Our Dear Friend and former Player Howard ‘H’ Meredith sadly passed away on Sunday the 12th of January 2020, with his loved ones by his side.
The BIG Man made 176 appearances for the OR’s, scoring 6 goals. Howard was the 1st XI Players Player of the Year in 1995/96, and also the Clubman of the Year in 2001/02.
H had incredibly skilful feet for a big man and he was a stylish & accomplished centre half, truly sublime on the ball. Realistically, he should have been playing at a higher level. However, we were fortunate that he loved playing at the Old Ruts with his mates instead.
H went on to manage the 1st XI for 2 Seasons once his playing days had ended. He was renowned for his very tongue in cheek post-match quotes to the Press Officer, many of which were hilarious, which epitomised his acutely dry and very sharp wit.
H was at his brilliant best speaking English in a totally awesome Dutch accent! It was effing superb and side-splittingly funny, it certainly tickled all of the lads on numerous occasions.
Our deepest thoughts and sincere condolences are with all of Howard’s family and friends at this incredibly sad and difficult time. Rest in Peace and free from pain mate. God Bless You.
Howard’s Funeral is at the North East Surrey Crematorium, Garth Road, Morden at 1.20pm on Tuesday the 4th February. His family invite his many friends to attend the Service and the Wake afterwards, which will be held at the Old Rutlishians Clubhouse, Poplar Road, Merton Park, London, SW19 3JS.
The 1st XI are at Home to Wandgas FC in the Surrey Cup. Venue: Poplar Rd. Kick Off is at 1.30pm.
The 2nd, 3rd and 4th XI Matches have all been postponed.
Best wishes to all of the Ruts Sports teams this weekend.
Pleasingly, the Ruts finally secured their first clean sweep of the Season, as the teams secured a trio of 2 – 1 wins.
The 1st XI beat Staines Lammas FC 2 – 1 thanks to goals from Graham Rolfe and Zak Graham. More details to follow.
The 2nd XI beat Parkside FC 2 – 1 in the League Cup, Joint Manager Jon Mapp reported that Joe Baker put the Ruts ahead following a decent team move immediately after the break. Toby Lempriere then doubled the Ruts lead with a headed goal, before the hosts reduced the deficit with the last kick of the match. In his post match summary, Jon Mapp quoted ‘the 2s won a feisty encounter which threatened to boil over. However, the Ruts kept their heads throughout the game, which proved decisive. Kyle Moore was our MOTM’
The 3rd XI also won 2 – 1 at Reigate Priory Res FC. Stand in Manager Paul Gough scored one of the goals, with Jamie Ayres notching the other.
The 4th XI did not have a Fixture this week.
Best wishes to the Junior teams tomorrow.
UPDATED – Change to 2nd XI KO time, now 1.30pm
The 1st XI are at Home to Staines Lammas FC. Venue: Croydon Athletic Stadium. Kick Off is at 3.00pm
The 2nd XI are Away to Parkside FC in the League Cup. Venue: Wimbledon Common Extensions. Kick Off is at 1.30pm
The 3rd XI are Away to Reigate Priory Res FC. Venue: Reigate Priory Cricket Ground, Park Lane, Reigate RH2 8JX. Kick Off is at 2.00pm
The 4th XI do not have a Fixture this week.
Best wishes to all of the Ruts teams this weekend.
The 1st XI secured a credible and most welcome 3 – 0 Win at Merrow FC today, thanks to an instant 12 second goal from Chris Beard, which was followed by a Jimmy Graham brace.
The 2nd XI were ‘called off’ in debatable late form by their opposition, unfortunately we were informed very late of this avoidable postponement and consequently we offered the option of the match taking place at Poplar Road. Alas, to no prevail.
The 3rd XI went down 2 – 1 at Rosehill Athletic FC.Whitto notched the OR’s consolation in a game the lads could have won based on the chances they had – hey ho.
The 4th XI’s game was called off as unfortunately their Opposition have folded.
Best wishes to the Ruts Junior teams tomorrow.
We somehow commence the New Year with 4 away fixtures!
The 1st XI are Away to Merrow FC. Venue: The Urnfield, Downside Rd, Guildford, GU4 8PH. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.
The 2nd XI are Away to Epsom & Ewell Colts FC. Venue: Court Rec Grond, Pound Lane, Epsom, KT19 8SB. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.
The 3rd XI are Away to Rosehill Athletic FC. Venue: Cheam Sports Club, Peaches Close, Cheam, SM2 7BJ. Kick Off is at 1.30pm.
The 4th XI are Away to Melfort FC in the Junior League Shield. Venue: Prince Georges Playing Fields, Grand Drive, Raynes Park, SW20 9DY. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.
Best wishes to all of the Ruts teams and a Happy New Year!