Memory Lane

DateThursday, November 22, 2012 at 8:59PM

This week – Paul Cunningham.

Former player of many years’ standing, club chairman, coach and now vice-president, Cunny  has a distinguished association with the IWRFC. Usually spotted only in the weeks immediately after Wales have won a Grand Slam (or a match), he is always a welcome supporter up at the club. That is, apart from referees, who take a dim view of his ‘constructive’ feedback on their performance during the match. Cunny became the oldest man in the history of Hampshire rugby to be awarded a red card last season.

This writer recalls playing in a second team game at Aldershot & Fleet about ten years ago, when we trailed by approximately 50 points but the esteemed Mr C elected to kick at goal. Indeed, he will tell anyone who will listen of the storied season when he broke the club points-scoring record for a season, a record which still stands today. (Gary Warvill hates Cunny).

Those who attended the Rawlings awards night some years ago recall fondly the Welsh wizard’s eagerness to strip down to his figure-hugging swimwear and take a dip in the hotel pool, in a similar manner to his hero, the also moustachioed Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz. The following shenanigans involving a beer mat and some ‘tackle’ live long in the memory.

I am sure that there are many more tales of Paul and his long relationship with the IWRFC. Please comment on this post or email the Webmaster – share the wealth.