Len Down has sadly passed away



Len Down has sadly passed away

It’s my sad duty to inform you of the passing of Len Down last weekend. 

Len Down has sadly passed away
Len Down has sadly passed away

Len was one of the ‘originals’ who, along with such as Mickey Buttle, Rog Evans, Emile Rouby, Ian Wilson and others, set up Ventnor Rugby Club fifty years ago. The club owes him a huge amount.

I was fortunate to play alongside Len for several seasons and he was undoubtedly the best player I ever took the field with. He had it all – pace, power, acceleration and a siege-gun boot, both in open play and from the tee. Within four years of VRFC’s existence, he’d already notched up a thousand points! 

He was a terrific captain who knew how to get the best out of his teammates and great company after the match and beyond. It was a privilege to count him as a friend.

You can read more about Len’s memories of playing rugby at Ventnor: Hazy Memories by Len Down

The club sends its condolences to Nora, James, Louise and the family.

Best Regards


Ventnor RFC
T: 07901 938 317

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