It is with great pride and pleasure that we can announce that this years Summer Ball the theme of "Thistle & Tartan" in memory of much loved & deeply missed member of the club, Gordon Riding, who sadly passed away last year
As a ball committee we have tried many times to write something here to do justice to Gordon and to his wife Margaret, son and daughter in law, Stuart and Donna, his daughter and beloved grandson Claire and Ashton who all remain very much an integral part of the club, but in fact I couldn't come close to the words written by Stuart (or to most of us, 'Pid') in the Past Players match day programme on February 20th last year... Please, please take the time to read it and we hope to see you all there to raise as much as we can for the Riding family's chosen charity, The British Heart Foundation....
"I have typed this message out and deleted it so many times as I am unable to find the words that will describe how we feel about our recent loss. I would like to start by saying thank you to everyone who has been in touch, my mum has been shown all the messages and it's truly unbelievable how many nice things we have seen. How do you describe my Dad? How do you serve him justice with words? I don't think it can be done. I had the pleasure of growing up watching most of you, some I was lucky enough to play with, the rest of you had to look after me on the sidelines. On a Saturday, I would be given the choice; go to the game with Dad or watch the less violent A team.
As you know, most Saturdays, I was sat in the corner of the changing room watching you do high knees and slapping each other afterwards. I would look forward to hearing "who's got the powder" in his booming voice. I was lucky as I got to play alongside him. We played over at Wellingborough, I think I was too young to play so I got shoved out on the wing. Dad was playing in the centre at this point, (he still couldn't believe people ran straight at him) his old sparring partner Steve Fernhart was playing no. 8 for Wellingborough. They had a scrum and Dad came over to say Steve would pick and go from the base. He asked if I wanted to swap - I said no. Steve picked and I somehow managed to avoid one of his knees to bring him down. Dad walked by, said nothing but slapped my bum. I knew he was happy.
Big G as he is known to the players today loved playing this game and since retiring from playing has loved nothing more than destroying the opposition with his words, like he once did with his tackles.
What we have at Rushden & Higham is really special, a club to be proud of, strengthened by the loyalty, support and enthusiasm of its members.
We look forward to your support at this event and hope to raise even more than the £13k we raised last year.
For more information please see or Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/146813599157419/ ask for one of the ball committee on a Sunday morning.
Updated 09:27 - 21 Mar 2017 by Rushden and Higham RUFC