Old Boy awarded OBE
We are proud to announce that Old Boy Richard Greenwood has been awarded the OBE for his services to national and international rugby. Speaking to the School about the award, Richard had this to say:
It is a source of great joy, pride and fulfilment that I have been recognised by this award.
Rugby has been my lifelong passion. It is a great team game, so I am above all a team player, and my debt is to all my team-mates who have supported me through the years. I dedicate this award to all of them, who have made it possible for me.
Merchant Taylors’ School, Crosby; Cambridge University, who helped launch my international career; my England team-mates in the late 1960s; most of all, my Lancashire pals from 1961 to 1971, who gave me such a wonderful platform; my colleagues at the Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby; and now the great team I am working with at Rhyl Rugby.
The best team of all is my family – the Greenwoods, the Maziaks, the Stewarts and the Bradford-Nutters – all of whom have given me wonderful support, encouragement, and occasionally a well-merited kick up the backside.
“Primus inter pares” is my daughter Emma, who took the initiative in putting me forward for this award. I offer a huge thank you to all those who have contributed to Emma’s application – an overwhelming tide of support, indeed.
Then there are the rugby clubs I have played for – Waterloo, Rome, Blackburn and Preston Grasshoppers – great places for a rugby bloke to have plied his trade, and now Rhyl, to put the icing on my rugby cake.
My warmest thanks and appreciation to all concerned.
Mr Greenwood is currently chairman for Rhyl RFC, and represented England both as a player and coach. His son Will also represented his country as a player, and posted the following message to social media:
Never Ever been prouder in my life.. My Dad, my bloody Dad, has been made an OBE – A truly selfless man that inspires me every single day pic.twitter.com/MtBMwfiQTE
— Will Greenwood (@WillGreenwood) June 16, 2017
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