Oswestry Eagles ground re-named in memory of founder


Robert Doman

OSWESTRY Rugby Club has announced the new name of its Park Hall ground in recognition of its founder member, Granville Morgan.

Granville Park was unveiled to the public ahead of Oswestry Eagles recent win over Oldershaw, which included a players and guests dinner prior to the match.

The Eagles played their part by defeating the opposition 29-0 to launch the new chapter in the club's history and club member John Davies said: "Granville was a good athlete and a good rugby player who was the leading light in the formation of this rugby club.
“He was one of our first coaches and he also instigated mini rugby at Gatacre, which was the beginning of youth rugby in Oswestry.”

A teacher at Rhyn Park School, Granville Morgan organised rugby matches at the school before attempting to resurrect the Oswestry Rugby Club in the early 1970s after it had diminished during the Second World War.

As such, many of the players that formed the backbone of the club in its early years were former pupils of the school and along with Tony Naylor, then manager of the Wynnstay Hotel, which acted as the club's unofficial clubhouse, the pair worked to rejuvenate the Eagles as we know them today.

Players were to benefit from the superb facilities left behind from the junior leaders stationed at Park Hall having previously played their matches on the council-owned Gatacre playing fields.

“Members managed to get the finances together to buy the current clubhouse and the ground from the Ministry of Defence,” John continued.
“Granville was instrumental in the move to Park Hall, including organising the improvement and renovation of the clubhouse which had previously been the Officers’ Mess.
“His influence runs right through the club,” he added.

Oswestry Rugby Club chairman Steve Charmley said: “I think this is a fitting tribute to Granville for his efforts here.
“The name change was agreed with club members some time ago, so it is nice to see it come to fruition.”

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