Last night at the Winchester Holiday Inn, John Robinson, known to all as JR, was presented with the Service to Sport Award, the most prestigious of the annual awards made by Winchester District Sport and Physical Activity Alliance.
The Alliance is a partnership consisting of Winchester City Council, Sparsholt College, the University of Winchester , Energise Me and PPF Leisure.
JR took on the voluntary job of groundsman when the club moved to North Walls Park in 1972, when he was playing on the wing for the first team. It had been a landfill site until less than a year before, so it was no small challenge. Over 45 years later, and fast approaching 75, he can still be seen buzzing to and fro on his tractor, filling potholes, hacking at nettles, and doing many other jobs without which we wouldn't be able to play rugby, almost every week of the year.
It's an over-used word, but in JR's case it's an accurate one: he's a legend.
In the picture above, taken by Chairman Steve Barrow, who represented the club at the awards ceremony, JR is seen with David McLean, Mayor of Winchester, and a representative of PPF Leisure, sponsors of the event.
Steve asks all members to raise a glass to JR.
Updated 14:06 - 2 Feb 2018 by Tim Fell