Professor Geoff Kneale RIP

David Harris writes:-

I am very sorry to bring you the news that Geoff Kneale has passed away.

I quote the his family announcement:

“With great sadness our family announce that Geoff passed away suddenly but peacefully on 24th June  2019 aged 69.

Geoff was a fantastic husband, father, grandfather and scientist and will be greatly missed by so many.

The arrangements are as follows. All are welcome to attend


The Oaks Crematorium,  Barton’s Road Havant at 1430 hrs on Wednesday 17th July 2019

A Wake will be held after the service at The Carlton Club, 16-18 Portsdown Ave, Drayton, PO6 1EJ.

All who knew Geoff or would like to pay their respects are welcome.

We politely request that flowers will be from immediate family only. If you would like to make a donation to Crohn’s and Colitis UK in Geoff’s memory this can be sent via virgin money giving:





Portsmouth Rugby Club – Final Calling Notice Annual AGM Tuesday 2nd July 2019 2000h


Our AGM will be held in the Main Clubhouse at Rugby Camp, Norway, Hilsea,
Portsmouth, PO3 5EP. The meeting will start at 8.00pm and members are kindly requested
to fill in the attendance sheets and be seated by 7.45pm.

Herewith the Agenda for the Meeting:

1. Attendance & Apologies
2. Adoption of Minutes from AGM held Tuesday 17th July 2018
3. Chairman’s Report for Season 2018/19
4. Financial Report for Season 2018/19
5. Election of Officers & Committee Representatives for 2019/20
6. Club Redevelopment – Ian Morris
7. Appointment of Independent Examiners
8. Setting of Subscriptions and Fees
9. Appointment of Trustees
10. Any Other Business – No A.O.B received.
11. Date of Next AGM – T.B.C.

Adam Long RIP

David Harris writes:-

This is the most painful club email I have written.

Dear Adam long passed away on Monday morning, 6th May 2019 aged 27.









Adam was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer at the age of 23.

Supported wonderfully by his wife, Georgia, his Family and friends, Adam fought with great spirit through multiple rounds of chemotherapy, major surgeries and radiotherapy.

His strength of character was an inspiration to everyone who knew him and, in fact, to many who did not. It is a staggering legacy that 3354 people contributed to a funding appeal to raise £105000 to provide him with the chance to undergo a groundbreaking Immunotherapy treatment.

Adam continued a long tradition at Portsmouth Rugby Club. His Grandfather (Gerald) and Father (Ian) developed reputations as hard tackling, no-nonsense back row players and Adam took up that mantle when he graduated from the colts to become something of an icon among Portsmouth forwards. He was relentless in his work ethic and passionate about the club and his team mates.

By way of illustration, I have been asked to mention the 2015 Old Alleynians last game of the season.

Ian Chandler takes up the story:

“11th April 2015

We had to win our last game of the season and score 4 tries to get a bonus point win to avoid relegation from London 2 South. We were playing Old Alleynians away from home, and not secured an away bonus point win all season, and Old Alleynians were 4th in the league.

It was our best performance of the season and the forwards with Adam to the fore were dominating the game offensively and defensively. We were winning comfortably but had only scored three tries with 7 seven minutes to go.

We attacked down the left wing and were stopped 5 yards short. From the ensuing ruck, Adam appeared from nowhere at great pace, took the ball and crashed over through 3 men, to score the 4th try and secure our status in the league. Without doubt the most important try in our clubs recent history. The effort to make the ground, and determination to score despite the defensive barrier typified Adam and all he stood for, both personally and the club and team mates he loved so much.”












There will be a celebration of Adams life at The Oaks Crematorium on Saturday 18th May 2019 beginning at 1045hrs.

All are welcome at the service. Please make sure you leave the seating available for Adams family and closes friends, I suspect there is going to be quite a crowd.

You will be able to hear the service well from the standing and outside areas.


Adam asked for folk not to wear black, his life was full of colour and this celebration should be as well. The brighter the better.


Adam’s family have asked that those attending should not bring children.


If you wish to send flowers, please direct them to Barrels Funeral Directors, Lawnswood, 245 Fratton Road, PO1 5PA.

If you would like to make a donation to Adam’s chosen charities, PLANETS or the Teenage and Young Adult Unit at Southampton General Hospital, there will be a collection on the day.


There will be an invitation only (due to the expected numbers) party afterwards at Adam’s favourite venue, Portsmouth Rugby club.





North Allerton vs Honiton, Sunday 5th May, RFU Senior Vase Final

For those interested in the result of the final, Honiton won a pulsating match 29  –  27  having been trailing 22 -27 with 5 minutes left.   A converted try won them the match but they still had to play out the remaining couple of minutes.   8 bus loads of supporters travelled to Twickenham plus others by road and rail.  There was about 600 of their supporters present.  For North Allerton it was a case of second time unlucky.   At least we lost to the winning finalists!

Jim Dixon