Guildford Rugby Football Club
Guildford Rugby Football Club


It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Dr Des Carroll

Des was a former President of Guildford & Godalming RFC, one of the parent Clubs of Guildford RFC from 1995-2000, although Des’ contribution to rugby at Broadwater and in Surrey goes far beyond the positions he has held over the past 40 years. A former centre for Leinster, Des was one of the founders of youth rugby at Broadwater where his son Adrian learned his craft before going  on to play a number of games for the 1st XV. Des has always been a quiet, humble servant of the Club and a fan of the game, more comfortable asking how he can help than seeking recognition for his actions. Indeed, many of the hundreds of players whose lives he has touched over the years had no idea of the support he had provided. 

Over the years, Dr Des has been a fixture on the touchline and in the pre-match lunches, pint of Guinness in hand and ready with a quiet word of advice for players that needed it. At a time when our game is discussing inclusivity, acceptance and mental health issues and trying to figure out its place in the modern world, it it’s worth remembering the values that Des taught us. Our thoughts are with his wife Judy and family at this time. 

The funeral is on Friday 17th May with a family service being held at the Church in Bramley.  Club members are welcome to attend but please be aware that parking is limited.

His family have asked that we remember Des by joining them at the Rugby Club from 12.30pm onwards to raise a pint of Guinness in his name. Please do come along to remember the father of our Club and pay your respects to Judy, Adrian and the rest of the Carroll family, wearing bright colour and Club blazers.

Please do not send flowers to the church.  All donations would be welcome to the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice c/o J. Gorringe & Son Funeral Directors, Farncombe.

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