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Esher remembers Brian West


Brian West - September 1932 - December 2017


By Richard West (Brian's son and former Esher player)


You may not be aware but my Dad had a strong association with Esher dating back over 65 years




He played hooker for the club, not sure for which team, in about 1950 or 1951 until at the end of the season he joined the RAF for his National Service. He then played rugby for the RAF and finally for Streatham (now Streatham - Croydon). It was at Streatham that he was first introduced to his wife, my Mum!!




He use to live in the same road in Motspur Park as his friend Tony Till and it was Tony that encouraged my Dad to play for Esher. Tony as you well know was associated with Esher for many many years




I believe at a similar time Mike Goodall’s father played for the club and my Dad certainly remembers him. Mike and I were at Hurstpierpoint College and also played played together for Esher many times




My Dad then lost contact with the club but Andy Auge then persuaded me to play for Esher in 1985 and my Dad followed and supported me from the touch line. In my last year in the under 21’s my Dad managed the side, with Derek Trethewy as coach and yours truly as captain!




After my playing days were over my Dad supported Esher 1st XV with his friend Tim Lowery who passed away a year or so ago




Esher RFC and rugby generally has had a very important influence on my Dad's life and clearly mine as well




He will be very sadly missed by all his family and friends and I will now need to find someone else to discuss the intricacies of this great game with!


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