In October 2007 at an U13 festival Newbury RUFC donated a sum of money in Harry's memory. It was decided by the coaching team of the u13s to use this to fund replicas of Harry's distinctive socks (black & white hooped) with his initials on the back which the Marlow Merlins would then wear throughout their time at Marlow RUFC in his memory.
On Sunday 3rd February the Marlow Merlins pulled on their socks for the first time to play in the Bucks Plate semi-final against Aylesbury. The socks proved lucky and the team played one of their best matches of the season, going on to win a decisive victory ; 32-0.
Afterwards, in the packed Clubhouse, John Watson gave a moving tribute to Harry and presented Mark Foster the Youth Director of Newbury RUFC with a pair of ‘Harry’s Socks’. (to read John’s tribute, click here)
The special framed plaque was unveiled featuring photos of Harry in action together with a pair of the socks and takes pride of place alongside a framed picture of one of his rugby heroes – Matt Dawson
Richard thanked both Clubs for their generosity, saying that Harry had loved playing rugby for Marlow and that he hoped his spirit would live on through the team and bring them luck. He & Judi also showed the assembled crowd the original pair of Harry’s muddy socks!
The socks went on sale, priced £10, with profits to Harry’s charities, and almost immediately sold out! New supplies have been ordered and purchases can be made through the club in person or by emailing email@example.com
Special thanks go to Newbury RUFC for their generosity, John Watson & Marlow RUFC for their organisation, Graeme Kempson for the idea, Dave & Helen Walker for arranging the plaque, and of course the Marlow Merlins.
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