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Dave Spivey

By Andrew Broadbent

The Club is sad to announce the passing of Old Wirralian Dave Spivey. We're grateful to Club VP Bill Jones for the following memories of Dave.

Dave Spivey was a Wirral Grammar Schoolboy during the 1940s. He joined the Old Wirralians when the club was at Hooton, having opened about 1955. Dave played for about five seasons before he moved for new employment in South Wales. This was a period when the club members were all younger than thirty! Having obtained a 15yr lease on the ground they had all spent enormous energies in renovation and preparing the playing area; we felt like brothers. In addition to the rugby a number of players were experienced Rock climbers and small groups would head out to N Wales after the games or on the Sunday. Additionally we had an eight on the river at Chester and the view was that if ever three oars were in the water at the same time we would be a sensation! Dave was a close member of this group.

After he moved away Dave married and raised a family, but maintained his association with the club through his earlier contacts. Dave didn't play at the memorial ground but he had a sister in this area and his visits would always extend to trips to the club to meet old friends and attending club lunches wherever possible. He always had an interesting tale to tell and consequently was invited to speak at the annual dinner, which I think was enjoyed by all.

Dave's widow Lilian wanted to ensure that Dave could be remembered to his contemporaries, or possibly those that played with him.

The funeral will be held at Hutcliffe Wood, Crematorium, Sheffield at 12.15 on 29 May.

The photograph sees Dave playing for Wirral standing 2nd from the right.

Updated 11:17 - 24 May 2019 by Graeme Phelan

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