MRFC News & Events

2011/12

News and reports to Paul Morgan

 

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Welcome to Maidenhead RFC's news and events page

There is lots going on at the club and here we hope to keep you up to date with what's coming up and reports on recent events.

 

Events

 

 

News

Latest Reports

Ladies reach final of Southampton Sevens

U16s receive Championship trophies at Wasps

U17s' Herculean win over Newbury

U16s win league title against Bracknell

U16Bs win league in fine style over Outlaws

1st XV take title with win over Reading Abbey

U13s snatch league glory on the final whistle

All huff but no puff for U13Bs in last league match

U15Bs end on a high note at Marlow

U15As in closely fought friendly at Marlow

 

Gordon MacDonald

It is my sad duty to report that Gordon MacDonald died on the 28th June aged 73, with his family and beloved wife Anne by his side. Gordon was a true rugby man, having played full back for Scotland before turning his talents to coaching.

At Maidenhead Gordon has been a key member of the committee in the role of Director of Rugby, but will perhaps be remembered by most for the amazing success he achieved with our Colts, leading them for several years to be one of the best teams in the Country. During this time Gordon developed many of the players now in our 1st XV, but also players like Tom and Max Evans of Scotland and James Haskell of England. Of all of his young charges, one thing is clear, they all adored and respected Gordon for his insightful rugby acumen and direct, honest approach.

Anne, James (Macca), Mel (Paddy), Rory (Rosco) and Euan (Bugs) have kindly extended an invitation to all who knew Gordon to come and celebrate his life with them on Monday and give him a proper send off!

Gordon's funeral will be held at 11.30am on Monday 9th July at Amersham Crematorium (Whielden Lane Amersham, Bucks HP7 0ND)with a dress code, according to his wishes, to include Maidenhead kit and colours (purple and black). The wake will follow at Maidenhead Rugby Club.

The family has requested no flowers, but would prefer any who wish, to make a donation to Bowel Cancer UK or Leukaemia Research Fund in Gordon's honour.

Myself and everyone at the Club send our heartfelt condolences to Anne, Paddy, Macca, Rosco, Bugs and the rest of his family. Gordon was a great man and will be sorely missed by us all.

John Wanklyn

Chairman & CEO, Maidenhead Rugby Club

 

 

Have your say ........
....
.. but, unfortunately, you will have to wait a few days yet to do so!

It is proving, regrettably, rather harder to get a survey form to you all than originally anticipated!

The fact is that many you may not have yet received a survey form because a very considerable amount of them have not yet gone in the post. The reason for this situation is a delay in the Royal Mail process. I am told that this is, regrettably, not an unusual situation.

For a number of reasons on my part, I have only just learnt of this situation or would have notified you sooner. However, I understand that the Royal Mail issue will hopefully be resolved in the next couple of days and you will then receive a form.

Please note also that, given the situation, we are extending the return date to 10th July 2012. I am trying to get the remaining letters changed to say this as well, but regardless of any date on the letter, this is now the actual date.

Thanks and regards

Dil Thomas

Artificial Grass Pitch in the News

Lots of positive coverage in the news as the construction of the Artificial Grass Pitch gets under way.

Both in the papers and online in Premiership Rugby, Maidenhead Advertiser and the Windsor Observer.

Have your say ............

As promised when we set out on this particular voyage into the unknown, we have now reached the point where everyone gets to have a say!

I have met with a great number of people over the past four weeks and from that have formulated a questionnaire about areas that generally seem to be of interest to members. All the members that I have spoken to are positive about the club but, as you would expect, they also raise questions.

These questions fall into four broad areas:

  1. the overall direction of the club in the next three years;
  2. the way in which we spend our money and the transparency thereof;
  3. the way in which members are represented on the committee and executive officers (i.e. chairman, secretary) are elected; and
  4. the way in which we communicate with each other.

