Obituary: Reverend Clifford Davies

It is with great sadness that we report the death of former President the Reverend Clifford Davies who sadly passed away on 15th January. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family on their loss.

Cliff was a very popular President of the club from 1986/87 to 1996/7 and often spoke with pride of his time in office which included some of the most notable years in the club’s existence.
Cliff’s association with the club was spread over a considerable amount of time, firstly as a small boy supporting his village club with his schoolboy friends, and later as a player himself in one of the most difficult periods in the club’s history.
It was a real struggle for the club to keep going in the late 1950’s/early 60’s, often turning out with only 13 men, and one of Cliff’s favourite tales from these times was when the team suffered a particularly heavy defeat at ConeyHill. No one knew what the final margin of defeat was until they were able to stop at Westgate Bridge

on the way home to purchase the “Pink Un” newspaper to check the result!
A career in journalism curtailed Cliff’s rugby playing but he always kept a real interest in the club and supported it in any way he could. Older members will recall the early days of the club house when Cliff ran a disco to raise much needed funds and also of some of his features on the club which appeared in the local press from time to time.
Cliff’s family have a long association with the club, his father Les was a trustee and life member. Another particularly satisfying moment for Cliff came when his Grandson Leighton was chosen to be the mascot and lead the team out at Twickenham when Drybrook played there in 2013.
Drybrook Rugby Club has lost a true friend and supporter who will be sorely missed.

Cliff’s funeral will take place at 12 o’clock on the 26th January at Ruardean church.