John le Roux
Chair, Ikey Tigers Supporters Club
I first experienced Basil when, as a school boy, we would love watching Basil exhorting his Ikey team to great victories at Newlands in the late 50’s and 60’s.
Then, I had the joy of being part of a UCT Past and Present team, captained by Basil, playing against Maties Past and Present in 1966. The Maties flew in many Springboks, but unfortunately for them, with Basil’s captaincy as a major factor, we won 26/13.
Then in 1972 Basil was the coach of the False Bay team that went on to win the Grand Challenge.
To sum up, Basil was inspirational. His love of rugby played with intelligence, adventure and flair, was infectious and got his fellow players and team to think about and lift their game.
Ikey Tiger Executive Committee
I had the great honour of playing in the UCT First XV teams, coached by Basil Bey, in the early ’80s. Having played my schoolboy rugby in Natal I found I fitted naturally into his philosophy of playing skilled running rugby. In 1982, UCTRFC’s centenary year, we toured the main SA rugby centres and then travelled to Mauritius and Reunion, where we played 3 matches. Basil was never a man of many words, so on that tour, where lots of time was spent over the local Mauritian Phoenix Lager, I was able to get to know him better and to learn a bit about his wonderful character and his very spiritual outlook on life and his rugby wisdom and philosophy.
Teams coached by Basil were always special teams to play in, as they were adventurous teams and we were encouraged to play the game with skill and daring tenacity. Usually a Lock, in 1983, he picked me to play Eighth Man against Collegians at St Georges Park in PE. I recall late in the game being isolated and trapped with the ball close to our line. Under pressure I made what I thought was a great kick into touch and relieved the pressure. After the game, I was admonished for my lack of adventure and – needless to say – never played Eighth Man for UCT again.
Basil was a true student of the game, enthusiastic, fun to be around and I count myself fortunate to have been coached by him. He will be missed.
Ikey Old Boy
Once when UCT had lost to a team playing negative, defensive rugby, invariably preferring to kick away possession, Basil commented “We enjoyed the game, they had only the result to enjoy.”
Ikey Old Boy
Earlier this month, that great rugby man, Basil Bey, passed away. He was an inspiration to all of us who love rugby. His maxim “If there are two of you and one of them, you can play wherever you are on the field” has lived with me over all the years.
We shared a dislike of long passes and we referred to them as ‘magnet passes’ because they draw all the defenders and kill overlaps.