Author Archives: Paul Clarke

Haseen Hashim RIP

The Club was very saddened to hear that Ealing Trailfinders Academy and, more recently, Ealing Trailfinders 1871 player, Haseen Hashim passed on Monday 29th June. The Club extends its deepest condolences to Haseens’s family.

On Sunday 5th July there will be a candle-lit vigil in High Wycombe. Everyone is invited to The Rye, High Wycombe HP11 1AD at 18.00hrs. (Please bring a candle and wear something red.)

Any club members who wish to record a memorial message on the Club website Obituaries Section HERE may do so by emailing messages and photos to Men’s Section Chairman Paul Clarke via Please include your name with your message.

Jack Snell Funeral

I received this news from Ian Smith earlier today.

Jack Snell‘s funeral is going to be held on the 6th of May at Breakspear crematorium.  The family have decided not to stream the service however they have set up a justgiving page in Jack’s memory with the proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s research UK as Jack had been suffering from this condition for the past 10 years. The family would appreciate it if Jack’s friends from the club remember him by making a donation to help others by research into this cruel disease. 

I’m sure that many people at the club who knew Jack would like to pay their respects and remember Jack as he was Stalwart of the club for many years. 

JustGiving link HERE.

Jack Snell RIP

I received this sad news from Ian Smith earleir today.

“I received a call this morning from Ashley Snell. 

Sadly Jack passed away at the weekend. He had been in a care home for some time and passed away peacefully in his sleep. 

I do not have any other details at the moment as the family are still coming to terms with Jack’s passing and are dealing with the paperwork which is quite difficult in the present situation.  Ashley asked me to let his friends at the club know about his passing.”

“Bully” Bull Memorial Game

On Saturday 28th March 2020 Actonians were due to play Ealing in the memorial game for the “Bully” Cup. An annual game played in memory of club legend Richard Bull who sadly passed away following a tragic accident in December 2016.

Due to Coronavirus and the cancellation of all Rugby, the game unfortunately didn’t go ahead but that didn’t prevent Richard’s friends and family from coming together “virtually” at 2.45pm to celebrate with a pass of a rugby ball and toast the man himself

Follow this LINK for video tributes to Bully.

Clive Benjamin RIP – Update

You might have heard already from Peter Benjamin that the family has decided to limit Clive’s funeral to close family only in order to protect those most at risk form the coronavirus,

Pete says we’ll have a big get together later in the year instead.

Clive Benjamin RIP

It is my sad duty to announce that Clive Benjamin died on the morning of Wednesday 4th Match 2020. Clive was a long term club member, as player, Club Secretary from 1979 to 1993, Vice President and Life Member.

The funeral will be held at Mortlake Crematorium at 10:30 am on Friday 27th March, with a wake afterwards at the Wheatsheaf pub, Haven Lane, Ealing.

Messages in memory of Clive will be posted here

If you wish to leave a message send this to me via 

Club Grand Raffle Draw 2020

Here is the preliminary list of prizes for The Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club Grand Raffle for 2020.

Travel Vouchers
Disney Park Passes (Family x 4)
Cash Prize/Vouchers
The Roundhouse (Camden) have given annual membership worth £250 towards the draw.
Membership Includes
– priority booking
-priority access
– invitations to emerging artist shows
-exclusive members competitions for tickets & VIP upgrades
2020/21 Season ticket + 1 Hospitality Meal
Day out & Meal with a Private Chef for a family of 4
Harry Potter Tour (Family x 4)
One night for 2 Incl Breakfast at the Park Plaza
Cash Prize/Vouchers
Cash Prize/Vouchers
Meal out for 2
Health & Wellness Hamper
Crazy Golf & a bottle of Prosecco for 4 Adults
Food Hamper 
shirt signed by Nick Easter, Kieran Bracken signed photo, and David Seaman signed photo and signed glove
Signed Ealing shirt & match tickets for next season