We are now going to get broader views on these questions by means of a postal survey. The survey is going out to all the members, sponsors and friends of the club on our club database. It will, by intention, go only to adults but that intention is only as good as the data on our club database so please let us know if it happens to go to, for instance, a member who is under 18 so that we can correct our data. Furthermore, if you are a fully paid up member and you don't get a survey form it probably means that we have the wrong address for you on the database! If you have not received a survey form by, say, 22nd June and would like one then please let me know on the email below and I will send you one.

If I have one plea, it is that you do respond to the survey. I have arranged it so that the survey is costing the club nothing and is, hopefully, both easy to use and quick to fill out. We have also included a pre-paid envelope for the return of your form - so once you have completed it, simply put it in the envelope and post it back.

Please return the form in the envelope provided by 1st July 2012. All responses are anonymous/confidential and the club (apart from me in some instances) never gets to see your form, only the consolidated results.

Your consolidated responses will be used to formulate the recommendations that I put to the EGM later in July. Those recommendations, if accepted by the members, will underpin the direction that the club takes for the next three years or so. Your participation in the survey is, consequently, key to setting this direction.

When you get the questionnaire, you will see that some of the questions are quite stark and/or at the "extremes" of choice. That is deliberate. I am trying to highlight the issues that, from my conversations, seem to matter most to the membership and to get an unambiguous response. If you would like to add to or comment on any particular question there is a text box at the bottom of the questionnaire for you to write in - if you have a lot to say you can add an extra page!.

If one of the questions needs more explanation then by all means email me at mrfcreview@hotmail.co.uk and I will do my best to explain. I can't stress enough how important it is that as many members as possible respond, so I look forward to hearing from you all.

Thanks and regards

Dil Thomas

AGM Reports

As agreed at the AGM the reports of the Chairman John Wanklyn and the Director of Finance Ross Drake are available to view and download.

John Wanklyn's report. Ross Drake's report.

Maidenhead Touch Rugby League

starts on Tuesday 3rd July and runs for 8 weeks until Tuesday 21 August. All games are refereed and 40 mins in duration. Men's games tap off at 6.30pm whereas mixed games tap off at either 7.10pm or 7.50pm. For mixed games, there must be a minimum of 2 women on the field for the result to stand. A bonus point is awarded to teams who play 3 women play for the duration of the game. Touch is a minimum contact, fun and social game hence why men and women can play alongside one another.
Team entry is 280 for the season (30 extra if you require a set of team shirts and a ball). Please note that your team place is not secure unless a deposit of 50 or the full amount has been received. You can enter online now at www.in2touch.com. We also welcome individual registrations and we will find you a team to play in. The league is supported by Maidenhead RFC whose clubhouse plus bar are open on a league night. We also hope to have a BBQ and drinks there on Finals Night!
Free Touch Taster/Training Sessions
We will be holding free taster session at the venue/time set out below so please bring along your partners, friends and colleagues and get them involved in touch this summer. This session is for players who are new to touch as well as players/teams who would like to learn a bit more about the game. Please email phillipssamantha@rocketmail.com if you would like to attend these sessions so I can ensure enough coaches are in attendance. Maidenhead RFC - Tuesday 26 June - 7pm-8.30pm

Artificial Grass Pitch - Message from the Chairman

I am delighted to report that, subject to a final few details, work on our new Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP) project should start the middle of next week!

I mentioned in my AGM report earlier this month that the new AGP will enable us to increase use on the 1st XV pitch from our current 3-4 hours a week to well over 50 hours. This means we will be able to host more matches, training sessions and community sports activities in our prime location in front of the stand with easy access to our recently extended clubhouse. The combination of our Clubhouse, stand and a new floodlit AGP will elevate the facilities at Maidenhead Rugby Club to being some of the very best in the country. This is something all members, visitors and the local community will be able to enjoy for many years to come.

For those who may not know, there are different standards of artificial pitch depending on the primary sporting use, but the IRB and RFU specified surfaces are certified for full contact 15 a side rugby up to and including International level. They do not freeze, they do not flood and they do not bake rock hard in the summer. The surface is uniform, consistent and safe for all rugby and other sporting activities, all year round.

