I’m sure we speak for everybody connected to Pontypool RFC when we say the passing of Ray Prosser is a truly devastating loss to both the club and wider community.
Ray turned Pontypool RFC into an institution that was both feared and respected in equal measure. He transformed Pooler into a world renowned brand and did so whilst staying true to his values the entire time. The outpouring of tributes expressed over the last twenty-four hours demonstrates just how highly regarded Ray was - both as a coach and a person.
When we say it is an honour to represent Pontypool RFC, it is because of what Ray created. So many clubs have their moment in time, but very few etch themselves into a place in history. Even fewer create a legacy that is felt just as passionately by its supporters today as it was several decades ago.
It is that reputation that has carried us forward to this present day. Our whole ethos as a club is still centred around celebrating and embracing what Pooler became known for under Ray; being tough and uncompromising, but doing it with total honesty and maximum commitment to both each other and the badge.
When opposing teams visit Pontypool Park, they know they are in for a tough afternoon. But what has always been apparent to us since day one, is the sheer respect fellow clubs display towards Pontypool RFC and its standing in Welsh rugby folklore.
The history, the tradition, all the key moments in time. Fellow clubs often leave Pontypool feeling honoured to have played on the hallowed turf of Pontypool Park. In turn, the experience creates a lasting memory for their club that will be proudly discussed in their clubhouse for years to come.
It is this continued celebration of our proud history that will always ensure that Ray Prosser’s legacy will never be overlooked, never be forgotten.
Everybody at Pontypool RFC owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Ray Prosser and in the days ahead, we will pay a series of tributes to Ray and his legacy.
As current custodians of the club, you have our absolute assurance that Ray’s contribution will be celebrated for years to come and his ethos will remain at the forefront of everything we do.
Our thoughts continue to be with Ray’s family during this exceptionally sad time.
Peter and Ben Jeffreys.