October 26th, 2016

Emotional farewell for Southam Rugby Club legend Neil Crowther

Updated: 5:41 pm, Sep 02, 2015

RUGBY stalwart Neil Crowther took to the pitch one last time on what was an emotional farewell day for the Southam player.

The 52-year-old has spent the last 44 years playing for Southam, having signed for the club at the tender age of eight.

He moved his way through the junior ranks and into the senior team as a prop forward at the age of 17.

Crowther played in all sevent Southam sides and also had the privilage of captaining his beloved club during a three-year period.

But after a series of injuries, including a severe back injury, Crowther last month decided to call time on his career.

His final game saw Southam take on Trinity Guild in a match that was played at a competitive level, but it was the Coventry side who won the match 40-0.

Speaking after the game, Crowther said: “The score did not reflect the overall game.

“The guild’s backs were far too fast and young for my older players. I would like to thank every player and family and friends that came along to watch and like to say the evening entertainment was good as well.

“On the final whistle a tear was shed knowing that was the end of my Rugby life.”