Evergreens 33-22 H&F Vets

A cold and crisp late November evening at Vallis Way provided another set of perfect conditions for a key top of the table clash between these two stalwart West London Vets teams, more used to playing one another on the hallowed turf of Twickenham in recent months. A competitive start from both sides left the first 10 minutes scoreless, but in the 13th minutes several breaks up the pitch allowed Lee to pass to Rory Damant on the left flank who produced a magnificent side step putting Owen Brynseels over with Wardy converting. Soon after Rory ran a tight line off Wardy to slice open Hammer’s defence and set up the forwards for a set of dog balls leading to a second converted try at the 20 minute mark. Quickly it became 19-0 as Faz scored his first try for several years; wide on the left after recycling of the ball in open play. But H&F were not to be cowed and retaliated with a converted try of their own. Fortunately, the forwards continued their scrummaging dominance giving a great forward platform that Ash continued with a strong carry setting up Sunny Kuwana to rewind the years by going over just before halftime. Once again Wardy slotted the conversion, so we went in 26-7 ahead for a positive halftime talk.

Footballers claim theirs is a game of two halves but so was this. Steenie scored another converted try in minute 38 but then H&F picked themselves up and got back into the game with a try. Evergreens were then down to 14 men with Jimmy Lowes in the bin, promising to complete any unfinished business after the game in the bar should the opposition want to do so. After his earlier try Sunny then demonstrated why he is missed at Vallis with two spleen-splitting tackles and some fierce ruck clearing. A final try from H&F led to a nervy final 10 minutes but Evergreens saw them out to take the points and sit proud on top of MVMT table after 3 rounds of matches, but equal on points with Chiswick. Big thanks to Ash for not only the post-match sausage rolls (with black pudding in mmmm) but also the mince pies.

Three dates for the diary – next Friday games on 20th December (vs Ruislip) & January 4th. Note our first Vets Cup game will be in mid-January on a Saturday afternoon so dig into the turkey but ensure the visas are filled out in triplicate for these dates so we can continue our pursuit of the double with a good squad.

Gordon Griffiths RIP – Funeral Arrangements

I  have just been advised that Gordon’s funeral arrangements are as follows:

On  Friday  22nd November at 1-30pm at  Llwydcoed Crematorium, 1 Ty Newydd, Llwydcoed, Aberdare, CF44 0DJ
Afterwards at Beaufort Arms , 22 Main Street, Gilwern, Abergavenny, NP7 0AR


I have just received a telephone call from Wales advising the sad news that Gordon Griffiths died tonight in hospital. He had been in a very poor state for several months after he had fallen over several times and his organs just closed down. He had been in and out of hospital several times and at home had carers in to help him but due to his condition he had not made it easy for them.

As you will be aware Gordon was President for several years during the Horsenden Hill era and was very much part of the great camaraderie there and was well respected. He did much to uphold the spirit and reputation of Ealing Rugby Club and was a loyal member.

He had many very good friends around the area in Gilwern who frequently kept an eye on him but he was not able to venture out and was not eating. From what I’ve been told this is something of a relief. But this is very sad news as we remember the good times. Gordon was best man at Shirley & my wedding.

Several club members will remember the great trips down to Tredegar with Gordon to watch Welsh internationals. He arranged tickets and accommodation and social festivities afterwards – great weekends!

I will advise funeral arrangements when I get them.

Mike Williams

G J “Willie” Williams RIP – Funeral Details

Willie’s son Ken advises that “Willie’s funeral will be at Breakspear Crematorium East Chapel, Ruislip, at 11:30am on 4th October. Ken welcomes anyone with club connections to the wake which will be held at Vallis Way.

We regret to announce the death of Life Member and Past President (1974 – 1979) Willie Williams in Ealing Hospital on 5th September 2019 at the age of 97. He was a proud Welsh scrum half who was a great servant of the Club. A valleys boy from Llanharan who came to London in 1937 with his family in search of work as a result of the Depression, he played for the Club before the Second World War and afterwards, while serving in the army for 25 years during and after the war. He filled many administrative roles for the Club with distinction. A fitting tribute will be made here in due course as well as an announcement of the funeral arrangements when they are available.