Allan Imrie – 1945 – 2020
It is with heavy heart that we report the sad passing of Allan, at home on Wednesday 29 January.
Allan had been fighting illness for several years. Our thoughts are with his sons, both former 1st team players, Steve and Mike and their families, at this time.
Allan was Chairman of the Club from 1994 to 2010 and in more recent years was the Club’s Chairman of Finance & Administration from 2012 to 2016.
Having joined the Club in the late 1970’s, following a move from Newcastle, where he had played professional football as a goal keeper. He joined as a mini parent and managed age groups with his sons from Under 8’s to Colts, finishing as the Colts (Under 19s) manager in the 1988/89 season.
From 1989, Allan became involved in the wider aspects of the Club, serving in successive years as a General Committee member, Festival Committee Chairman and then Commercial Chairman in 1992. In 1997 Allan was elected an Honorary Vice President, in recognition of his services to the Club at that time. He went on for many years following, serving the Club with a level of support and commitment shown by only a few. Notwithstanding family and work commitments that saw Allan travelling the globe, almost without fail, he would plan his flight times, so as to be back home and at the Club for the weekend.
Allan was at times a no nonsense Chairman who held strong values and who earned the respect of many who served with him over the years. Allan’s direction and support, played a massive part in the Club’s development, not only as a force at 1st XV level, as we worked our way through the London & South East leagues, but also with the introduction of Women’s rugby in 1994 and a Girls section in 2000.
Allan’s business experience also played a significant part in supporting and helping steer the Club’s Commercial performance and our first Commercial manager Mike Perring, in the year Allan first became Chairman in 1994. The Club is indebted to Allan for his support over many years to our Commercial team and helping generate the income streams that moved us on from a Club reliant on its members for every aspect of Club life.
Allan has, without doubt had a massive impact during his time at Worthing RFC. He will be missed. .
We will provide details of funeral arrangements once known, although confirm that we will be holding a minutes silence in memory of Allan, prior to Saturdays Raiders game on 01/02.