We are very sad to report that long time Fylde member, committee member and volunteer Richard Paul died in Blackpool Victoria Hospital early on Saturday morning after an 18 months battle against cancer.
Richard was a sand grown ‘un – born in the town, attending King Edward VII School before making a successful career locally in banking and financial services. He also had a spell at Booths Supermarkets a few years ago.
He was a member at the Club for 40 years or so, a passionate supporter home and away. Not for him was sheltering in the bar on wet days during games – he was resolute in the worst that the weather gods could throw at us. Claret and gold ran through his veins, the kind of supporter that players so appreciate on good and not so good days for the 1st XV.
Club rugby provides a glorious ‘égalité et fraternité’ as players and supporters mix freely around grounds and in the bars before and after. This was Ric’s environment and where he was most contented.
Rugby existed beyond the Woodlands for Ric, with perhaps the highlight being his trip to New Zealand in 20?? to follow the British Lions. So many memories in the heartland of our great sport.
Since his retirement, Richard volunteered as part of the Friday Club who collectively do so much great work around the Woodlands before illness restricted his involvement.
Everyone at the Club sends their sincere commisserations to his widow Ruth who was his rock through their long marriage and in particular during the last 18 months, and to his family and friends. Ruth herself has been closely connected to the Club for many years and was Chair of the Ladies Committee in the 1990s before her own health problems prevented more active involvement in recent years.
The Club flag has been lowered in Ric’s honour.