Pocklington RUFC is sad to record the sudden death on Sunday night of Derrick Dennington, one of its most loyal supporters and biggest points scorers in the club's history.
No-one accumulated more points at Pock for all teams than goal-kicking legend Denno. Joining PRUFC straight from Pocklington School he banged over thousands of conversions and penalties and won countless games with his metronomic, toe-end goalkicking in a 30-year Pocklington career, sometimes for the 1st XV (he is pictured, with hair!, before a first team game against Wharfedale in the 1967-68 season, but predominately for the Pilgrims. The Pilgrims enjoyed a golden era in the 1970s and 80s and Denno's prolific boot at fullback was the key part of their success.
He didn't just grace Percy Road as a rugby player. He was a useful wicket keeper in the days when the club ran a team on the front pitch in the Pocklington Cricket League; and he was a talented musician - playing with top local band 'Roy & The Zeros', and doing gigs at the club first time around in the 1960s, then again with their revival 20 years on. He also had a long career as a local estate and property agent.
On retiring from playing he became an avid supporter at first team games, and of Sunday matches when his sons, Michael and Christopher, now respectively a golf professional and local team room owner, played junior and Colts rugby, both following in his footsteps as noted goal kickers.
Even after he suffered a severe stroke a few years ago which severely handicapped his mobility, he never missed a game. And he was on the touchline as usual last Saturday, and in brilliant form in the clubhouse afterwards, laughing and joking with his former teammates in the bar.
His family asked that everyone raised a glass to remember him at Pocktoberfest on Saturday - a fitting tribute as his last public performance at Percy Road was to play in 'Curly's Band' as the headline act at the 2014 Pocktoberfest. And club captain and guitar vocalist, Micky Beard, made an even more poignant afternoon by leading a rendition of the club song, 'Take me home, Percy Road', in memory of Derrick.