An auspicious evening sees the RFU President at Seaford RFC

Graham Thompson Paul Murphy and Ian Newby
Graham Thompson Paul Murphy and Ian Newby

Seaford RFC held its annual President’s Wine and Buffet Evening on Friday (March 8) in their clubhouse at The Salts.

Amongst the guests at this auspicious gathering was the Rugby Football Union President, Paul Murphy, the Sussex County RFU President, Ken Gordon, and – to welcome them – was the Seaford Rugby Football Club President, Graham Thompson.

Also attending were various members of the Sussex RFU committee, the Seaford Mayoress, Linda Wallraven, the Seaford Lifeguards Chairman, Peter Gwilliam, together with a number of Seaford RFC Vice Presidents and sponsors.

Graham Thompson thanked all the guests for attending, especially Paul Murphy, for taking the time to visit Seaford RFC, one of the smaller clubs within the RFU’s umbrella.

Nevertheless, Seaford did have a good rapport with the RFU, having hosted the RFU Roadshow a couple of years ago – the only club in Sussex to have been given that privilege.

Graham also congratulated the players and members of the club for all their efforts in maintaining a high standard of both senior and junior rugby, together with all the continuing improvements being made to the clubhouse.

In his gracious reply, Mr Murphy thanked the club for its hospitality and said that it was his intention to visit as many clubs as possible during his tenure as RFU President.

He went on to outline the aims and problems facing the RFU in the run-up to the Rugby World Cup being held here in 2015, not least of which was the choice of grounds to be used.

During the evening, Paul Ungoed handed the club a cheque for the sum of £1,150 as a donation to the Matt Hampson Foundation from the ‘Seaford Rugby Club Players’, being part of the proceeds from their Xmas pantomime.

A weakened Seaford team were left to rue missed chances in a 20-3 defeat at near neighbours Eastbourne in Sussex Spitfire 1 on Saturday.

Seaford struggled to put a team together, but after recruiting reserve players team late in the week, the fixture was able to get under way.

Paul Hardwick kicked their only points of the game.

They are next in league action at the Salts tomorrow (Saturday) against bottom side Lewes 2nd XV. Kick-off is 3pm.

Pictured here are (top left to right): Graham Thompson, Paul Murphy and Ian Newby at the Seaford RFC President’s Evening, and Graham Thompson, Ian Newby, Laura Peerless and Paul Ungoed with RFU President Paul Murphy.