It’s been a very tough week for everyone involved with Maidenhead RFC, following the tragic passing of club stalwart, David Perry. David was, amongst many other official and non-official roles, Fixture Secretary and a Committee Member at Maids for many years, as well as an ardent support of the club, following the 1st XV all around the South West of England. He also followed the team to Krakow, where it took David the grand total of 2 minutes to decide that his room and the budget hotel wasn’t up to his standards, before duly checking in somewhere more upmarket down the road! Of course, he was tried and convicted in the tour court, being found guilty (naturally), before embracing his punishment with a smile, as always.

One of David’s many responsibilities at the club, was to liaise with members and officials from other clubs and governing bodies, including referees, fellow Fixture Secretaries, other club Committee Members etc. It is indicative of the man, that many of these whom David came into contact with, have taken the time to write their messages of sympathy, all with a common theme prevalent; what a nice guy.

Indeed, a quick glance on the comments section on Facebook from current/ex-players, supporters and members echo this sentiment, and nobody will dispute, that David was indeed, the nicest guy you could wish to meet. From a personal perspective, I didn’t ever hear David criticise one single playing member of the club, in all his years at the club. He followed the team, home and away, and witnessed many defeats and poor performances, yet was nothing but positive to all of the players- something which must have been challenging at times!

David will be sorely missed, and it will be strange coming into the clubhouse after training without him propping up the bar, or seeing him at the front of the bus on away trips. On behalf of the 1st XV, we will all be playing, and trying to win for David tomorrow, and send our deepest sympathies to the family, and we hope that it’s a consolation to them, that he was very much loved by us all.


A couple of late injuries, has seen Russ Bolton rejig his backline, which means Ryan Long stays in the centre, and is replaced at openside by Will Macaulay, now back from injury. Keohane moves to 10, with a call up for Mike Burnett on the wing.

Maids team:

1.       M Parrott (c)

2.       M Darlington

3.       A Darlington

4.       S Hallett

5.       L Leonard

6.       W Cadden

7.       W Macaulay

8.       D Cole

9.       P Jansen

10.   E Keohane

11.   S Prince

12.   R Long

13.   A French

14.   M Burnett

15.   J Robinson

16.   L Jones

17.   T King

18.   L Ellis

Rest in Peace David x