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Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
lardyboy (IP Logged)
15 October, 2007 19:48
Hi all,

sorry to have to announce this online but I have just heard that Simon (Clonmel/Skippy) Sterling died of a heart attck today at home in South Croydon.

I am sure all our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

As soon as i have details of the funeral I will post them here.

Sorry to be the bearer of such sad news

Mark

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Griff (IP Logged)
15 October, 2007 19:51
Oh that's terrible news! Clonmel was always the centre of the party! We'll miss him awfully.

Rest in peace Skippy, I'll raise a glass or two to you this evening.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Cill Dara (IP Logged)
15 October, 2007 20:07
That is a shock.

He was one of the first people I met through London Irish.

A sad day!



Prisco stripe Hibernico

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
confusedidentity (IP Logged)
15 October, 2007 20:32
Very sad to hear that-a really nice guy and a gent, always enjoyed chatting to him.
We shared an enjoyable, if goddam cold, walk back from the madstad to the 3G's after the Ulster HC game-good banter kept us going and a few warming bevvies were shared ripping into the management, Reading transport etc etc etc

Rest in Peace Clonmel

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Eek_the_Weeble (IP Logged)
15 October, 2007 20:42
I'm deeply saddened to hear this and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.

One of the nicest guys to spend time with and his determination to continue enjoying life (and his cigars!), after his cardiac problems a few years ago, made him such good company.

He'll be missed.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
LING (IP Logged)
15 October, 2007 21:17
That's taken the wind out of my sails. This is dreadful news. He was usually one of the first we said hello to when we arrived at the 3Gs.

Our sincere condolences to those close to him.

Rest in peace Skippy,

Neil & Lesley

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
mackemII (IP Logged)
15 October, 2007 21:33
My frustration over yesterday's result and worries about next Sunday's performance have just paled into total insignificance. Like Neil and Lesley, he was invariably the person that Sonof and I would seek out to say hello to on arrival at Reading. Could someone who is registered on the OSB please post a link over there, this is devastating news.

RIP Skippy.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
lardyboy (IP Logged)
15 October, 2007 21:44
Mackem - have just posted this to the OSB message board

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Rich H (IP Logged)
15 October, 2007 21:52
RIP Skippy. Totally shattered by this.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
mulledwinemarie (IP Logged)
15 October, 2007 23:01
Simon - it was a real joy to spend time with you - I will really miss you.....god bless R.I.P

Marie



MWM

GLORY GLORY LONDON IRISH - and loving it......


well I used to ...............

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Kealy (IP Logged)
16 October, 2007 00:07
I cannot say that I knew him well, but he always siad "Hello" whenever he was in the Rugby Tavern on a matchday and I was working.

On the odd occasion when I could have a chat and apint with him I found him to be a thoroughly engaging and entertaining bloke.

A pleasure to meet you, RIP, have a word with Coady (ex-landlord of Tav) up there, he'll sort you out a pint having had a few weeks to settle in at the bar ahead of you.

Thoughts are with your family.

God rest.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
jeep (IP Logged)
16 October, 2007 00:31
Just had a few beers, if I'd known I'd have raised them for you Skippy.

Our thoughts are with your nearest and dearest.
Rest in peace


George & Naomi

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
16 October, 2007 08:05
A really really nice fella who seemed to pop up everywhere.

The things I read about his some times slightly dis jointed journeys home tickled me.

Rest in peace skippy.

Bill & Dennie

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
BrianC (IP Logged)
16 October, 2007 08:17
Terrrible news about one of the nicest of people. You'll be missed Skippy.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Giles the drunk (IP Logged)
16 October, 2007 08:22
Absolutely rocked by this news. He would 'appear' unexpectedly and I can genuinely say always, without exception added to mine and Carmel's day every time we saw him. A lovely, genuine man with time for everyone and always a smile on his face.

Love to all his friends and family and may 'Skippy' rest in peace.

