Henley RFC Legacy appeal

We are pleased to acknowledge receipt of a legacy from the estate of Antony Verdin. This generous gift will help us achieve our plans for future development of our community rugby programme.

Tony was a long time and much respected clubman, who epitomised the community spirit of the club.   One of his contemporaries, Graham Paddick, recalls the man;

‘Tony was an entrepreneur from scientific instruments to restaurants, from wine shipping to The Chelsea Arts Club, but his main drive in life was to play social rugby known to him as 'Rugger' with Henley RFC as his base. The only man known to have left early from negotiations for a large contract with an Indian government official in order to arrive back in the UK for a Wednesday afternoon game against the local farming college.

There are not many people who played having scored tries worth 3, 4, and 5 points as the value changed over the years.  Tony was one, scoring his final try on a tour to Limerick on his 70th birthday -  there may have been some connivance on this one, but score it he did ! Two hundred per cent enthusiasm made up for any lack of skill in his second row frame whether he was playing for Henley or against 'The Inn on the River'(Cardiff) in the Heineken 7s. Tony's touring, a sadly lacking part of today’s rugby, was a large part of his CV, whether with Henley 'B' team, Jeff Butterfield’s Rugby Club of London, or the Golden Oldie World Vets tournaments.  Tony was there. The 'B' team suppers at The Cherwell Boat House were legendary including a compulsory 2am swim across the Cherwell!

A very generous man, whose ethos was to play social rugby forever, it is certain he is still turning out for the hereafter XV every Saturday!!’

Many thanks, Tony. You are remembered with great affection.

John Louth