Mrs Linda Lane
Secretary, Liverpool St.Helens Football Club
As President of Rugby School's alumni association I wanted to let you and your members know that this coming weekend (10/11 January) we will be marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of two very brave men and rugby footballers:
* Ronnie Poulton-
* Freddie ”Tank” Turner who Captained Sedbergh and also captained Oxford University, as well as Liverpool. Turner then went on to play for, and Captain, Scotland winning 15 caps before the Great War.Turner and Poulton-
Both men became friends whilst at Oxford and Turner invited Poulton-
We are gathering at Rugby School for a Rugby/Sedbergh dinner this Saturday evening, followed by a service in Chapel on Sunday morning, after which boys from Rugby and Sedbergh will play a memorial match in honour of both men. Following the match, an oak bench engraved in their memory will be unveiled on the Close next to the spot where William Webb Ellis famously picked up the ball and ran with it in 1823, thus originating the distinctive feature of the game we know and love today.
Richard and I feel that it is important to let you and your club know that this event is taking place to recognise the centenary of the sacrifice made for their countries by these two great players and former members of Liverpool Football Club.
With kind regards
Simon Penniston (C65-
President of the Rugbeian Society
Jan 8 2015