It is with great sadness that the club has learned of the death of former first team captain Roger Clarke. He died peacefully at home after a period of illness. Roger was a high-class centre who played five seasons for Leicester Tigers before qualifying as a chartered accountant and moving to Canterbury. He skippered the successful first team in the 1969/70 season winning 23 out of 39 games. In modern terms, Roger was not the biggest player but his talents and hard tackling made him a formidable opponent. He continued to play for the club until 1979 and then became a regular supporter. Roger was educated at Wyggeston School in Leicestershire and was an all-round sportsman who played cricket for St Lawrence & Highland Court club where he was as tough a competitor as he was on the rugby field. All this, however, was done with a cheerful smile. In his business life, he was highly respected and held a senior position in the accountancy world. Our thoughts and condolences go to Roger’s family – he will be missed in the local community.
Click to view larger image – 1969 1st XV 6th December 1969 Maidstone