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Congratulations John!

Below are details of two awards recently given to John Howells for his contribution to local sport, both on and off the pitch, over the last 50 years.

John has held numerous key positions at Stockwood Park RFC at various stages during that time. President. Chairman. Secretary, Treasurer (for 25 years) and 1st xv Captain.  He was a fine rugby player having played for Llanelli and London Welsh before coming to teach in Luton. It is fitting that his huge contribution to Stockwood Park RFC should be recognised by the Rugby Football Union.

  1. Presented to him by The Rugby Football Union.

RFU President’s Value the Volunteer Outstanding Contribution Award.     This award has been for some time the major honour of the RFU Volunteer Recognition and Reward Programme. The RFU President invites an outstanding volunteer, who has been nominated by their Constituent Body (in our case The East Midlands RU) to a 6 Nations Match at Twickenham at which they and their guest are hosted by the RFU. John and his guest will be going to the England v France game in February 2019.

  1. BBC Three Counties Radio People Awards.

John also recently received a Bronze award at The BBC Three Counties Radio People Awards Ceremony in front of 400 people at The Grove Theatre Dunstable. This was for his voluntary contribution to local Sport which included Rugby at Stockwood Park RFC and Cricket at Luton Town and Indians CC.

John’s contributions to Stockwood Park RFC are shown above.

For Luton Town and Indians Cricket Club John again held all the key Committee positions at various times including President. Chairman. Secretary. Treasurer and Fixture Secretary. He was a key official in the merger of Luton Town CC and Luton Indians CC.

He was also a Committee Member for Bedfordshire County Cricket Club, holding the position of team Secretary / Manager for several years.

Stockwood U16’s show unbelievable sportsmanship

Hemel Camelot u16’s v. Stockwood Park u16’s
Match abandoned
Match report by Robert Coupland
Today our opposition was Camelot U16s at Hemel Hempstead. We have previously had a couple of dubious games against them, where it was questionable whether they were playing rugby or thuggery . Well today the answer was quiet clearly the latter.
Stockwood played the best rugby for the first ten minutes culminating in a great kick by Kieran which was finished off by Anset to score the first try.
Then the game took an unpleasant course when one of the Camelot players hit Max, our fullback high across the head, surprisingly Max did not go down but even more surprisingly was the Hemel boy came back for a second go. The referee had no option but to give him a yellow card. From this point on Rugby was the looser, Hemel spoiled every ruck coming in from offside – unpenalised, stamping and blatantly punching and kicking the Stockwood players.
Raf took a knock to the face as a Hemel player leapt illegally into the tackle. It was obvious at this point Hemel had not come to play rugby but basically spoil any play through what I can only call thuggery which was encouraged by the non action of the home ref. Joe Ladley was stamped on several times and kicked in the head along with many others including Mark Smith receiving a fist in the face as an excuse for a handoff.
Our boys were more than a physical match for the opposition and behaved impeccably under strained circumstances. The game was finally abandoned when due to the home referee failing to protect the players from dangerous play our coach Lewis took the players off the pitch which was a decision unanimously supported by all playing and watching.