This is a truly amazing development in the history of our Club and I would like to thank the RFU and the RBWM for supporting our vision and making this project a reality. I would also like to congratulate Greenfields for winning this contract and am sure they will do everything necessary to deliver this splendid new pitch on time for the beginning of next season.

Over the coming weeks there will be various official press releases with more information, but I just wanted to inform members not to be concerned when they see heavy earth moving equipment starting to dig up our first team pitch in the next few weeks!

The RFU has offered to arrange a visit to a recently installed rugby AGP facility in the near future and I hope we can get a good cross section of the club involved in this visit.

In the meantime, if anyone has any questions about the new pitch please feel free to contact me directly.

John Wanklyn - Chairman & CEO

John's AGM report can be viewed here

Club Consultation Process

It was announced at the recent AGM that Dil Thomas has been asked to carry out a consultation process with as many club members as wish to participate. The purpose of this process is to give all club members an opportunity to express their views about the direction and focus of the club and the way in which it can best be managed to represent the desires and requirements of our overall membership.

Through better understanding we can ensure the Club is organised and governed appropriately, and constituted correctly, to meet these wishes and shared values.

For those of you who don't know Dil, he is an Honorary life member and a very significant benefactor and contributor to the club and has relevant professional expertise in this type of review. He has been associated with club in one way or another for over 12 years.

The aim is for Dil to complete the review over the coming two months in time to propose any specific recommendations as resolutions at the EGM to be arranged before the end of July.

Dil will be contacting all of the major groups in the club (age groups, coaching staff, senior teams, the committee and so forth) over the next ten days or so to arrange meetings.

If, however, you would like to meet with him individually, or as an informal group, outside of these meetings then please contact him on either 07503 481315 or by email at MRFCReview@hotmail.co.uk . He will also take written points of view provided that they are not sent anonymously. Dil is not on Twitter or Facebook and doesn't access any social media.. All conversations with Dil will be treated in strict confidence.

400 Club April winners

St John Ford

Chris Meade

Len Reynolds

Statement from Chairman & CEO

Last Saturday was one of the great days in the history of Maidenhead RFC, and I am sure that all those of you who supported our superb team in their victory over Reading Abbey, giving them the league title and promotion to National 3, were as thrilled as the club officers. It goes without saying that we are indebted to Ricky Khan and his fellow coaches, and to Simon Cripps and his squad. To all our valued players, well done!

Naturally, you will all be very anxious that we maintain our progress. National 3 is a very stern test, and as we have found before, demands a major uplift in all areas if we are to exist at the higher level. We would be totally failing in our duty as club officers if we had not carefully talked through all the implications of a possible promotion as the season progressed. The conclusion of these discussions and consultations is that significant changes are needed. We need a more powerful structure to build an integrated and sustainable senior playing section for our club. We do not want to be a yo-yo club and will need to integrate, develop and manage our overall playing resources better than we have ever done in the past.

With regret, we concluded that Ricky's undoubted talents probably did not lie in this area, and so we will not be retaining his services as head coach next season. It is important that we place on record here and now our thanks for the immense enthusiasm and commitment to the 1st XV he has brought over the past 4 seasons leading to our promotion, and wish him the very best for the future and what we are sure will be a successful coaching career.

I have asked Tony Brooks, who has taken our Colts to within one game of the BBO crown and who played for Rosslyn Park, Bath and England A before turning to coaching, to head up a group of key people in drawing up a new senior playing structure and strategy for the next 3-5 years. This will help to put the club on a much firmer footing.

At heart we are a community club with a mission to provide integrated community representation. We are also a big club with one of the largest and best-run Youth sections in the Country, leading into an Academy that has achieved outstanding results in only two years. We need to integrate these strengths and harness them into our overall senior playing section so we protect our community focus for the future.

The success of the Academy started with the development of a very well conceived plan that highlighted the specific goals, objectives, structure, roles and implementation plan to make the Academy a success. Our aim is to repeat this process for the development of the senior section.

