20 September 2020 / Club News

Matthew "Matty" John

There was an emotional gathering at Parc y Dwrlyn last Friday as friends , neighbours ,work colleagues and former team-mates came together to say farewell to a much loved and greatly admired former captain of Clwb Rygbi Pentyrch Rugby Club - Mathew " Matty " John who tragically passed away recently at just 37 years of age after a short battle against a cruel cancer . Because of the restrictions in RCT it wasn't possible for club members to go to line the street on the approach to Glyntâf crematorium as was originally planned , but so many wanted to pay their last respects that they turned up at the club to solemnly walk around the first team pitch and then surround a chair in the middle of the field where Matty's number 12 shirt sat proudly to observe a minute's silence in his memory followed by spontaneous applause and quite a few tears . It was a poignant moment Afterwards many entered the clubhouse to watch a live stream of the funeral service from Glyntâf - a service that encaptured the hugely popular personality of a special person who will be greatly missed by all - but most of all of course his young family who are foremost in our thoughts and prayers at such a terribly sad time.

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