptional hookers in Pete Caves and Harry Tempest.

But Harry suffered a serious leg injury and Pete was moved sideways to help out as prop to accommodate the best front row with Mick at hooker. In 2002 Mick achieved the honour of his colours tie which he wears with pride.

Mick is also an excellent ambassador for the club socialising with the opposition at every home and away games and his inclusion in the Hall of Fame follows an earlier honour of being named Clubman of the Year.

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