Steve Ardley memorial game

SITTINGBOURNE RFC’s annual Boxing Day game was played in memory of Steve Ardley who played for both Sittingbourne RFC and Faversham RFC, however Faversham were sadly unable to field any players this year.

Steve’s brother Terry attended as a spectator as he has every year. Being early on Boxing Day the game started with only 9-a-side, one team splendidly bedecked in the Wooden Spoon playing shirts. Players gradually turned up as the game progressed, finishing up with pretty much 15-a-side.

Steve Ardley memorial game

Boxing Day 2018 at Sittingbourne RFC

Notable participants were Andy Butler, an elder of the club and his son Jacob, Big Al and Little Al Collins with just three legs between them and numerous young whipper snappers. There was a welcome return to the club by the Goodrum family, not seen at the club for a goodly while. The match was refereed by Fred Nash who looked at times quite competent, but at others as if he was trying to herd cats!

As is usual at Sittingbourne, we had a great turnout from supporters who gave their normal helpful suggestions as to how the players might do a better job. As for the score, not a clue but the clear winners were our great sport of rugby, our great club and its community spirit and of course Wooden Spoon who do great works in improving the lives of children and young people with disabilities and facing disadvantage. Thanks to the generosity of all players and spectators we raised £330 for the charity.

Roger Down, Chairman