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Ian Gilchrist takes over from John Coles as Newark Rugby Club president




Ian Gilchrist has been named as Newark Rugby Club’s new president for the upcoming season.

Gilchrist, the long-serving first team manager, takes over from John Coles who stands down after two years in the position.

new President Ian Gilchrist alongside chairman Andrew Fearn and new vice-president Chris Tate. (40822429)
new President Ian Gilchrist alongside chairman Andrew Fearn and new vice-president Chris Tate. (40822429)

The election of a new president was part of the club’s 102nd annual meeting, held in the Kelham Road clubhouse under social distancing regulations.

Gilchrist started his rugby career at Bingham Rugby Club, before joining Newark more than 20 years ago to help the mini and youth section where his son played.

He graduated to first team duties nine years ago, replacing Billy Barker.

Club chairman Andrew Fearn after presenting club ties to the first Player Pathway recipients – Toby Taylor (left) and Ronan Matts (40822427)
Club chairman Andrew Fearn after presenting club ties to the first Player Pathway recipients – Toby Taylor (left) and Ronan Matts (40822427)

Chairman Andrew Fearn, who was re-elected, paid tribute to Coles’ contribution in helping to steer the club through the rebuilding of the clubhouse.

David Duddles was elected vice-chairman following the decision of Richard Derry to stand down after serving two years as vice-chairman.

A new face on the board is David Pick. Chris Tate and player Simon Wing were elected as vice-presidents.

A new award to celebrate the club’s centenary season was created to recognise players who had progressed from mini-rugby section to seniors. The first recipients were Toby Taylor and Ronan Matts.



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