It is with the saddest heart that we have to tell you of the death of Ian Landreth, a much loved club member who passed away on Friday 5th June. Those club members who knew Ian will all agree how much he was liked and how much we enjoyed his company. If we had to sum Ian up in three words it would be loyal, honest and rugby.
Ian first joined the club in 1971 when he moved to the Midlands from Durham where he played for West Hartlepool and Durham County. Prior to that he had a spell in the Royal Navy for 2-3 years where he enjoyed the odd tot of rum. It wasn’t long after moving that he was playing for the 1st XV at Old Edwardians Football Club. Ian would play at fly half or centre and be at home in both positions. He was the master of the incisive break and the crunching tackle. A great rugby player and Edwardian team member.
He met his future wife Maureen at his workplace and married her in 1973. They subsequently had two daughters, Nikki and Helen. It was a very happy marriage in spite of Sports continually winding Maureen up, generally at the club after a few beers.
As always Ian was active in organising many club events such as the 125 Grand Ball at KES. Those involved will remember the herculean effort to transfer all the dining tables, bar equipment and alcohol from the club to Big School (the great hall) at KES. He also helped to arrange two marquee balls at the club and for many years assisted with senior player coaching.
When club members rode from Lands End to John ‘O’ Groats Ian was there in the back up team. A typically generous contribution of personal time to friends and club members. Indeed many of the well-known speakers at our annual dinners were also organised by Ian, a difficult task at the best of times.
Ian was a well-regarded Club president for 3 years from 2007 – 2010 and fulfilled his role very successfully. He was well able to converse with other club presidents because of his knowledge of the game. He went on to man the scoreboard at most 1st XV home matches whatever the weather.
Ian will be missed by so many people, especially by his family and many friends at the club. He was a true gentleman and a very good friend to those around him. A typical northerner he liked good food, pie and chips, good beer and spoke his mind when he felt it was needed. It was good to have him by your side on or off the field.
Rest in peace old friend, Edwardian to the last.