We are committed to ensuring an exciting future for the Club and you are warmly welcome to share the journey.

John Wanklyn (chairman and chief executive)

'400 Club' Winners

October - 1.K Young, 2.D Bough, 3.D Goodman

November - 1.C Kingsley, 2.C Harper, 3.J Welch

December - 1.A Harries, 2.R Smith, 3.S Edwards

January - 1.A Marshall, 2.C Barrow, 3.A Swift

February - 1.J Hayden, 2.D Evans, 3.J Rainford

March - 1.G Cowen, 2.M Bates, 3.S Bough

 

1st XV promoted to National Leagues

The 1st XV's 34-25 win over Reading Abbey confirmed them as South West 1 East champions winning promotion to National League 3 South West.

Well done to Ricky, his coaching team and all the Senior squad who have contributed to a great season.

Pictures from the game can be found in the Gallery here.

 

The spectators enjoyed it too and we received this nice note from a visitor.

"I live in the Havant area and wanted to take my Australian nephew (10yrs) to a club game. He was staying in Wokingham. Your site was so much clearer than those Pitchero things and I was easily able to find what I needed to know.

We came to Braywick on Sat and had an excellent time. The locals were all friendly and the facilities were great. I thought the game was good too.

Please pass on my gratitude to the club officers - a quite brilliant afternoon which I think Rory and I will remember for many years.

Kind regards Richard Spurgeon."

Congratulations to Richie Craig

Richie Craig was this week announced as the new captain of the RAF rugby team.

This is a huge honour for Richie after many years representing them in the interservices competition, well done Richie

MRFC awarded new RFU Club Accreditation

MRFC awarded new RFU Club Accreditation

Maidenhead RFC were again delighted to be recipients of another award from the Rugby Football Union. The RFU recently launched a new Club Accreditation scheme to help all rugby clubs in England become stronger, more effective, more efficient and more enjoyable places to play rugby.

Maidenhead RFC are only one of 94 clubs in England to attain the award, earning advantages like the Sport England Clubmark recognising the excellence of their youth, women and men's sections together with increased status and credibility with local authorities, educational establishments and potential sponsors. Accreditation was awarded at Twickenham Stadium as part of the Daily Mail Schools Day, when Chairman of the Board of Directors Paul Murphy presented a plaque for the clubhouse to John Wanklyn (Club Chairman), Julian Rainford (Director of Youth Rugby) and his son Louis Rainford who plays in their Youth section.

John Wanklyn commented "Maidenhead is a club at the heart of our community and with a home Rugby World Cup in 2015 we expect to attract even more members. This is a great time for our sport and it's a great accolade for us to be awarded Club Accreditation. We had a great day at Twickenham and will continue to welcome everyone to the club, where we can guarantee they will have a marvellous time and make lots of new friends. Whether playing rugby, helping out as volunteers or simply coming along to watch the games everyone is welcome and they can see from the plaque on the wall that we are right up there with the best!"

RFU Young Officials Award

RFU Young Officials Award

This weekend Maidenhead RFC held a RFU Young Officials Award (YOA) course at Braywick. The event was attended by 15 members of the junior section and is part of a programme to develop referees from within the club. The course was tutored by John Ford, Training Officer for the Berkshire Referees Society and MRFC member. The YOA provides an introduction for those aged between 14 and 19 into the officiating role, and allows them to get to grips with the basics of refereeing. The qualification looks at the fundamentals of officiating including communication, positioning, attitudes, management and control. It also provides further understanding of the key aspects of rugby such as the tackle, ruck, maul, scrum, line out and kick off. To complete the award the players will have to undertake a further 10 hours of practical officiating. This will be facilitated by the club and Clare Daniels from the RFU Referees department to involve club and school events.

Become a Part-Time London Wasps Community Referee

Wasps are looking for referees to join their our Community Team as a part-time Referee working on the delivery of our Community Programmes.

You need to be a qualified rugby referee and possess a CRB Enhanced Disclosure Certificate.

Full details of the (paid) opportunity can be found here.

