Category: Club News

A message of condolence from Glyn Davidson

Rob,

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

Neil

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

A message of condolence from Chris Heaton

If I recall the first thing I ever said to rob was “that’s hot” when he told me how tall he was. We instantly hit it off and became good friends within a short space of time. The first night out was an absolute blast upstairs in bar pop dancing to 80’s power ballads. it was so hot everyone had their shirts off and I remember grabbing his and running off with it which was a swift introduction for him to my mischievous side.

The inevitable morning apologies and Randomly bumping into him at Portland street traffic lights as he was walking to ‘the lass’ to meet some friends cemented our friendship.

We had lengthy discussions about his feelings and how he was finding himself and what he wanted to do with his life.

His belated birthday party at Charlie’s was one of my fondest memories as he felt more comfortable with us he really did share everything, literally everything! The night itself inevitably ended in Thompson arms with me and Ryan pretending we were his parents whilst introducing him to every girl that caught his eye. Ryan summed rob up perfectly with his introduction “he’s a great guy and you’d be lucky to have him”

I had his back and he had mine. He literally carried me out of Thompson arms and put me in a taxi making sure I got home same. An act of true friendship.

I’ll never forget our one and only road trip to an away game. Rob literally didn’t stop for breath the whole way their telling us about his tribulations: who knew that ordering contact lenses could cause so much drama? This appeared to be so gripping that Charlie missed the turn off extending the journey further which gave rob more time to continue his monologue.

The last time I saw him was at touch training where we always had such fun. Rob picked me up and promptly dropped me on my head… how we laughed 😂

I will miss walking to the pitch with him. I was the perfect height for my arm to go round his waist and his arm around my shoulders.

He was his own person and really was one of a kind.

Some direct quotes that rob had said about the Spartans:

“Rugby and community is great it’s a place where all us queer gays can be ourselves and it’s been great honestly”

“This is a community to welcome everyone”

“Like honestly was a blast like all of you are amazing”

“The village Spartans experience and tbf felt safe that’s how it should be queer people supporting each other”

You were and always will be Man of the match vs Didsbury 11.09.2021.

I will miss you x