G&C

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
balpw2. (IP Logged)
16 October, 2007 08:56
Very sad news.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Loobs (IP Logged)
16 October, 2007 09:14
I missed this yesterday. Really sad news, one of the first people I came to know at LI, we used to meet at Scruffys at one point in time. A true gent who will be missed.
Condolences to his family.

Loobs & Marie

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Carlovian (IP Logged)
16 October, 2007 09:51
This is dreadfully sad news, we're both very shocked.

Our sincere condolences to Skippy's family - he will certainly be very much missed.

J & K

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
16 October, 2007 09:55
Yet more sad news. It certainly hasn't been the best of all possible years, has it?
My condolences to the whole family after what are, certainly, devastating circumstances.

Russell

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Griff (IP Logged)
16 October, 2007 10:01
Skippy never did a "Meet the Family" but he did fill-in the follow-up If I could...

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
bevers (IP Logged)
16 October, 2007 10:30
lovely guy - (vaguely!) remember winning a post match pub quiz in the 3Gs with him many moons ago. Always had time for a hello.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
gnoo (IP Logged)
16 October, 2007 10:54
I am truly saddened by this news. Have spent many any hour chatting and drinking with the gentleman. He will be dearly missed by many.

My thoughts go out to his family at this very difficult time

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
mulledwinemarie (IP Logged)
16 October, 2007 10:55
Griff

thanks for putting IF ONLY......that sums up Clonmel to a T.........a true gent - twinkle in his eye and always a spare ticket in his pocket...

you will be missed Simon.xxx



MWM

GLORY GLORY LONDON IRISH - and loving it......


well I used to ...............

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Reading_Fatboy (IP Logged)
16 October, 2007 11:05
Dreadful dreadful news.

Skip was one of the bright stars of the LI community.

I will never forget the "HAT" at the Srries away game opn that freezing cold day a couple of years ago.

God has taken one of the best.

God bless you Skippy

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Hugh Jass (IP Logged)
16 October, 2007 12:06
Really very upset to hear this...always ready for a chat and epitomised all that was best about LI supporters..

Had a good few beers with him on occasions

God Bless Clonmel

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
JoeV (IP Logged)
17 October, 2007 09:32
Remember so much about Skippy. Trips to Leicester on the train etc etc. the man who made 'Dave' Dave.
Cannot believe this. Rest in peace mate - the world is a lesser place without you.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
DrV'sHairyCraic (IP Logged)
17 October, 2007 13:30
Sad news indeed. Skippy was one of my 1st new friends from LI.

I can't recall a time when I saw him without a smile on his face.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Cill Dara (IP Logged)
17 October, 2007 18:59
Here is the only picture I seem to have of the man.

Obviously deep in a debate about the virtues of a blitz defence against Pau in the game the following day.


http://snap32.photobox.co.uk/89384391bc4ab3a3cdde2c2676d2b845d173180c06c11552b6ac224f.jpg



Prisco stripe Hibernico



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 17/10/2007 19:27 by Cill Dara.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
AMS (IP Logged)
17 October, 2007 19:28
Thanks for the picture. He will be missed.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
bisach (IP Logged)
17 October, 2007 21:45
It's one of those cases, well in my case anyway, when you know the name but can't put a face to it until a photo is shown. Now I've seen the photo, I'm shocked to hear the news. He always had a kind word to say to all the family.

His will be yet another face, and name, missed at London Irish.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
GMC_LI (IP Logged)
17 October, 2007 22:47
Echoing Bill's sentiments above, I, too, was not aware of this poor fellow's name.

However, there was always a cheery "Hello" and knowing nod of the head when we were at LI matches, home and away, making you feel that you were part of the extended family.

