RICHARD ‘MOGGSY’ MORGAN
It is with great sadness that Cinderford Rugby Football Club report the death of well known former player and committee man Richard ‘Moggsy’ Morgan, who has passed away at the age of seventy after a long illness – borne with dignity. Moggsy, as he was universally known, was educated at Cinderford’s Bilson School, Double View School and East Dean Grammar School. He served an apprenticeship at Fielding & Platt Engineering in Gloucester and then worked as a manager at Rank Xerox in Mitcheldean.
Moggsy’s father, Harold, was well known character in the area working as a maintenance man in the Forest’s schools and as a long serving committee man at Cinderford Town FC. However Moggsy’s sporting preference was for the oval-ball game which was perhaps better suited to his burgeoning frame. Nevertheless he did claim to have once played football as a teenager for Popes Hill AFC.
After playing rugby at school he played for Cinderford Colts and then as a second -row forward with Gordon League in Gloucester where he met his future wife Andrea. He returned to the Dockham Road club and then had a spell with Drybrook RFC before again returning to play for Cinderford where he notched-up 273 appearances for the 1st XV.
A natural raconteur and instantly recognisable he was a well known and popular figure in Rugby Clubs around Gloucestershire and later, as Cinderford progressed into the National Leagues, around the country.
An enthusiastic golfer Moggsy was a member of The Forest of Dean Golf Club and a founder member of Cinderford Rugby Club Golf Society ‘CADIG’
He is survived by his wife Andrea, daughter Michelle, son Mark, their spouses and four granddaughters.