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'Paddy' Pattersongrosvenor paddy patterson cropped

Paddy has fondly been described as the 'Father' of the club. A former teacher at Grosvenor High School Paddy was a founding member in 1953 and a major driving force throughout the early years.
In his roles of secretary, coach and chairman, Paddy was the club's main organiser up until 1960 when the first management committee was formed. Paddy then went on to bring great honour to Grosvenor when he became IRFU Ulster Branch President in 1967.

 

 

 

 

 

Ken Armstrong

may11 056The first Head Boy of Grosvenor High School, Ken Armstrong  is the only Grosvenor RFC player to win an international cap. A gifted athlete, Ken played at out–half for Ireland, making his debut against South Africa in 1961. Ken also represented Ulster at rugby and basketball and was on Leicester City’s books while a student at Loughborough. Ken was the first proper coach to the senior Ulster rugby team in the 1960’s and taught at Royal School Dungannon where the WK Armstrong pitch is named after him.

At RSD Ken was as the 1st XV coach between 1962 and 1983.  His teams were known then for their attacking, free running style and came close to winning the School’s Cup in 1975 when RSD lost to Methody at a packed Ravenhill final.

 

 

 

Joe Eaglesonjoeeagleson

Joe was a very talented player who could play anywhere in the backs but is probably best remembered for his exploits at out-half in a playing career that spanned three decades from the sixties to the eighties.
Joe spurned the advances of several senior clubs during his heyday, staying loyal to Grosvenor and was chosen as captain of the Ulster Juniors in the early 1970s.  In the twilight of his playing career Joe moved into club administration, becoming Club President in 1982/3. His organising talents were spotted at Ravenhill where he fulfilled many roles and sat on various committees before becoming Ulster Branch President in 2002/03

 

 

 

Stephen Hilditch MBEstephen hilditch

A former teacher at Grosvenor High School, Stephen is best known for a distinguished career as an International referee. Stephen was on the panel of referees in the inaugural World Cup in 1987 in New Zealand/Australia where he took charge of the Romania v Zimbabwe match at Eden Park, Auckland and the Romania v Scotland match at Carisbroook, Dunedin. Stephen also refereed many five nations matches including the now infamous clash between France and England in Paris in 1992 where he sent two players off - both Frenchmen, prop Grégoire Lescubé and hooker Vincent Moscato - Lescubé for stamping and Moscato for head-butting. Stephen also refereed the famous 1995 World Cup semi-final where Will Carling's England were smashed almost single-handedly by Jonah Lomu. After many years service behind the scenes at Ravenhill Stephen became Ulster Branch President in 2003/04. Stephen continued to contribute to rugby as an assessor of international referees and lecturing at various conferences around the world. In 2016 Stephen was elected President of the IRFU, the highest office in Irish rugby, and brought great honour to Grosvenor during his successful year of presidency.

 

 

Alan Egner

Alan joined Grosvenor RFC in 1978 and in an undistinguished playing career represented all four teams at some stage or another. Much to his (and his peers) surprise he was picked to represent Junior Ulster in 1992 but unfortunately suffered a serious knee injury which ended his playing career. Alan then moved into coaching and helped to coach Grosvenor during the late 1990s.slide1

 

He is widely known in Ulster club rugby as an entertaining after-dinner speaker, an appreciative guest and gracious host. He is a worthy ambassador of Grosvenor and Ulster Rugby, which was never more obvious than in his work as Secretary of the Ulster Supporters Club in 2001/2 when he travelled widely in support of the senior Ulster Team.

 

However it was as a club administrator that Alan made the greatest contribution to Grosvenor, working on committees in various roles since 1985. In 2002 he compiled and launched the GRFC website which was designed by his late brother, Jim. He continues to take responsibility for putting together match reports and the weekly GRFC update.

 

Alan was first elected as President in 2003 and again in 2008 when he drafted the
Grosvenor Strategic Development Plan, the bedrock of all that Grosvenor has achieved since. During his second term Grosvenor was twice nominated for Ulster Branch ‘Club of the Year’ and he himself as ‘Clubman of the Year’.  Alan had a large input into Grosvenor’s successful bid for the IRFU Club Excellence and Clubmark NI awards. Alan’s energy, efficiency, creativity and business ability have stood the Club in good stead ever since and his enthusiasm has been an inspiration behind other Presidents and Committees.

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 November 2017 20:57
 

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