On Saturday March 12th at 12 noon, friends and family are invited to Vallis Way for a memorial game to celebrate the life of one of the club’s true gentlemen – Steve Keen.
On 18th July 2010 , Steve lost his short battle with cancer . Many club members attended his funeral and afterwards we discussed the possibility of many of his old team mates pulling on the green and white Ealing shirts for one last blow out.
After months of training a Steve Keen XV has been assembled to take on the mighty Ealing Evergreens at Vallis Way. Kick off is 12 noon so we hope that as many of you as possible with be able to attend the game and the following buffet lunch afterwards before the 1st XV game against Hinckley at 3pm. The Lunch costs £15, and you can book your place by contacting Rob McEvoy on 07827 294479
Steve joined Ealing in the early 1990’s and quickly became part of the Ealing front row family. He was part of both Middlesex Cup winning teams and part of the early sides that made the clubs first visit to the National Leagues. As the club suffered mixed fortunes Steve remained immensely loyal to the club, and once again was at the heart of its rejuvenation which saw us rise again from the ashes!
A family man at heart, he met his wife Karen in those early times at Ealing – and many nights were spent in Club Azure. Together they have a daughter Emily.
I hope that as many of you will be able to attend what will be a great day, full of many memories. See obituary messages here.
An Ode to a man in a million, Steve Keen – RIP
There will be a cloud hangin’ ower Vallis Way the day
Fir a true rugby gent has sadly gone, passed away
As we waken this mornin’ theres a gapin’ big hole
Steve Keen has sadly gone, tae fulfil another new role
I’ll ay’ remember him fondly wi his steely hard presence
A prop forward nae doobt, scrums wir his very essence
The side marched forward wi’ him right up top
A backward step never taken, not ever, oor mighty prop
Hard, strong and honest, it wiz just Kennys way
A life cut short, you’ll agree, these words we need tae say
A family man, proud husband and crackin’ great dad
And when it came tae his roond, he wisnae half bad!
He’s a pal to many his passing will be sorely felt
One in a million wiz he, his story only partly telt
God graced us wi his friendship, his love and his dreams
He just wanted him back sooner, thats just how it seems
Just bump and stay big, like ye eiways did dae
Til we meet again big felly, in Gods ain Vallis Way
Rest easy, be at peace, ye fought right tae the end
We expected nothin’ else fae oor lion hearted friend.
Love now and always
Frase (no. 9)