TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF
was held on
Following which, hundreds of his friends and family returned to
Luctonians Rugby Club, Mortimer Park
to share their memories of our dear departed friend
ALL LUCTONIANS ARE DEVASTATED
RIP Ali Waugh
First XV Manager
(Extract from Lucsline 26 January 2018)
Unfortunately there is nowhere else to start this week but with the devastating news of the sudden passing of our 1st XV Team Manager Ali Waugh last weekend.
Ali was at home, because the 1st XV game at Blaydon had been called off, when he suffered a pulmonary embolism. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies as a club obviously go out to Su, Jonny, Kieran and his surrounding family.
Ali was a hugely influential figure at our club over the past 30 years, having played within the 1st XV since 1989.
A 10 year span in the premier team, that included much of the 44 game unbeaten run, was followed up with Ali coaching two junior sides all the way through the age groups before going on to Coach our Colts age group alongside Norm for three years, that included the club’s one and only North Midlands Cup success at that level. In the past two seasons he had taken on the roles of 1st XV Team Manager and 4th Official, and performed them with aplomb.
On the pitch in his playing days, I am reliably told, Ali was a fearsome competitor who took few prisoners. A tough Blindside Flanker who you were always glad to have wearing the black and white alongside you, he earned the nickname of ‘Yow Dirty Bastard Number 6’ at various Midlands clubs, but particularly at DK.
Off the pitch he was a very considerate and caring bloke, who quietly went about his roles within the club extremely effectively, looking for no plaudits or praise in return. Whilst his occasional outbursts at referees were legendary, particularly during his stint coaching the Colts, in recent years Ali had grown into an excellent foil to the often excitable young bench of players and coaching staff involved within the 1st XV set up.
I will always remember the various occasions over the last couple of seasons, where whilst an exasperated replacement was in the midst of a volley of abuse towards an official, due to some incompetence or another, Ali in his newly found mild mannered way would inform the young player
“Yes I know he’s a w***** as well, but us telling him that isn’t going to help things so shut up, and whilst you are at it get back in your technical area please!”
His presence will be sorely missed by our current playing group, because whilst nothing Ali did was with fanfair, the way he cared for and paid attention to individual players within the group often helped remove problems before they arose. He was well loved by the squad and I know I won’t be the only one to say I’ll hugely miss the regular chorus of Ali Waugh, Ali Waugh, Ali Ali Waugh to the tune of KC & The Sunshine Band’s Give It Up, booming out from the back of the bus on away journeys.
Ali was an excellent Luctonian and an even better father and husband.
We will inform you of funeral arrangements once they are finalised. Su would just like me to pass on that Jonny, Kieran and herself are finding it very hard to put things into words, but they would like to say that they really appreciate everyone’s kindness and support.