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.