It is with deep sadness that the Club announces the passing away of our dear friend Tony Alger, on 14 September in France with the funeral there on 18 September.

Many members will carry their own fond memories of Tony and we hope to share more of his Sevenoaks Rugby history in a further update. For now Willy P has kindly shared the following anecdote from Tony himself, saying much of his commitment, enthusiasm and humility.

After he first moved to France, Tony took himself off to the local rugby club and asked to join. Keep in mind he did not speak a word of French, a member was found who spoke good English and Tony explained that he would like to join as a non-playing member and would be happy to help in any capacity.

There was a brief conversation between a couple of the members, none of which Tony understood, before he was told they would be delighted if he joined and that they were looking for a physio!

Tony did not hesitate, just a cheery’no problem’, glad he could help. Of course along with his total lack of French, he matched this with no knowledge of physio at all.

He noticed after the second game in post, that his players were showing a distinct preference for staying on the park even when in obvious great pain and discomfort.

We express our condolences to Tony’s family at this sad time for them.

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KENT: I have a journey, sir, shortly to go. My master calls me. I must not say no.

EDGAR: The weight of this sad time we must obey. Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. The oldest hath borne most. We that are young, Shall never see so much, nor live so long.

King Lear, Act V, Scene III

 Tony, back row, far left when he was the Extra A XV (2nd XV in new money) Manager

Tony, back row, far left when he was the Extra A XV (2nd XV in new money) Manager

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