Wasps deliver 'Coach The Coaches' session at MRFC

On Wednesday 21st March Wasps' coaches Ben Smiley and Ryan Hunt delivered a session in the Coaches The Coaches Programme at Community Partner Club Maidenhead RFC. The session was delivered to 18 Under 16s players and was designed to provide the observing coaches with ideas and game understanding to help promote an improved level of rugby delivery to their players. Wasps' report on the session can be found here.

Berkshire U20s v Gloucestershire - Sunday 18th March

The Berkshire Under 20 team were emphatic victors over Oxfordshire last Sunday winning 58 - 13, winning in some style. They now play the current Championship holders Gloucestershire for a place in the Semi-Finals. The match is to be played @ Reading RFC, next Sunday 18th March ko 2.30pm The County encourages as many people as possible to come along and support the squad.

Schools Tag Rugby Festivals

MRFC again hosted the Schools Tag Rugby Festivals this year.

The Years 5/6 competition was held on 21st Feb and was covered by the Advertiser see here

The years 3/4 competition was held on 13th Mar and was covered by the Advertiser see here

Salisbury match pictures

Some pictures taken by Denis Murphy of the triumph over Salisbury can be seen here www.dmsportingimages.com/rugby

Hannah Edwards selected for England U20s

Ex-Maidenhead Youth player Hannah Edwards has been selected for England Women's U20 team to take on France this Sunday. Hannah currently plays for Wasps.

Another player from Maidenhead's youth section to be added to our Hall of Fame.

Daily Mail RBS Schools' Day - Wednesday 4th April, Twickenham

The RFU has kindly provided 93 clubs across England with up to 50 free tickets to watch the finals of the Daily Mail Cup.

The schedule for the day is;

11am - U15 Vase Final

12.30pm - U15 Cup Final

2.00pm - U18 Vase Final

3.30pm - U18 Cup Final

Maidenhead (along with Windsor and Reading) have been invited to represent Berkshire. We have requested the full quota of tickets and open them up for members to apply on a first-come, first-serve basis. Members can request as many tickets as they like but in the event we receive a surplus amount of applicants they will be allocated no more than 2.

MRFC Article in Rugby Club Magazine

Maidenhead RFC is one of the featured clubs in the latest issue of Rugby Club magazine.

Rugby Club Magazine is now available online.

To read (and download) the full magazine click here.

Scrumys rugby themed sessions for young children

From the 3rd March Scrumys are going to be running fun organised play session for children with a rugby theme, touching on fundamental motor skill development. By participating in our sessions, we expect your child to spend some time learning important skills, making new friends and having fun.

The sessions will be run every Saturday at the club.

There are two classes:

18 mths to 2 1/2 years at 10.30am 45min session

2 1/2 years to 4 years at 11.15am 45 min session

see www.scrumys.co.uk for details.

Best wishes to Tom Plumer

As many of you may know 1st team player Tom Plumer was in a bad accident last Friday evening and is now in Wexham Park Hospital. He suffered a badly smashed pelvis/hip. He will shortly be moved to the Radcliffe in Oxford where there is a specialist unit for this kind of injury. He would be happy to see or hear from his friends at MRFC.

Best wishes to Tom for a smooth recovery from all at Maidenhead RFC.

90th ANNIVERSARY JERSEY - 2nd order

90th Anniversary Shirt

There is a new opportunity to order the club's 90th Anniversary commemorative rugby jersey.

The deadline is Sunday 12th February for a delivery time of the end of April.

All cheques should be made payable to 'Maidenhead Rugby Club'. No orders will be placed without payment. Cash payments are required to be paid in behind the bar with receipt attached to order form as proof of payment.

Previous orders for the Anniversary shirt are now available for collection from the office.

Buenos Aires Cricket & Rugby Club

Maids welcome a party of 70 tourists from the Buenos Aires Cricket & Rugby Club this weekend. BACRC gave our U16s a fantastic reception on their tour to South America in 2010 and the current Colts are delighted to be able to reciprocate this weekend. The tourists will hopefully be supporting the 1st XV vocally on Saturday afternoon before enjoying the club's hospitality on Saturday night and playing 3 games on the Sunday against the Under 17s and the 2 Colts squads.

