Host for the evening was Television Presenter Jill Douglas with Gloucester Rugby's Community Manager Gary Little assuming the role of Master of Ceremonies.
The pair of them adroitly kept proceedings moving at a suitable pace while an excellent dinner was served and guests were treated to a commemorative video produced by Tom Seymour, Steve Maddison and Jack Wakeley from the University of Gloucestershire.
Interviewed by Jill between the courses were the likes of Fred Reed, Pete Glanville, Nick Wood with Mike Burton rounding things off.
Perhaps the highlight of a memorable evening, however, was the presentation of an engraved silver plate to the team by RFU Vice President Bob Reeves.
40 years ago, the team's triumph was rewarded with a simple wooden plaque which somewhat pales into insignificance compared to some of the silverware up for grabs today.
Credit to the RFU, they recognised the possible oversight and produced the silver plate which was presented, by popular demand, to Mark Nicholls who was representing father Mike, the captain on that famous day in 1972, who was absent due to illness.
Mark was understandably proud to receive the award.
"I think it's lovely that the club is finally recognised properly for what they achieved in 1972.
"They were trailblazers, they changed the game essentially. From our point of view we're very proud as a family to receive this for Dad.
"Dad is immensely proud of his time at Gloucester and being able to captain the club. He is good friends with all his team-mates from that side, stemming from their days together.
"It's always lovely to hear people say kind words about dad, and we've extremely proud of him.
"But Dad was never in it for reward or recognition, he did it for his friends and the club, and he still loves the club to this day. It was just what he did, and he never asked anything in return.
"I think it was important for Dad to be there on the evening. It's a shame he wasn't well enough to stay for the whole night but he's glad he was there, that's for sure."
The evening finished on a lovely note as Rory Lawson presented each of the squad with a limited edition print of the 'Big Sheet' that his grandfather, Bill McLaren, prepared for his commentary on the 1972 game.