Past Players Association
Reunion Lunch 2019
An excellent turnout for the annual PPA lunch, it was good to see many old faces, new ones and some who had changed over the years that one was left wondering who that standing next to so-and-so was!
The reminisces are what makes this type of event special, from the time when coach travel was the norm, with customary late stop after games in Yorkshire and Midlands, the older players starting the singing on the way back, the numerous comfort breaks by the road side to the exploits of players on the evening out or the next day when people missed the coach back!!
The tour was always a highlight of any season. Eire, Holland, Belgium, not least South Wales organised by the ’Leader’ to mention a few from my playing days.
Certain fixtures/games stick long in peoples mind, whilst other are quickly forgotten oh happy days
I believe one of our oldest attendee was Don Yule who came up from the South of England; from farther afield was Doug Chamberlain who now lives in Portugal so great to see them.
The following were inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’
Dave Nicholls, John O’Dwyer, David Broadbent and Fred Winstanley
(Full list under ‘documents’ on the web site)
A number of past players are no longer with us since last year they include:-
John Skelton, Roy Jackson, Rod Goodall, Dave Jones Graham Beddard, Alan Taylor, Ian Smith, John Sankey
Club chairman Lewis Nunn gave and update as to the future of Warrington RUFC off the field which was very encouraging. From Nick Stafford, secretary, the state of mini and junior rugby was healthy and seven players have been selected for Lancashire and that the Warrington club had the most players in the Sale Sharks academy from Lancashire clubs
A vote of thanks goes to Fred Winstanley, for once again organising the lunch, Jim Robinson, Brain McLoughlin who relieved us of our money and Malcom for the catering (apologies to anybody I have missed
The game today is a far cry from those of yesteryear but I am sure some younger past players will have their memories of playing for WRUFC so let’s see as many of you as possible at next year's event, scheduled to coincide with the first home league game in March 2020
The players and supporters for Lunch 2019 were as follows…..
John Arnold, Ray Bate, Peter Boardman, David Broadbent, Paul Broadbent, Ian Buttress, Doug Chamberlain, Fred Clarkson, Stewart Coleman, Paul Cooper, Mike Cornelia,
Brian Crampton, John Davies, Bill Dutton, Paul Emson, Eddie Fairclough, Steve Forster, Terry Gorman, Colin Graham, Terry Hamblett, Frank Hawley, Ally Hazelhurst,
Steve Hennessey, Matt Hennessey, Paul Hennessey, John Hill, Phil Houghton, Glyn Howells, Bob Howlett, George Hutchinson, Clive Jones, Andrew Leigh, John Lewis, Mark London, Brian Love, Brian McLoughlin, Tim McMahon, Dave Nicholls, Lewis Nunn, John O'Dwyer
Paul O'Neil, Geoff Perks, Glen Ridpath, Jim Robinson, David Roughley, Brian Shaw,
Denis Smith, George Smith, Noel Smith, Nick Stafford, David Tomkins,
Norman Wainwright, Mike Williams, Fred Winstanley, Nigel Wrathall,
Simon Yates, Don Yule
Our 3 guests from Penrith who were the Warrington clubs opponents included their President Ian Davidson, it was a pleasure to host them.
See you next year
P.S. To all past players or supporters please ensure the club have up-to-date contact details, in this digital age an email to Fred Winstanley (firstname.lastname@example.org) or myself (email@example.com)
Updated 18:54 - 12 Mar 2019 by Warrington RUFC Webmaster