Jack Leathem was elected as our new club patron at our recent A.G.M. He has been a clubman for 58 years and we wish him well for the future. Jack played cricket (pre amalgamation) and Rugby (pre and post amalgamation) for Lurgan between 1955 and1976. Was a member of both rugby section and management committees. Was elected to first committee (rugby) in 1970 and held office in some capacity in the club until 2010.
This included chairmanship of the rugby section twice, the management committeetwice, secretary of the rugby section between 1975 to mid 1985 and took in the organisation of the 1981 tour to Italy. Was club president in 1996. He continues to be a member of our Monday club.
At it’s AGM on Wednesday 9th September 2015 Lurgan RF&C Club elected Billy Boyd as it’s President for 2015/16.
Billy has been a life time member of, initially, the Cricket club and with the amalgamation the 2 clubs, he continued this relationship and in 1984 became the Club President. He was a regular supporter of both sporting disciplines and ensured that he spent time in the club and attending meetings of both Sections and the Management Comm.
When he finished his year as President he took on the role of Hon Sec of the Cricket Section, a post which he held for approx 15 years. During this period he served as one of the Section reps on the Management Comm. In addition he has been the Cricket Section’s delegate on the Northern Cricket Union (NCU) since 1990. He was Vice Chairman and Chairman of the NCU from 2004 to 2007 and Vice President and President from 2012 to 2015.
At his election, Billy said he was delighted to be able to devote more time to “his Club” and to help all Sections to realise their potential and to move forward together.
CLUB VICE PRESIDENT
Chris Stevenson, 49, married to Helen. Played my rugby at Ballyclare & Portadown with a couple of guest appearances for Lurgan 3s. Had to stop playing in 1996 due to non-rugby related injury, Began coaching 1997. Had success with Under 16s winning Ulster titles & reaching an all Ireland final. Following year won section title. During this time also coached Under 20s. Came to Lurgan in 2000 to help re-start youth rugby. Along with David Harvey, got under 14s up & running. Success there in winning section conference title in 2007/08 season. Eventually spent 3 seasons as co-coach of 1st XV with Paul Heasley then 2 seasons as under 16 coach. During this time progressed form assistant to head coach of Ulster Under 16 development squad. Club matters – 10 years on rugby section committee, 10 years on management committee, 9 as secretary. Will admit to knowing very little about the rules of cricket but looking forward to being educated over the next 2 years .