Please make them very welcome and come down and support the Maids' sides on Sunday.

Jamie Tolan selected for SW U18

Congratulations to Colt Jamie Tolan on his selection for the final SW U18 squad to take part in Division play offs in February.

Tour Shirts

Now that the festive season is over, it's time to start thinking about that RUGBY TOUR! Hawkinsport have a new jersey design tool on their Piranha Sports website which will help you come up with a funky design for your tour shirt. Before you know it tour time will be here, so get designing as lead times will get longer the nearer we get to Easter. www.piranhasports.co.uk

Lead times are currently 8-10 weeks so hurry! If you cannot find the design of shirt you are after, let them know what you are after and they will create it for you. They can also produce polo shirts, T shirts, hoodies, waterproof jackets, bags, beanies and caps in record time, so if you do leave it to the last minute, Hawkinsport CAN HELP! Lead times for these garments are approximately 2 weeks.

Wasps Community Twitter(@waspscommunity)

Wasps Community (@waspscommunity) have launched their own twitter account and and are hoping to hit 1000 followers before Christmas.

As well as the usual updates, @waspscommunity will be providing our twitter followers with the opportunities to win prizes over the next few days and weeks... so don't miss out! If you are a Twit(ter) 'follow' @waspscommunity.

90th ANNIVERSARY JERSEY

90th Anniversary Shirt

As part of the upcoming celebrations for the club's 90th Anniversary we are producing a commemorative rugby jersey so that everyone can have one to proudly wear at the Anniversary match in February.

The deadline is Wednesday 23rd November 2011 so jerseys can be available in time for the Anniversary match in February.

All cheques should be made payable to 'Maidenhead Rugby Club'. No orders will be placed without payment. Cash payments are required to be paid in behind the bar with receipt attached to order form as proof of payment.

Wooden Spoon Annual Lottery

As one of our nominated charities MRFC are selling tickets for the Wooden Spoon Annual Lottery. Tickets have been provided to all playing sections of the club and are also available behind the bar and food counter. The cost of a ticket is 1 with the draw taking place on 12 December 2011.

The 1st prize will be a new car with a long list of other outstanding prizes.

As part of out mutual co-operation on local projects Wooden Spoon has agreed for MRFC to retain part of the proceeds. These funds will be ring-fenced to assist members of the club's thriving Youth section who find it difficult to meet their membership fee. By working in this way we are looking to give them support which would have otherwise been unobtainable.

As an added bonus all sold tickets will initially be entered into an internal club raffle to be made on Sunday 27th November 2011. The prize will be a playing shirt signed by London Wasps! All sold tickets will then be put forward to the Spoon's Annual Lottery draw.

Please ensure all tickets (where sold or not) and monies are left with Jean Kingsley by noon, Sunday 27th November 2011.

Berkshire Ladies lose out to Gloucestershire

Berkshire Ladies lost out to Gloucestershire 17-12 at Newbury last Sunday, with a number of Maidenhead players gaining representative honours.

With three players in the starting line up and another five on the replacements bench, it was a good representation from the Braywick ladies.

Berkshire now travel to Somerset for their next fixture on 6th November. Full report here.

'400 Club' Winners for Sept 2011

1st N Proddow

2nd K Lawton

3rd A Emmanuel

Youth Tournament Raffle Winners

Thank you to everyone who took part in the raffle. Over a 1,000 tickets were sold.

