As a relative newcomer to York RUFC of twenty years, Don invariably greeted me with ‘Hello, are you new?’ with a smile and a twinkle in his eye. Compared to him, I suppose I was new.
I feel honoured to have been given a Tesco’s carrier bag a couple of years ago by Don. It contained some old pictures, press cuttings and a few pages from a personal scrapbook. Last year, he gave me ‘quite a lot’ of old photographs, club documents, more press cuttings etc etc. Don said that he was having a clear out at home and thought it a good idea to pass them to me.
Consequently, I spent a lot of time scanning all these onto the computer and thus save them for the future. Many of the items either helped me or were included in ‘The History of York RUFC’ which I’ve put together. It was always in mind that all this effort would serve as a reminder for when those that did remember those days wouldn’t be around.
Sadly, I thought that Don would be around, not forever, but certainly a few more years at least to tell tales of Hob Moor and the early days at Clifton Park.
He’ll be sorely missed by everyone he came in contact with.