Tue 15 Dec 2020 21:42

The club is sad to record the passing of two lower team stalwart players of the 1970s-90s, John Topham and John Goddard, who both died recently.

John Topham, who passed away suddenly at home in Hull,  was a hard tackling threequarter who had two spells as a player at Percy Road, and then as a supporter who hardly missed a home game in recent years. He came to Pocklington from amateur rugby league having played 'A' team professional rugby, playing if and when his Police duties allowed, and more regularly for the Merovingians second time around. In recent times he gave valuable service transporting out Beverley and Hull contingent home after the game.

John Goddard, 72, who passed away in hospital after a long illness, was a rock solid prop in the lower sides in the 80s and 90s. Though he played mainly with the Pilgrims, his natural strength allowed him to be equally immovable in the front row when an occasional emergency call came from the first team. His funeral is at Octon on December 31 at 11.30am, anyone wishing to attend can arrange a place with the family through Fielders funeral directors.

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