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.


Post navigation

Find your perfect car lease deal

I am looking for a
lease on a

#maccrugby

Folau in anti-LGBT slurs at Sydney church Former Australian 🇦🇺 rugby player Israel Folau has made fresh homophobic slurs at a church congregation in Sydney. 👉 More here: skysports.tv/ekccIL

test Twitter Media - Folau in anti-LGBT slurs at Sydney church 

Former Australian 🇦🇺 rugby player Israel Folau has made fresh homophobic slurs at a church congregation in Sydney.

👉 More here: https://t.co/8FpMLTSA2C https://t.co/sbMoBPNkQ4

Due to adverse weather conditions in Argentina, play has temporarily been suspended. We will update you when play resumes #WorldRugbyU20s

The rain is pouring down here at the Racecourse Stadium in Argentina but that hasn't stopped the crowd from coming in for this match between New Zealand and Wales. After 20 minutes of play it's NZL 0 WAL 5 #WorldRugbyU20s

test Twitter Media - The rain is pouring down here at the Racecourse Stadium in Argentina but that hasn't stopped the crowd from coming in for this match between New Zealand and Wales. 

After 20 minutes of play it's NZL 0 WAL 5 #WorldRugbyU20s https://t.co/ysmlsgpLMr
test Twitter Media - The rain is pouring down here at the Racecourse Stadium in Argentina but that hasn't stopped the crowd from coming in for this match between New Zealand and Wales. 

After 20 minutes of play it's NZL 0 WAL 5 #WorldRugbyU20s https://t.co/ysmlsgpLMr

The challenge is set! @AllBlacks set down the challenge to Wales with intense Haka at the #WorldRugbyU20s

It's always a passionate one when @Scotlandteam sing 'Flower of Scotland' #WorldRugbyU20s

Captains from @AllBlacks and @WelshRugbyUnion meet at the coin as they get ready for match day four at the #WorldRugbyU20s

Here come the stars. It's match day four at the #WorldRugbyU20s Championship. Find out where you can watch 👉 world.rugby/u20/where-to-w…

With his 99 overall rating on Rugby 08, Johnny Wilkinson was as close as it got to a sure thing off the tee 🎮 He wasn't bad in real life either... who was your favourite to play with?

0