Congratulations to the following who won;

1st prize - Signed shirt from the Russian RWC squad - E Aitken (00872)

2nd prize - Signed shirt from Harlequins RU Squad - Mr Deans (00399)

3rd Prize - Singed shirt from Sale Sharks - C McKenna (03633)

4th prize - Golf Assessment - S Casserly (02615)

5th prize - Meal for 4 at Toby Carvery - James (03638)

6th prize - Case of Wine - John Evans (00192)

7th prize - 100 M & S Vouchers - N Cottee (00036)

8th prize - 2 Adult tickets to the London Eye - A Hawkins (02598)

9th prize - Tickets to a Sealife Centre - Mr Deans (00398)

10th prize - Cinema Tickets - K Stannard (02002)

11th prize - Ball signed by Martin Corry - N Potter

Maidenhead Ladies selected for Berkshire

An impressive nine players from Maidenhead Ladies were selected for the Berkshire Women's Rugby squad in trials held at Wellington College last Sunday.

Forwards Becky Evans, Jenny Worth, Ailsa Harris, Meghan Whalley, Frankie Diplock, as well as backs Louise Walker, Grace Shaw, Emma Lecount and Jade O'Neill made the selection.

The Maids' contingent makes up a large part of the group, which is also bolstered by players from Bracknell, Reading and Newbury. It is a notable achievement from the Braywick ladies, especially as only Walker and Worth had played rugby before last season.

This season sees a reinvigorated county and divisional programme in women's rugby in England, in an RFU initiative to identify and develop talented female players in the junior and senior game.

The first Berkshire Women's game is against Gloucestershire on Sunday 16th October.

Also two Maidenhead girls were selected in the Under 18 Berkshire Girls Development squad. Bethany Worth and Roisin Molloy, also earned their places at the Wellington trials.

Rick Wheddon

I am very sad to report that Rick Wheddon, a dear friend and longstanding playing member, supporter and sponsor of the Club, sadly lost his battle against cancer last week at the age of 46. Rick fought the disease for over three years with the same immense courage, tenacity, and humour he approached all things in his life, including rugby. For this he will always be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all here at Maidenhead Rugby Club.

Rick's funeral will be held at St Edmund Campion Church on Thursday 29th September at midday, followed by a wake at Maidenhead Rugby Club.

Rick's wife Jane has extended an open invitation to join her and the rest of their family and friends on Thursday and help celebrate Rick's life. The family will be putting together a "memory box" and have invited everyone to contribute with photo's, stories or anecdotes about Rick, which the family can look over now and in years to come. I have been told that this can include anything that you loved about Rick, including some of the more humorous or colourful events we may of shared with him!

Jane has also requested that instead of buying flowers, she would rather people made donations to 2 charities that were close to Rick's heart and are dedicated to helping not only improve the care and treatment for Cancer sufferers but more importantly to living strong with cancer and making the most of the rest of your life. Details of these will be included on the order of service on Thursday.

Obviously, our thoughts, best wishes and deepest condolences go to Jane and her three children, Beth, Will and Robert and the whole of Rick's family.

For those who wish to send Jane and the family a card, her address is School Cottage, Henley Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 6QW.

John Wanklyn

Chairman & CEO, Maidenhead Rugby Club

Advertiser's Cash for Sport

Cash for Sport

Win a share of 20,000 for our club. The more tokens we collect the more cash we receive. Tokens will be printed every Thursday in the Advertiser until November 3 If every member collects three tokens each we will definitely win a cash prize, so start collecting now.

All sides should collect tokens and give them in behind the bar or office so we can collect up to 2,000 from the paper. All monies earned has to be invested in playing equipment. Provisional agreement has been reached to put the majority of money into buying rucking shields.............the ones that do not walk on their own or have the gift of invisibility!

NEW MRFC Find a result and report database

Try our new results database MRFC TOTAL RESULTS & REPORT FINDER

You can find any known 1st XV result since the first match in 1922, along with all the results and reports on the website since 1999 plus many other results.

If there is an associated match report there will be a link to it. There are currently over 5000 results which will be continue to be added to.

Maidenhead RFC in Rugby World

Rugby World

Maids feature prominently in Stephen Jones's column in this month's Rugby World. Steve interviews John Wanklyn and discusses the issues around paying players at our level and the financial implications of promotion to the National leagues.

The article can be downloaded here (Page1&2 Page3&4)or you could go out and buy Rugby World.

 

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