We regret to announce the passing of John Downes

It is with great sadness that M.R.U.F.C. announces the passing of John Downes, a long time member, supporter and sponsor of the club.

John had been involved with the club going back to its days in the 70s at the former Tytherington ground.

Val, his late wife spent many a Sunday morning in the kitchen as a volunteer as their sons Andy and Tim began their rugby careers in the mini-junior section, with Andy going on to represent the club at first-team level.

Johns connections in the world of show business and sport was a great help to the club and he was instrumental in helping us raise considerable funds over many years, culminating in attracting England captain Will Carling to begin his after-dinner speaking career at one of our sportsman’s dinners. This became one of our record-breaking evenings in both attendance and funds raised. John was also a key figure in signing our first ever international player Dave Cusani who played a central role in the rise of the club into National League status.

With these examples of his significant assistance together with his business sponsorship, the club will always be in his debt.

John will be sorely missed by many of his friends at the club as it was always a pleasure to see him when he was able to attend.

The Club sends it’s heartfelt condolences to Andy, Tim and Daughter Jane and would like to thank all the family for their lifelong support of M. R. U.F. C.

The funeral will take place at St James Church, Sutton on Friday, the 21st of June at 11 am.


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