Ian Putt, who has died after a short illness aged 62, was one of the squad of players who gathered in the spring of 1976 to found Brackley Rugby Club. Even for a winger, Ian was exceptionally fleet of foot, his speed carrying him to a record number of tries for the 1st XV in successive seasons until his retirement from the game in the early Eighties.
A committed member from the outset, Ian was totally involved in the fund raising campaign needed to get the rugby club off the ground during the sizzling summer of 1976. On one memorable occasion, Ian was with a motorised party collecting ‘rag and bone’ for a forthcoming jumble sale when a box of matches in the clothing of the person standing next to him on the trailer spontaneously ignited. Traffic on the High Street (then the A43), was briefly brought to a standstill as Ian helped douse the flames.
Ian was voted ‘Player of the Year’ in season 1978-79, at a time when he was averaging more than a try per match. His impact as a prolific try scorer was undoubtedly a key factor in the early progress of Brackley Rugby Club.
Ian’s funeral is at 1pm on Monday 19 June at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Deddington, followed by a reception at the The Deddington Arms Hotel.
Updated 12:09 - 10 Jun 2017 by Neale Hutchinson