Season 1986-1987

A well-deserved Cambridge Win in Varsity 1987

(text and images by Peter Henshaw and Jonathan Schwartz, added by Oliver Nick in April 2021 and Michael Hofstetter in January 2022)

We would like to thank Peter Henshaw for the following memories of his time with CUBbC. He played for many of his years in Cambridge and graduated in 1989.

As you can see from the photo, we defeated Oxford in our Varsity Match in Cambridge. We played extraordinarily few games that year, this was well before the regular BUCS seasons. Especially memorable was the British Universities tournament in Glasgow. We lost to Oxford in this tournament, mainly thanks to the 3 point shooting of their star player. We focused on shutting him down in the Varsity Match.

J Schwartz was the player-coach, T Terrell did a lot of effective coaching in practice. Nicholls was the president of the club, but generally deferred to Schwartz and Terrell.

The Cambridge University Basketball Blues after their varsity win in 1987.

College league already existed at this early age. From the following season onwards, playoffs were introduced, which we replaced with Cupper’s in recent years. In 1987-1988, SJC won the league, but had to take a loss during these playoffs.

We also received additional material from this particular season by alumnus Jonathan Schwartz. We highly appreciate these memorabilia and thank him for the kind conversation.



Varsity Match Report in the Cambridge newspaper called Stop Press with Varsity
Varsity Match Report in the Cambridge newspaper called Stop Press with Varsity


Tip-off for the Varsity match 1987


Impressions from the Varsity Match
Cambridge getting back on defense.


The final result of the Varsity Match – wish they still had the same scoreboard at Kelsey Kerridge.
Cambridge with a comfortable lead – wondering if the quarters were played 12 mins back then.
Varsity Winners 1987
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