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The Former Players' Autumn Lunch took place before the 1st home game of the season v Leeds. Chairman, Leigh Mansell welcomed the Association's guests Clive Leek, President of the East Midlands and his wife, David Powell, acting President of Northampton Saints, Followers' committee members Jackie Markham and Pete Kimber and the Leeds committee which included Sir Ian McGeechan and his wife. Thanks to Dave Gunner, Mike Lilley, Roger Slaughter and the Club who donated raffle prizes.
FPA CLUB DINNER - FRIDAY 24TH MAY
Club President Gareth Davies started the proceedings by awarding, on behalf of the club, a posthumous honorary life membership to Blues legend, Mark Howe. Later in the evening an inscribed plaque was presented to Don Gillett, in memory of Harry Stillman. It will mark the Announcer's Seat in the main stand.
Simon Jones, the club's former Head Physio, was presented with a framed signed club shirt by Mike Rayer in appreciation of his long and dedicated service. Finally, Ben Gulliver received the Players' Player of the Year Trophy from last year's winner Chris Locke together with a watch which was donated and presented by Bernard Henry. This year's entertainment was provided by a comedian.
The FPA would like to thank members who donated raffle prizes and Simon Jones who gave a flag signed by the 2012 Ryder Cup teams, which was auctioned. Director of Rugby Mike Rayer thanked players, staff and supporters for their contribution to a very successful season.
The whole evening was, as usual, presented impeccably by Sam Roberts and the excellent meal was provided by Paul Mead.
LONDON LUNCHEON 2013
70 members enjoyed an excellent lunch at the Inns of the Court on Friday, 1st February. Among those present were the 4 top try scorers for the club-Derek Wyatt(145) Budge Rogers(126) Barrie Williams (126) and Ben Whetstone (121). Many thanks to former player, Phil Boulding QC for organising the venue and sponsoring part of the lunch.
BEDFORD RUGBY CLUB GOLF SOCIETY
The annual golf match between the FPA and the Blues took place at The Bedford GC on Wed 4th Sept in glorious sunshine.
Brendan Burke, the Blues captain, had kindly organized three prizes for longest drive and nearest the pin. He also provided drinks after the match which was even more appreciated.
The FPA won the event 4 matches to 2 with the following FPA winning pairs.
1. Andy Moffat & Richard Chadwick
2. Tod Slaughter & Richard Butt
3. Gareth Davies & John Cooley
4. Phil Evans & Gerald Bygraves
Longest drive Winners
1. Phil Day
2. Michael Le Bourgeois (our new recruit from Jersey)
3. Andy Moffatt
Nearest the pin winners
1. Brendan Burke (Twice)
2. Phil Evans
Brendan had the honour of presenting the cup to John Cooley who was very pleased with the team performance and thanked Leigh Mansell (Chairman FPA), Gareth Davies (President) and Mike Rayer (Director of Rugby) for giving their valuable time in participating in the event.
Congratulations to Ben and Lisa Patston on the birth of their second son, Freddy.
Congratulations to the following present and former players who are getting married in the close season.
Ollie Dodge and Hannah
Ben Cooper and Michaela
Myles Dorrian and Abby
Ricky Reeves and Sophie
Alex Rae and Emily
James Armitage and Sam
James Ball and Charlotte
Congratulations to Dan Zaltzman and Julia on the birth of their son.
Congratulations to John and Helen Brooks on the birth of their daughter Maia Niamh Wyn Brooks.
Congratulations to Virgil and Maz Hartland-Green on the birth of their daughter Arabella.