27 January 2016 / Club News

Stuart Green - A Falcons Legend and Good Friend to All.

The club and village as a whole are devastated with the recent news of the sad passing of club stalwart Stuart Green. All in the club would like to send their deepest condolences to Diane, Ian, David, the close and extended family and his many many friends at this very sad time.

A Falcons Legend and Good Friend to All – Stuart Green.

Stuart’s first connection with Abertysswg RFC (as it was then) was playing for the newly formed youth side, at the tender age of 15 and 16 (not allowed nowadays). Even from the early days it was clear that Stuart, despite being in the most physically challenging positions of Hooker and Prop was overall a gentleman, who loved the sport and comradery it brought on and off the field. Stuart, like so many village boys, then had a period up with Local club Rhymney, where we know that he was also well respected. Then as the Abertysswg Senior side developed (some years after the disbandment of the youth, Stuart became a core member of a squad that could boast two sides week in week out and during this period the club rose from Division 6 to Division 1 in consecutive years. It was also during this period that Stuart won many of his Gwent Districts caps, where he was greatly respected through a number of seasons.

Whilst continuing to play Stuart started coaching the Junior sides at the club with his Brother in law and good friend Glen Davies and the two of them were almost joined at the hip ! They moved up with the age group they had nurtured year on year through to youth and then onto the senior game, and what a talented crop of players they developed, who have served the senior side well ever since. Sadly Glen tragically passed away 3 years ago and his loss is still felt throughout the club and community.

One of the talented crop of youngsters was Stuart’s oldest son Ian, who in his own right has become somewhat of a Falcons legend himself, despite being one of the unluckiest players to pick up injuries, he continued to play and is even today thinking about “another” comeback ! There have been a lot of father / son partnerships taking the field for Abertysswg and this is surely one of the most respected pairs to have achieved that accolade. Stuart also took on the role of Senior coach and also Team Manager for Abertysswg Falcons, so an Abertysswg rugby man through and through!

Off the field Stuart has had a great life with his wife Diane and their two sons Ian and David , and with an increasing number of grandchildren, he will be deeply mourned by his family and his Rugby Family !

Simply put, wherever many of us have travelled and highlighted we hail from Abertysswg, it would almost always prompt the reply of ‘you must know Stuart Green, what a lovely bloke’.

A massive man of the rugby club, a huge part of the village, a player, a coach, an ambassador, a clubman, a stalwart and to so many people a real friend who we are all better people for knowing. We all have many fond memories of time spent with Stuart. As the many social media messages testify, Stuart was a bloke known, liked and loved by so many and I know everyone associated with the club and the village are proud to say he was a fellow Falcon.

Staurt will be sorely missed but never forgotten in Abertysswg RFC.

Rest In Peace Stuart – God Bless.

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