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| 14/06/2018

Members of Bridgwater & Albion Rugby Football Club will have been saddened with the news that John Innalls had passed away peacefully on Sunday 10 June in his 78th year. John had been a long-time player, supporter and in recent years – a tireless worker for the club in many respects.

John – in company with his younger brother Tony – played in our Colts XV on the wing along side other Albion notables – Lionel Date and Geoff Paisey. Whilst John graduated into senior football, he was unable to maintain his playing career due to his work which was involved in farming. Indeed, such activities took him away to Wiltshire where as a farm manager he was involved in establishing some renowned herds of cattle. He maintained his link with agriculture throughout his working life, ending up as a sales area manager for Agricentre – a supplier of a considerable range of products to the farming industry generally. He continued to support Albion wherever possible and on his return to the area became more involved, particularly as his son Mark (Stick) became involved as a player before moving on to North Petherton to whom he gave equal stalwart service. In recent years, John has been an instrumental member of the club’s House Committee – ensuring in particular that maintenance and other works around the club are not overlooked. He is also a member of the Friends of Bridgwater & Albion and has assisted in staging many of their popular events. He will be sadly missed as a friend and supporter.

John is survived by his partner Cynthia and by son Mark and daughters Sue and Michelle. The club offers its sincere condolences to all of John’s family on this sad occasion.

John’s funeral will take place at St John’s Church, Bridgwater at 11 am on Friday 22 June. Both John and Tony sang in the choir at the church in their youth. Family cremation at Stretcholt follows with refreshments being provided at Bridgwater & Albion RFC.


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