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Legendary Pontypool RFC volunteer, Pat Shepphard, passes away

Wednesday 30th September 2020

It is with immense shock and sadness that Pontypool RFC today announces the passing of legendary club volunteer and supporter, Pat Shepphard.

Pat was a hugely respected member of the team at Pontypool RFC and the pride she placed in her work at the club will be truly irreplaceable.

On any given match day at Pontypool Park, Pat would be the first to arrive and the last to leave. Everything she did, she did with a smile. Nothing was ever too much trouble and she always went above and beyond to make sure everyone received a warm welcome at our rugby home.

Pat’s commitment to the club also went well beyond match days. Throughout the week, she could be found at Pontypool Park, working hard to keep the ground in immaculate condition ahead of the next training session of fixture. She always made sure everything looked its best.

Those closest to Pat will know that she took particular pride in one part of Pontypool Park, that being the fabled steps that some of the most legendary figures in Welsh rugby history have climbed before entering the field of play.

After almost every training session and match, Pat could be found with a paintbrush in hand, painstakingly painting each step red, white and black. Over time, they affectionately became known as “Pat’s Steps”.

To honour Pat’s legacy, Pontypool RFC will formally name those very steps “Pat’s Steps” and the club will install a memorial plaque as a lasting tribute to a much-loved member of our team.

Thank you for everything, Pat. You will be sorely missed by us all.

Our thoughts are with Pat’s family and friends during this very sad time.


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