STARSTONE RENEWS SPONSORSHIP

The Club is delighted to announce that Starstone (formerly Torus Insurance) has renewed its sponsorship of the Youth Section for a further three years.

HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL RENEWS SPONSORSHIP

Hamptons International 2017

The Club is delighted to announce that Hamptons International has renewed their sponsorship of the Club for a further three seasons.  The Hamptons logo will appear on all playing shirts and on the website.  Hamptons will be offering cashback to the Club on all transactions with Club members – details of the scheme will be announced shortly.

STUART MANGAN

On 5th April 2008 Stuart injured his neck whilst playing fly half for the Club’s Second XV in an end of season friendly. As a result of this injury, which is extremely rare, Stuart had no feeling below his neck and was on a ventilator.

Stuart was a remarkable person, who showed outstanding courage and determination in the the face of his injury. His positive attitude to everything that he did and his love of life makes him a credit to his family. Whoever met Stuart, either before or after his injury, could not fail to be impressed by his determination to live life to the full.

Stuart started to suffer from a chest infection on Thursday 6th August 2009 and was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital in London. He slipped into a coma and passed away at 7pm on Friday 7th August 2009.

Stuart and the Mangan Family watch the drama unfold during the Six Nations Rugby Match between Ireland and Wales, as Ireland won the Grand Slam for the first time in 61 years

Stuart and the Mangan Family watch the drama unfold during the Six Nations Rugby Match between Ireland and Wales, as Ireland won the Grand Slam for the first time in 61 years

Following memorial masses in London and Dublin, Stuart’s funeral took place in Fermoy, his home town, and he was buried in kilcrumper cemetery, Fermoy on Friday 14th August 2009. you can find the BBC Three Documentary about Stuart on YouTube

Here at Hammers Rugby, we all miss Stuart. In tribute to our remarkable and inspirational teammate, since his initial injury the Hammers Vets have been prolific in fundraising in the name of Stuart, and  thanks to their efforts, the annual England vs Ireland Legends game is now and annual featured in the England and Irish Rugby calender, with both sides vying to win the Stuart Mangan Memorial Cup. In recognition of their efforts and the tens of thousands of pounds our Vets have and continue to raise for this most worthy cause, the Old Hams play in the curtain-raiser matches prior to this fantastic game.

Hammers Vet Tony Richards wins England Cap!

Tony packing down with the England Legends

Tony packing down with the England Legends

 

Tony Richards became the second Hammers player to win an England Legends Cap. Tony’s moment of glory came after playing in the Hammers vs London Irish Vets curtain raiser match at the Stoop. He clearly made an impression, as prop-legend Jason Leonard spotted his skills and asked him play 5 minutes in them main event; the England vs Ireland Legends match!

Tony waiting patiently for his moment. Not in slightest bit nervous.

Tony waiting patiently for his moment. Not in slightest bit nervous.

The nerves were palpable as Tony sat sweating on the England bench, but he did the Club proud. He lifted Simon Shaw in the lineout with ease, took a pounding in his first ruck and even mixed it up by hanging out in the backs. One spectator in the Etihad stand was heard asking if Victor Ubogu had taken to the field!

Tony mixing with England Legends. That's Simon Shaw wearing 5!

Tony mixing with England Legends. That’s Simon Shaw wearing 5!

He coped well despite the pace of the game being quicker than he’s used to in the Hammers Vets side!

Tony was invited to change with the England team after the game where he was rightly brought back down to earth by Jason Leonard, who bullied him out of his spot in the changing room, with Tony heard to say “Sorry Mr Leonard!”. Respect where respect is due.

Fantastic effort, Tony. Congratulations!

Hammers Vets Victorious in Stuart Mangan Memorial!

Hammersmith & Fulham RFC Vets were invited by the Ireland Legends to play in the charity Curtain Raiser against Bective Rangers RFC, before the England Legends v Ireland Legends International in Dublin on the 9th February 2013.

Both matches were being played in memory of Stuart Mangan, who suffered a terrible spinal injury while playing rugby for Hammersmith and Fulham in 2008 and who tragically passed away the following year. To read more about Stuart click HERE

But the real aim of the games, apart from enjoying the craic, was to raise as much money as possible in Stuart’s memory, for the RFU Injured Players Foundation and the IRFU Charitable Trust; both do so much good work in looking after seriously injured players and their families.

44 H&F Vets made the trip to Dublin. They funded their own tour and have, so far, collectively raised over £45,000!

The H&F Vets were generously sponsored by Orchard Grove Consultancy Limited, who are Independent Legionella Risk Assessors.

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Hammers Vets pipped in Stuart Mangan Cup Curtain Raiser at The Stoop

Hammers Vets with Jason Leonard and Shane Byrne

Hammers Vets with Jason Leonard and Shane Byrne

The Vets took on London Irish Vets (Surrey champions no less) in the long awaited Curtain Raiser, before the England vs Ireland Legends match at the Stoop.

With the groundsmen concerned about the pitch tearing up before the Legends game (not to mention the other team that play at The Stoop), the match was reduced to 10-a-side game lasting 30 minutes. The 10s format is not known to be ‘Vets friendly’ at the best of times, and what with the wide pitch the Hammers formed three teams of 10 players to ensure the ‘pace’ was maintained!

After a Port Toast in memory of Stuart Mangan, the match kicked off. In true Hammersmith style, the Vets allowed London Irish to start well; leaking one try in the first period and two in the second leaving the Hammers with a three try deficit to overturn.

And so they did. The Hammers’ resolve was strong. The first try was a vintage offload from Alex Neilson to John Mowbray for a try in the corner. The second was a grubber kick which fell to the feet of Andrew Barratt but was nimbly was stolen by the oldest man on the pitch in Robin Barton (57) for a score under the posts. In a the last 5 minutes, concerted action on the Irish 22 saw Felix Whitechapel show a clean set of heels to score in the corner, with the conversion sadly missed.

And so the final score was 17 – 19 to Irish, Hammers having lost by a single conversion.

The Curtain Raiser Trophy was later presented by Mark Regan in the Players Lounge, where Vets Captain Chris Hunt announced that London Irish and H&FRFC Vets had together raised a stunning £17,000 for the Legends Charities! Which, combined with last year’s fundraising efforts, totals £63,000 in two years. Well done boys, fantastic!

The Hammers Minis section were also in on the action, as 16 children from the Club provided the Guard of Honour for the Legends players as they came on to the pitch.

Tony (Ubogu) Richards came on to entertain in the last 5 minutes of the Legends match, wearing an England shirt.

Overall a great night which saw the Vets enjoy a lock-in drinking session at the Sun Inn with the Legends players. It doesn’t get better than that!

Jason Leonard (OBE) Becomes the Hammers Club President

Yes, THE Jason Leonard. England’s most capped forward (114 caps) and a Rugby World Cup winner to boot, has agreed to be our Club’s President. Jason took up the position with the Club the day after he completed his term as RFU President. So if you see a big bloke on the touchline who looks like Jason Leonard, it probably will be,