Boxing Day 2012

Date: 26 November 2012

A Huge Thank You

Boxing Day 2012 saw over 50 players turn out in Bill Johnston’s testimonial game. A wide range of abilities and age took part with players ranging from 17 into their 70’s!

You can see some photos below which are provided with the kind permission of Mike Craig.

The gallery below is provided with the kind permission of Martin Hothersall

Through donations on the gate and a raffle Preston Grasshoppers is delighted to announce that over £1500 was raised to be split between Bill’s choice of charities which were CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and Parkinson’s UK.

Bill was presented with a framed copy of the match day programme after the match where he took the opportunity  thanked all the people who had turned out either to play or watch.


Preston Grasshoppers RFC can announce that this years Boxing Day game will be a testimonial for former player, coach, 1st XV manager and still avid spectator Billy Johnston.

Billy proudly wearing his Hoppers top on the Lions tour to SA in 2009.

Billy played for the 1st XV as a scrum half before turning his hand to coaching and then managing the 1st XV. He also coached the Colts for several years, leading them to National Plate glory at Franklin’s Gardens.

The club is grateful for everything Billy has done over the years and is delighted to be able to show its gratitude in this way.

On Boxing Day a Graham Cox XV will face off against an ex-players team with Billy overseeing the action from the touchlines. Kick off is at 1pm.

The match will also act as a fundraiser for charity. The club is asking that all of those that come to watch pay a £5 gate fee, which will be split equally between Parkinson’s UK and CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young).

After the game it is hoped that the Strollers will be in fine voice in the bar!

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