- Camp Hill RFC volunteer included in Queen’s Birthday Honours List
- Former England flanker Richard Greenwood also recognised
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Former England International Flanker Richard Greenwood has been awarded an OBE and Graham Scutt has received a British Empire Medal in the Queens’s Birthday Honours list.
Both awards were in recognition for their services to rugby and rugby related causes.
From England captain in the 60s and England coach in the 80s to his involvement with a number of grassroots clubs including across the U.K including his current club, Rhyl Rugby, where he is chairman, Richard’s contribution to rugby has been vast.
“Rugby has been my lifelong passion, It is a great team game, so I am above all a team player, and my debt is to all my team-mates who have supported me through the years”, said Richard.
He adds “I dedicate this award to all of them, who have made it possible for me. Merchant Taylors’ School, Crosby; Cambridge University, who helped launch my international career; my England team-mates in the late 1960s; most of all, my Lancashire pals from 1961 to 1971, who gave me such a wonderful platform; my colleagues at the Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby; and now the great team I am working with at Rhyl Rugby.”
Greenwood’s son, former England captain Will Greenwood MBE, said “Dad I love you and what you’ve done and achieved in your lifetime. A wise man once said, you spend the first half of your lives trying to make your parents proud and the second part of your life trying to make your children proud and dad, you’ve nailed it again!
Following 75 years of service to Camp Hill RFC, Graham has been awarded the honour for his services to rugby in the Solihull community.
The 87 year old is currently a fixtures secretary and committee member but has acquired many strings to his bow since joining the club aged 11 years old.
Graham Scutt, said “I’m honoured to be recognised for my contribution to the game. My relationship with Camp Hill RFC has come very naturally to me and is something that has brought me a lot of joy. Continuing to play my part in the club keeps me mentally young, is great fun and I’ve been lucky enough to meet hundreds of friends over the years as a result.”
For virtually all of Graham’s time at the club he has held a voluntary position of some description, helping provide an outlet for his local community to participate in rugby. His constant presence ensures the smooth running of the club and his 30 years as a referee alongside roles as a match secretary, club chairman and committee member has led him to be well respected and well admired on and off the field of play.
Today, he can still be seen at the club come wind, rain or shine every Saturday, putting out flags, supplying oranges and tea for players, welcoming visiting referees and providing the social link after the games to help the officials socialise with the players and club members.