My condolences to the family.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
bisach (IP Logged)
17 October, 2007 22:59
Thanks to Sarah Brittan and Bill Woods (via Mackem).

http://www.bisach.com/Photos/Skippy1.jpg

http://www.bisach.com/Photos/Skippy2.jpg

http://www.bisach.com/Photos/Skippy3.jpg

If you're like me, you may have not been able to put a face to the name or you've probably met and had conversations but just never got round to the introductions.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
CooperMan (IP Logged)
18 October, 2007 00:03
Thanks to both Bill and Cill for the photos - now of course I know who we are remembering.
Yes, I didn't know him as well as I knew OxonRob but he was always a ray of sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day when we had lost a match.
A candle or two will be lit tomorrow in the Duomo for each of them.
Thanks also to GTD for the photo he sent me by email, now I know and his is probably the view I will picture him by. Maybe Giles will put it up here in due course, I think I may have been in his wake!
I certainly remember the day!
RIP Skippy.



Coops

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Bren (IP Logged)
18 October, 2007 00:49
Sorry I'm so late to join the link but it was because I didn't know who Skippy was? Because of the pics I do now. So, so sad. What a nice bloke. So quiet but fun as well. A loss to us all.



Níl stráinséirí anseo, ach cairde nár chasadh lena chéile fós.

There are no strangers, only friends who have not yet met

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
mulledwinemarie (IP Logged)
18 October, 2007 09:52
If anyone has any details of Clonmel's funeral - can you please let us know. He lived in Croydon and one of his claims to fame was Paul Sackey used to frquent his local when visiting "home".



MWM

GLORY GLORY LONDON IRISH - and loving it......


well I used to ...............

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
crohamchick (IP Logged)
18 October, 2007 10:02
There's a chance he will be going home, but will let you know details as soon as I know.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
mulledwinemarie (IP Logged)
18 October, 2007 10:11
Thanks..........



MWM

GLORY GLORY LONDON IRISH - and loving it......


well I used to ...............

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
JamesC (IP Logged)
18 October, 2007 10:19
Thanks for putting the photos up - another LI stalwart moves on. OR will have another person with whom to compare notes now.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Giles the drunk (IP Logged)
18 October, 2007 10:29
..............and indeed share a cigar with !

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Giles the drunk (IP Logged)
18 October, 2007 11:18
This is an endearing memory of Skippy that we have that Coops refers to above.

It was Euro Cup Final day at the Stoop. Carmel and I came out of the station at Twickenham at some ungodly hour in the morning to get to the car park.

Skippy 'appeared' as he often did, 'ran' all the way to the Stoop, dragging us with him via an off licence. It was only as the Stoop came into sight that he could resist no more. His desire to get to the party and get drinking was too great, we were clearly walking too slowly and he pulled out in front....

http://v4admin.sportnetwork.net/upload/97/97_0_1192701906.jpg

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Trouble_gb (IP Logged)
18 October, 2007 12:38
I'm so sad to see this news, I also didn't realise that this was Clonmel but we always stopped and had a chat at the 3 G's before and after a game.
Always a smile on his face

RIP

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Fisher_Boy (IP Logged)
18 October, 2007 14:15
From what I gather from his landlord-cum-housemate yesterday; the Mass will be at St John the Baptist, Dale Road, Purley; followed by interment at Green Lawns memorial park in Warlingham (I think his mum's there).

A ideally riotous - as he would prefer - wake is likely to be in the clubhouse of the Purley John Fisher RFC, Parsons Pightle, Coulsdon Road, Old Coulsdon, Surrey.

Dates mentioned so far are either the 29th or 30th October.

Paul Sackey - a John Fisher Old Boy, like Skip - has indeed been seen in the Croham Arms (dreadful boozer IMHO, but Skip liked it); and, of course, Skip was quick to take him under his wing.

Knew him for 30 years. Lived with us for a while. Top bloke.

Still seems like a dreadful mistake somehow.

As soon as I am able to confirm the arrangements, I will.

Best wishes,

Fisher Boy.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 18/10/2007 14:16 by Fisher_Boy.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
crohamchick (IP Logged)
18 October, 2007 14:22
Kieran Roche and George Cuter have also frequented the Croham Arms (you're right, a dreadful pub!) and The Woodman, where Skip worked.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
crohamchick (IP Logged)
18 October, 2007 14:22
*Chuter

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
AlecW (IP Logged)
18 October, 2007 14:31
I too knew Skippy to chat to - and what a lovely bloke - but had never been "formally introduced". I'll miss him and I send condolences to all his friends and family.

