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Spartans Stars in Their Eyes Raise Dazzling £2k+ for Charity

There certainly seemed no better way to kickstart a busy Bank Holiday weekend for the Spartans than by popping down to Bar Pop to watch seven stunning Spartans transform themselves into drag superstars for the night, marking the return of our Big Easter Bash, the first since Covid restrictions were lifted and our last “Disney Gone Bad” show back in 2019.

The bash was back with avengeance – with our rugged players generously giving their time to rehearse, shave their beards (amongst other areas) and perform their favourite diva anthems to raise money towards ‘Mermaids’ and the MCR Ukraine Welcome Fund infront of a packed crowd at Bar Pop on Canal Street.

The acts: George Matthew (as Veronica Sawyer from the Heathers musical), Archie Taylor (as Sandy from Grease), Charlie Derbyshire (as Celine Dion), Christian John (as Cheryl Cole), Gazz Pashley (as Christina Aguilera), George Harvey (as Rupaul) and Rory Leventhorpe (as Rihanna), wowed the packed out bar with a star studded performance with incredible choreography and make up thanks to the wonderful Rosie Elizabeth and the Barpop Show Team. And of course we have to mention the sensational host and Barpop owner Mr John Hamilton as the queen of Canal Street – Viva La Diva.

Not only did we have 7 delightful divas perform like pros on stage – but an additional 7 gorgeous players kindly offered themselves to the highest bidder for a date of their choice. Thanks to this, and many kind donations from the attendees and supporters of the club, the event raised over a dazzling £2,500!

A special thank you to everyone who was involved in the show production and to everyone who came to watch!  Everyone at the Spartans are so grateful for your generosity, love and kindness along with all your positive comments and pictures from the night.

Our massive Thursday was just the start of a very special weekend for the club.

Once everyone had recovered over what was a pretty fragile Friday, Saturday not only saw our Chair and 1XV Captain (Gareth and Simon) tie the knot at their beautiful marriage and wedding reception in Manchester, but we also sent a strong contingent of Touch players to represent the club at the first IGR UK Touch Tournament at the IGR UK League North Finals Day, hosted by preston-based IGR club, Typhoons of Lancashire.

With George H kindly stepping up as Captain for the Spartans, he led the team to win all 6 matches and win this inaugural IGR Touch Tournament (and the second Touch tournament we’ve won recently).

Hull Roundhead’s squad conceeded their tournament match due to only having 4 players available, but instead of leaving their players without a game, we played a friendly against them with Gazz, David, Levi and Tom from the Spartans swapping shirts to play for Hull.

David and Callum also played for the Ravens for one match and George and Gazz played for Tritons.  This is the epitome of the Spartans’ spirit and is just as important as winning the tournament.

So, all in all, after a busy BH, we’re proud that the Spartans spirit was on show throughout this beautiful weekend in Spring.  Generousity. Sportsmanship. Love. Laughter.

If you’d like to donate to Mermaids and the MCR Ukraine Welcome Fund you can visit

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Photos will be posted online soon.

A message of condolence from Glyn Davidson


You always knew how to put a smile on my face. I’ll miss confusing you with my Northern Irish accent and you correcting my very bad Spanish. You really were one of a kind. Until we meet again. ❤️ Glyn x

A message of condolence from Joshua Sanderson – Kirk

Rob came to the club with such enthusiasm and energy he was impossible not to notice. He brought that energy on to the pitch and matched it with skill and passion for the sport, reflected in him being made Man of the Match in his first game for us.

Your loss is keenly felt by the club, I’m glad he found a home here and he enjoyed his limited time with us so much.

Your family are in my thoughts and prayers. He will be remembered always by his Spartan family. May he rest in peace.

Joshua Sanderson – Kirk

A message of condolence from Neil Gallagher

I’ve wondered what to write here for quite a while now and I’ve been reading some of the wonderful tributes from your friends below.

I’m not sure how much I can add to the beautiful things that have been said, but I will say this. Your enthusiasm for people was infectious. You showed a genuine interest in people, and I think that’s why they were drawn to you.

I know you were just starting out as a personal trainer but I have no doubt you’d have been a success because you cared about people, and that’s a rare thing.

My heart goes out to all your loved ones in this difficult time, and I hope that they can find some comfort in how much of a positive impact you had on the people around you.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anam dílis


A message of condolence from James Griffiths

I’m so sad Rob. I will miss you, you were lovely and a kind soul and so cute and had an amazing smile and a contagious warmth! Thank you so much for your friendship, checking how I was doing recently when I had covid, chatting about rugby, fitness, life and Doctor Who 🙂 I will miss you, I’m so sorry you’re gone and I will carry the short time I knew you with me my love! XXX

Thinking of Robs Family I’m sure you all know how much we thought of him and please know he will always be our Brother in Rugby XXX

Love Griff x

A message of condolence from John Adams

It’s took me a long time to find the words to say to you and I still can’t understand why you where taken away so soon

We both joined the Spartans around the same time, you was very good at making a first impression, all it took was smile and your curious nature for me to realise you was a genuine top lad.

You asked a lot of questions, I mean a lot! And you could talk for England but it didn’t matter, everyone could see that you didn’t have one bad bone in your body, you truly where a beautiful soul.

I’m just sorry we didn’t get more time together but wherever you are now I know your making it that little bit brighter.

I miss you brother and your hugs, they where the best.

Love John

A message of condolence from alessandra lewis

I am extremely shocked and saddened by this news. Rob was a caring person and a delight to teach. His smile was extremely warming and he always spoke kindly of others. I’m very sorry that you and your family are having to go through this and i am sending huge welsh cwtches to you all. May his memory live on within us all – Jenny, Coleg Menai

My deepest condolences to the family and the team- Rachel Taylor WRU course leader

A message of condolence from alessandra lewis

I was saddened and shocked to hear of Roberts death. He was an unforgettable character with a big personality to match his physical presence. Hi warm smile, ready wit and generous nature cheered up many a cold outdoor session and will stay with me forever. He had an adventurous, headstrong and carefree nature which made for some interesting outdoor sessions. He always gave them his all and he had a talent and enthusiasm for the outdoors. On occasions his shoulder would cause him problems. I always admired how well he coped with these episodes. He was a lovely lad who will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family – Steve Mackay, Coleg Menai