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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.

Bob “The Dog” Cordiner RIP

The Club’s members were saddened to learn of the passing of Bob Cordiner on Monday 2nd September. Bob was very well known at the Club when we played at Horsenden Hill were he was involved in running the bar, becoming bar chairman for several years until we moved to Valis Way. He kept Larry Redmond, Micky Carroll and Allen Lewis under control! He was commonly known as ‘Bob the dog’ because his dog, a bloodhound, always preceded him into the Clubhouse. Bob was from Aberdeen and was a warden at Holloway prison before he retired. He was made Vice President in the early 90s.

After the move to Vallis Way he saw most of the first team games and often travelled to the away games. He was a great chap and will be sadly missed by all his friends on the touchline.

Rest in Peace Bob.

George Clempson

Evergreens 66 – 14 Wasps Vets

“Evergreens take the sting out of Wasps”

Boom! What a way to start the new season, with a seriously strong starting XV (thanks Jacko for working with Wardy to get a few old friends out) on a calm September Friday evening, perfect for running rugby at Fortress Vallis, ending with a convincing victory against our vespid rivals from W3.

The tone was set from the start with a focused warm-up and solid catch and drive after Wasps kicked off. The first try of the new season was claimed by Peter Hodgkinson in the 4th minute, after a poor opposition dink was collected by Owen Bruynseels just inside our half, spun left with a pin point pass releasing Phil Chesters to make the significant ground, allowing him Hodgy a simple finish just a little too wide for Wardy to convert.

The forwards were not to be outshone and won a penalty deep in opposition territory, having won a scrum against the head after a crushing drive. The ensuing kick to touch and line out catch & drive resulted in a converted try. Dominance followed with a Chesters try from the kick-off, set up by a powerful run by Pup, then an Evergreens first for Owen P and a penalty try as Wasps reeled under the onslaught; 35 minutes in and over 30 unanswered points. Halftime must have come not a moment too soon for this set of yellow jackets.

However, once Fenlon had scored a clinical converted try from the back of the scrum to put us 40-0 up Wasps began to claw their way back into the game. Their 13 wearing centre, looking decidedly like a diet of Royal jelly was to blame for his youthful looks, scored under the posts and then the forwards swarmed to make it 40-14. Whilst Jake reminded us why we missed our talismatic skipper last season scoring in the left corner, Scouse reminded us why we didn’t by scoring only a yellow card for giving the referee a little too much barristerial back chat M’Lord.

But the Evergreens regrouped, settled the new backline of Tony Paul, Joe Price, Verma & Tel and scoring 3 further converted tries & allowing this manager to get everyone on the pitch at some point during the evening. They do say leave the best to last though and Wardy did that. This was not his almost flawless conversion kicking but, having ignoring three strong available runners, it was the cross field kick to find Owen P (how did he know he would be there…ESP I guess), who ran in our final try.

Gentlemen a fine start to the season, but it will be long and hard as we know. We need to continue this high standard if we are to regain our rightful place at the top of the Middlesex Vets Merit Table and earn the right to play the Surrey Vets winners for local bragging rights in the planned end of season play-off final. Next game is Friday 11th October (UCS Old Boys).

Team: Ash/Abdou/Lee Evans/Tim Sudworth/Darren Brodrick/Jake Usher (Capt)/Pup/John Fenlon/Paddy Gill/Ben Ward/Owen Bruynseels/Eddie Beck/Peter Hodgkinson/Phil Chesters/Eggnog/Joe Price/Anthony Lynch/Jon Harrison/Dan Ford/Jacko/Tony Paul/Steve Verma/Terry Thompson/Alex Brown/John Ronane