I don't know how many degrees of separation there are meant to be, but I just had a message from someone I know only through cyberspace, from a trivia game on the Guardian Unlimited website and via that, also on Facebook. Well I just got this Facebook mail from her:-

Quote:
A friend of mine died on Monday of a heart attack, aged 45.
I hadn't realised quite how well known he was amongst the London Irish supporters.

Anyway, remembering that LI is your team, I thought you may wish to know.

And then she linked to this thread!

Needless to say I have replied to her saying that if she should ever fancy a trip to Irish, all those people on the thread were pals of Skippy's and she would be made very, very welcome by one and all - for her sake (of course) as well as for Simon's...

Small World - and nice to know Simon was so well-liked outside our little world...

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
crohamchick (IP Logged)
18 October, 2007 14:35
Alec, I know friend of Skippy's who is on Guardian and Facebook - wonder if it's the same girl (Heather)?!

Very small world, if so.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
AlecW (IP Logged)
18 October, 2007 14:40
It is indeed a VERY small world, Crohamchick...!

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
crohamchick (IP Logged)
18 October, 2007 14:45
I was with her on Tuesday night and told her that I was just about to find a photo of Skip, and told her about this site!

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
crohamchick (IP Logged)
18 October, 2007 14:48
heh -just found you on FB!

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
lardyboy (IP Logged)
18 October, 2007 21:12
All,

funeral details confirmed as:

Tues 30 October
12 noon
John Fisher school chapel
Peaks Hill
Purley

Dress informal

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Bren (IP Logged)
18 October, 2007 21:35
I have just called work to get the time off, will know on Friday.



Níl stráinséirí anseo, ach cairde nár chasadh lena chéile fós.

There are no strangers, only friends who have not yet met

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Sea_point (IP Logged)
19 October, 2007 04:01
I met Skippy during my playing and drinking days, Saturday evenings spent in The Stag and Hounds (when it use to be the drinking den for Croydon's rival clubs Old Whitgiftians (my old club), John Fisher (his old muckers), Warlingham and Purley RFC's. Used to be a great rugby boozer until about 10 years ago and the managment turned it into a footie pub (like there aren't too may already).

Really very sad to hear the terrible news about Simon, absolute gent and it always seemed that no matter where I attended games around the country I'd always bump into Skippy. Used to see him every couple of weeks also when I met former teammates for Ale & Curry in The Woodman where he was working behind the jump....

Gutted, why is it always decent folk...



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I see the future, and it's Green again...http://www.planetrugby.com/Images/PlanetRugby/Team/64x64/b_33132.png

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Fisher_Boy (IP Logged)
19 October, 2007 12:20
lardyboy Wrote:
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> All,
>
> funeral details confirmed as:
>
> Tues 30 October
> 12 noon
> John Fisher school chapel
> Peaks Hill
> Purley
>
> Dress informal


Further to Lardyboy's post; other details remain as my post above:

Burial: Greenlawn Memorial Park, Chelsham Road, Warlingham, Surrey CR6 9EQ

Wake: Purley John Fisher RFC, Parson's Pightle, Coulsdon Road, Old Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 1EE.

Best wishes,

Fisher Boy.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Big Andy (IP Logged)
22 October, 2007 15:32
Just realised who this is about, what a shame , nice guy always had time for a chat.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
lardyboy (IP Logged)
22 October, 2007 19:25
Guys,

Simon's sister is trying to get an idea of numbers attending the funeral.

If you are planning to attend please reply to this post

Thanks

Mark

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Bren (IP Logged)
22 October, 2007 19:40
I got the day off, will be at the chapel for 1130.



Níl stráinséirí anseo, ach cairde nár chasadh lena chéile fós.

