We are sad to report that one of the stalwarts of the club throughout the 70s and 80s, Alan Broadhurst, passed away in hospital on Tuesday 8 December, after a long illness. Broady joined the Park in 1972-73 season, made his debut for the 1st XV in February 1973 in a 21-0 win over Hertford, and was a regular in the squad for almost 20 years. Playing in the second row or at prop he brought his great strength and physical presence to the pack and played in the East Midlands Cup winning side in 1988. A powerful runner with a devastating one way sidestep, Broady on the rampage was a sight to behold.
Off the field he was an immensely popular larger than life character with a great sense of humour who was always great company in the clubhouse and on trips away, as anyone in Cornwall in September 1982 will testify! As imposing as his stature was on the field, he was a gentle giant off it and always encouraging to younger players. He also became involved with the mini and youth rugby when his son Carl became one of our first mini rugby intake in the 70s. After he retired from playing he became a Life Vice President and in later life retired to France, returning more recently when he became unwell. He will be greatly missed by all his many friends at the club and most of all, of course, by his family.
At this time our thoughts and condolences are with his wife Diane, children Sarah and Carl and his family.
Rest in peace Treasure!