'We will miss him dearly' - Former Eastbourne Rugby chairman and president passes away

Tributes have poured into Eastbourne Rugby Club as ex-chairman Peter Lloyd passed away this week, aged 90, having recently tested positive for covid-19

Peter Lloyd was the former chairman and president of Eastbourne Rugby Club
Peter Lloyd was the former chairman and president of Eastbourne Rugby Club

Peter joined the club in the 1970s, bringing his son to the first mini-training sessions, initiated by Jerry Cowell in 1977.

He soon became a highly-respected coach for the club and was well-known for passing on his vast knowledge and training and encouraging players at all levels.

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Peter managed the first XV from 1992 to 1995. He was the chairman from 1997 to 2000 and president in 2009.

Among his many achievements, Peter successfully ran the County Colts and managed a County Colts Sevens team, which won the national competition.

Peter also supported the Veterans XV on its many tours in the 1980s and even made a cameo appearance on the wing in France at the ripe old age of 53.

His initial work with John Ager in 2007 led to the establishment of the Patrons Association and he contributed to the club’s involvement with local authorities and was able to offer advice on the constitution and other legal and commercial matters.

As club press officer, Peter also had a very sharp eye for match reporting and was regularly published in the local media.

“Peter was always my go to man," said club chairman Frasrer Brooks. "When I needed advice or just someone to run and idea by, having held almost every position within the club, his depth of knowledge and passion for the club to keep moving forward was immeasurable. I will miss him dearly.

"The club have received many tributes from other rugby clubs across the county and beyond. A recognition of the outstanding contribution he gave to the life of Eastbourne Rugby club and the game as a whole."