There are no strangers, only friends who have not yet met

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Bren (IP Logged)
22 October, 2007 21:53
Have a look. [www.suttonlea.org]



Níl stráinséirí anseo, ach cairde nár chasadh lena chéile fós.

There are no strangers, only friends who have not yet met

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Loobs (IP Logged)
23 October, 2007 06:35
Marie and I will be there.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
mulledwinemarie (IP Logged)
23 October, 2007 09:46
I hope to attend.



MWM

GLORY GLORY LONDON IRISH - and loving it......


well I used to ...............

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Eek_the_Weeble (IP Logged)
23 October, 2007 09:48
I hope to attend

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
mackemII (IP Logged)
23 October, 2007 12:56
Me too

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Carlovian (IP Logged)
23 October, 2007 13:03
Carlovian(J) - Jim - will be there.

K

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
23 October, 2007 13:09
Me too, if anyone wants a lift from the Croydon area please send me a PM.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
mackemII (IP Logged)
23 October, 2007 14:18
Can offer lift to 3, heading down from Oxford. PM if you want a lift.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Carlovian (IP Logged)
23 October, 2007 17:02
Fisher Boy and/or Lardyboy - Do you know if there's a preference for flowers or charitable donations, and, if the latter, if there is a particular charity?

Many thanks.

K

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Bren (IP Logged)
23 October, 2007 18:18
.



Níl stráinséirí anseo, ach cairde nár chasadh lena chéile fós.

There are no strangers, only friends who have not yet met



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 23/10/2007 18:43 by Bren.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Loobs (IP Logged)
23 October, 2007 18:40
Bren, in honour of Skippy's legendary homeward journeys, I reckon you should set out from the Madejski on Sunday, get wrecked at the 3G's, take the last train to London, fall asleep, get a tube, fall asleep, wake up somewhere unrecognisable, walk several miles in the rain, then get to Purley on Tuesday AM.

Then regale us with the tale and promise never again!

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
lardyboy (IP Logged)
23 October, 2007 18:48
Carlovian,

I am not aware of either. will try and find out.

watch this space

Mark

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
mulledwinemarie (IP Logged)
24 October, 2007 00:02
Better still - remember the time his tickets got lost - so he went upto Twickers to collect replacements and rather than trust himself to get home with them - he posted them to himself - but they never turned up - so I said to him - "my word you were organised bringing a stamped self-addressed envelope with you"


the look on his face - told all.........stillmakes me giggle.

If anyone has a photo of him - please bring it with you - or give it to me on Sunday.



MWM

GLORY GLORY LONDON IRISH - and loving it......


well I used to ...............

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
vix_webb (IP Logged)
24 October, 2007 01:27
I've only just seen this thread, am deeply saddened as he was one of the first people I got talking to at LI games. I remember the day very clearly and he made a lasting impression on me.

God bless you and rest in peace.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Loobs (IP Logged)
25 October, 2007 06:42
MWM Classic Skip



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Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Fisher_Boy (IP Logged)
28 October, 2007 11:39
Shenfield Wrote:
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> Fisher Boy and/or Lardyboy - Do you know if
> there's a preference for flowers or charitable
> donations, and, if the latter, if there is a
> particular charity?
>
> Many thanks.
>
> K

Carlovian K - preference is for donations; and those to The British Heart Foundation.

Best wishes,

Fisher Boy.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
28 October, 2007 23:55
LOOBS - Bren took your advice and had a practice run - turned up one week early for the funeral - Skippy would have been well impressed(Sm128)

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Loobs (IP Logged)
29 October, 2007 05:38
Absolute classic! I did speak to a couple of people yesterday and I got the impression that they had also taken my 'suggestion' on board as a form of tribute. I wonder if they are en route somewhere now?

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
crohamchick (IP Logged)
29 October, 2007 11:23
Has anyone spoken to the club about this and/or know if they are going to be doing anything?

