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