Hall of Fame Class of 2016
Ian began playing rugby in 1967 as an 11yr old in Newbury, Berkshire, England. He grew up watching his Dad play rugby with Mom making sandwiches for the club. Ian continued playing rugby at Bartholomew Secondary School in addition to playing Club U18 as a 15yr old. All this time as a scrum half. From there it was on to the Newbury Club – A Side as a 20yr old, having now moved out to the Wing as he had become undersized for scrum half. One of the highlights of his rugby career was playing for the Newbury Club – A Side when they hosted the England National U23 team. Ian continued playing rugby at Leeds-Carnegie Polytech.
In 1981 Ian came to the US and was in Asheville in 1983 when the Asheville Rugby Football Club was formed. Ever the true English journeyman he moved to Raleigh and played with the Vipers from 1984-1988 then back to Asheville till 1993 during which he served as the ARFC President. Not content, on it was back to Raleigh and the Vipers from ’93-95 this time to coach as injuries to the shoulders had mounted.
Never in one place too long Ian moved to Philadelphia and played with Brandywine Rugby Club as player/coach. From ’97-98 he played with the Pittsburg Rugby Club where he took them on tour to England to play his hometown team.
Semi-retirement from rugby meant playing 7’s with Tobacco Road Old Boys up and down the East Coast and fond memories of winning the Cape Fear 7’s Old Boys Division.
Ian’s memories of the ARFC are of being a tough team and never giving up while usually playing against larger clubs. Now living in Baltimore he enjoys returning to Asheville to see the ARFC play and is incredibly proud of the overall shape of the club.