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
29 October, 2007 11:46
A few us in the East Stand had a little chat about CLONMELS seat in the East - which we thought we would place a tribute there at our next home game - and maybe the club will help with something.....we thought it appropriate to wait until after the funeral.

I can bring "his" flag.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
crohamchick (IP Logged)
29 October, 2007 11:54
I spoke to Kieran Roche yesterday (who knew Skippy). He wasn't sure if the club knew, but he said he'd try and either be there himself tomorrow (training permitting) or sort something on behalf of the club.

I didn't want to tread on toes, if someone has already spoken to the club.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Carlovian (IP Logged)
29 October, 2007 17:06
Fisher Boy - Just seen your reply - thanks for getting back to me. Donation will be made to the BHF.

K

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
31 October, 2007 08:40
Skippy (Clonmel) had a great sending off yesterday. Hundreds attended the funeral and a few rugby clubs were represented.
He left a big impression at local rugby, especially at Purley John Fisher, where he was much loved. He had a classic rugby club sending off, with lots of drinking and singing.

After a few beers I decided it would be a good idea to play a memorial game in his honour, ideally envolving Purley John Fisher, Warlingham and London Irish Flatulent Fairies. I will be asking for volunteers once we have some dates.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Eek_the_Weeble (IP Logged)
31 October, 2007 08:55
It was standing room only at the chapel. He will be sadly missed.

I think a Fairies v Purley John Fisher might be a bit of a mis-match but we could get some ringers in.

I think Skip would have loved the idea.


Count me in.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
crohamchick (IP Logged)
31 October, 2007 09:24
What a testimony to just how popular and loved Skippy was.

Count me in for catering/cheerleading/beer-bearing at the memorial match.

x

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
cheffy (IP Logged)
31 October, 2007 09:36
Me too

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
angelade (IP Logged)
31 October, 2007 09:59
Skippy was a dear friend & is sorely missed.

Please let me know the date of the Testimonial as i would love to be there. I am certain he will be watching over it, shouting at the players & telling them what they should be doing in his inimitable way, with beer in hand & silly hat on.

A very good & kind man who should not have left.

Ange
xx

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
JoeV (IP Logged)
31 October, 2007 13:43
Left a great big hole on Sunday at the MadStad - will really be missed.
Glad he had a good send off - way too early.

God bless you Skippy - place just won't be the same without you.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
jimmybfg (IP Logged)
31 October, 2007 15:55
Guys,

I've just been reading the tributes to our Skippy, and your Clonmel, and the note about playing a testimonial in his honour, and thought what a good idea.

I've spoken to a couple of the lads at PJF and we agree that's it's a good idea and a fitting tribute to him.

If someone from the Fairies what's to contact me and get a date organised then please do so.

Jim

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
31 October, 2007 16:20
Jim,

Douglas from PJF gave me his number yesterday and I agreed to call him tomorrow regarding the testimonial game. If you want to be involved in organising the event please drop me a line at aitor dot cisneros at mayday dot nhs dot uk.

Thanks thumbs down

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
lardyboy (IP Logged)
16 October, 2008 13:49
All - I cannot beleive it is a year since Skippy died - and we certainly celebrated the anniversary in a style that Skip would have been proud of last night (a huge volume of Cider and some small furries!).

Last time I was in Croydon there was talk of a match being played in Skippy's honour at about this time.

Any news on it? Has anyhting been planned as newws has not filtered down to Salisbury if so

Thanks

LB

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
16 October, 2008 14:26
I had some conversations at his funeral with the Purley John Fisher boys, who seemed very keen. The only problem is that if we have the Faries playing against them it could be a huge mismatch.

I am happy to organise the match if we can put a team together. I'll ask Foggy to do a call around once we have a date, I assume the game would be played in Croydon.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Eek_the_Weeble (IP Logged)
16 October, 2008 19:16
We tried to get something organised at the Fat Bloke Sevens this year but it crept up on us in a sneaky fashion.

We're hoping that on the Sunday morning of the event, we will have a Mini's tournament prior to Jack's Match.

