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| 05/02/2020

Bridgwater & Albion Dirtrackers of the last 40 years will have fond memories of Paul Woodford who has passed away recently aged 67.

Paul suddenly appeared at the Broadway Ground one day with a friend of his who already played for us and thus he was ensconced in the club and in particular in the Dirtrackers – the Athletic XV. All he wanted was a game of rugby football and to enjoy it and the afters which went with it. That he did to a considerable degree; his attitude and endeavour endeared him to his teammates and as a result they also had an enjoyable time. Paul played at the pit head – in the front row but lo and behold there was always a smile on his face no matter how hard or soft the going may have been – nothing really phased him and as a result he was a very popular member of the team. He played for the club for a span of around 10 years but always kept in touch. Once upon a time he lived at Cradle Hill on the outskirts of Enmore just up from the reservoir. His spirit and smile will linger long in the memories of his teammates. The club extends sincere condolences to Paul’s family. His funeral will be held at Sedgemoor Crematorium on Tuesday 11 February at 2 pm.

Bridgwater & Albion also sends its sincere condolences to the Taunton and Wellington Clubs following the recent death of John Cooling – a player and coach for both clubs. John together with his brother Keith who was a Bridgwater & Albion stalwart for a few seasons, was a fine player and man and later showed considerable coaching acumen. He also served Somerset County RFU as coach of the U18 XV and also on the Executive Committee. A sad loss to the game.


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