A tribute, a thank you and an all the best to Stuart from all at HRUFC

On 16th November our general manager Stuart Leach will be leaving us for pastures new. He will be missed!

Stuart has been with us for 8 and a half years. He joined us from the Canalside complex where Huddersfield Town train and where he worked as Operations Manager. In his time with us his contribution to the club has been immense. Working closely with our voluntary club management team his flair, professionalism and managerial acumen has helped develop the club as a business entity and delivered a period of real progression.

It has not just been Stuart’s professional skills that have made him such a valued team member. He has willingly and productively undertaken work on behalf of the club which is outside his contractual remit. He has been the ultimate ‘go to’ and ‘can do’ man and the work he has done above and beyond, which members perhaps don’t see, has brought huge benefits to the smooth and seamless running of the club. A club man through and through.

Moreover, Stuart has undertaken his work with cheerful good humour. A man with tremendous character and an engaging personality he has endeared himself to all he has worked with. Throughout the stresses and strains of working life at HRUFC he has ‘carried on’ and got things done, always dealing with folk in a most genial and positive way.

He played wing three-quarter for the A-Team. Alas a recurring injury brought a premature end to his career and scuppered his chances of going on to play for England. His match day contributions however continued off the field. Setting up the PA system, filming the games and rushing around doing no end of other unseen but vital tasks. ‘Have you seen Stuart?’ The most commonly asked question on Saturdays as one after another sought him out to do some troubleshooting, which he invariably managed to sort out.

Stuart is a ‘good ‘un’, a top man. He WILL be missed.

I know I speak for all at Huddersfield RUFC in saying thank you to Stuart for his amazing work here and in wishing him all the best in his new role. On behalf of all the club we wish you, Vicky and the family success and happiness in the future and we look forward to seeing you down here again socially.

Written by Richard Sykes.

PS….There is a rumour going round that Stuart is thinking of getting his boots out again!

 

 

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