The teams in the Mini Tournament would be playing for The Clonmel Cup.

We would hope that PJF would have a team to attend.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
jack's daddy (IP Logged)
16 October, 2008 22:25
Just such an awful loss of a true character - Simon told me once that the party goes on long after we leave this earth. If thats true I hope the last orders bell never rings for him and a wee fella will share his table.

God bless friend

Jack's daddy

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Loobs (IP Logged)
17 October, 2008 17:22
I saw this yesterday and neither Marie or I could believe it was a year since yer man took the high road with a carry out!

Sadly missed.

Gordon, I should imagine there will be a hell of a table, so long as Jack can stay clear of the cigar smoke from Skip and the bauld Oxonrob!!

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
22 October, 2008 09:42
I am very sorry to announce this after it has happenned, but old colleagues of Purley John Fisher organised this for Simon's anniversary last Sunday:
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Yes, it is a year since poor old Skippy passed on.
Paul Edwards has kindly organised a Mass in his memory at John The Baptist Purley this Sunday ay 12.00pm.

Afterwards at the Suicide Arms (AKA The Royal Standard) for drinks and there will also be a buffet laid on.

All wives & Partners are of course welcomed and indeed encouraged. There is a house rule however that the female headcount should never rise above 25% of total customers in the Pub at any one time so you should explain to them that they might be asked to go outside at various times until equilibrium is restored. I do like the traditional old Pubs!

We are hoping to persuade Siobhan Clancy who sang so memorably at Simons funeral to come along and give us a rendition so brink your hankies and paper tissues.

It would be great to see as many of you who knew him as possible.

I'm sure there are lots of names missing from this distribution list so if there is anybody who is not included who you think would like to know about it then please pass this message on. If possible would you also let me have their email address so I can add it to the database.

Look forward to seeing you on Sunday if you can make

Cheers

Sean

I have been off work for the last few days, so I didn't read the e-mail until this morning. They are still keen on playing a memorial game, so I will do a roll call once I have some dates.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
22 October, 2008 11:18
I have been talking to Purley John Fisher, and we have agreed a date for Saturday 14th of March. They have a home day that day and London Irish play Worcester at home on the Sunday. Could the editors add this date to the Craic calendar? Thanks.

Those of you that would like to play, watch or support Clonmel's memorial match please PM me, but I will remind people nearer the time with all the details.

It will be a 15 a side game, so ideally I would like to have at least 30 players.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
allie647 (IP Logged)
22 October, 2008 13:54
To all concerned,

My husband used to drink with Skippy in The Croham Arms, South Croydon where they were all very shocked a year ago. This is how I came across this site and have been visiting ever since.

If there is going to be a mini tournament on 14th March as suggested above I confirm that Sutton & Epsom RFC would be honoured to bring their U9 squad down to play.

Please keep in touch regarding this.

Allie

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
22 October, 2008 15:15
Allie,

On the 14th of March there will be a game of rugby between Skippy's friends from Purley John Fisher and his friends from London Irish. Your hubby is more than welcome to join either team, especially us, as we will struggle for players.

Either team will be formed by people who don't normally play rugby and will be played "in the spirit of the game", so people who have never touched a rugby ball before is welcome.

One separate idea is to have a minis tournament on next year's edition of the Fat Bloke Sevens (which is in Reading in July). If Sutton and Epsom would like to feature in this minis you should contact the organisers: Cheffy, LIlynn and Eek.

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
Eek_the_Weeble (IP Logged)
22 October, 2008 16:05
Count me in as a 'player' PANS - I think we could probably provide some entertainment in the form of Rage or Muleskinners as well after the match - make a bit of a do out of it - Skip liked a bit of a do

 
Re: Sad news - Clonmel/Skippy
AMS (IP Logged)
22 October, 2008 16:29
This sounds like an excellent opportunity to get in training pre-St. Patrick's Day, with the bonus of it being in honour of a decent bloke.

We'll be there, cheering the teams on.


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