Stalwart of Hadleigh is honoured by the RFU

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Twenty-three years of voluntary work at Hadleigh Rugby Club by Alan Murray were rewarded when he was entertained by RFU president John Dance at Twickenham.

Murray, who joined Hadleigh in 1991 after moving to Suffolk from Merseyside, was nominated for an unsung volunteer’s award by club president John Squirrell.

His reward was a visit to Twickenham for England’s autumn international against Australia.

Murray, a first-team regular for 10 years, later played for the second team and veterans, as well as sevens teams, and has filled every position on the field apart from prop.

He has, at various times, been president, chairman, youth chairman, membership secretary, fixture secretary, sponsorship secretary, first team captain, and first team manager.

He has also played a major role in setting up the club’s youth section.

In his letter of recommendation Squirrell said: “Alan has to a large extent, single-handed, created the club’s youth section.”

He stood down from club office this year, and is now secretary to the Suffolk RFU.

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