After the sad and untimely recent death of Ian Mackay, the Management Committee are pleased to announce that another Club stalwart, Graham Cox has agreed to take on the role of Honorary Secretary with immediate effect.
Graham joined Hoppers in 1973 and, after just one game for the Seconds, was promoted to the First XV. After 421 games in the first string, in the 80s often partnering one Wade Dooley at lock, Graham gradually worked his way down through the lower sides where many players coming the other way benefited from his experience. At the same time, he involved himself in coaching mini-youth for some 10 years during which time, son Chris, a promising scrum half, came through the ranks.
Graham, a chartered surveyor, retired recently and commented: “I now have some time on my hands and, since I have had so many enjoyable years as a player at the Club, I should like to put something back. The amount of work that goes on behind the scenes has certainly been an eye-opener and I am looking forward to getting involved.”
Chairman George Erdozain added: “I am delighted that Graham has agreed to come on board. He is a ‘Hopper’ through and through and, if he puts the same commitment in as he did on the field, the Club will be well served.”