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Rugby Club pays tribute to founding member Mark Knott

Mark Knott opening the new ground in April 2010.

Mark Knott opening the new ground in April 2010.

Westbury Rugby Club recently paid tribute to one of its founding members, Mark Knott, who died last month.

Mark Knott, who was a former PE teacher at Matravers School formed Westbury Rugby Club in the 1980s with fellow teacher John Whittock.

A spokesman from the club said, “We at Westbury Rugby Club would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Mark Knott, Mr Knott or Knotty, as you will, who sadly passed away recently.

“Mark Knott was one of two founding members of Westbury RFC; he and John Whittock, former teachers at Matravers School, were the inspiration and driving force behind the formation of the club in 1980. Off the field he helped in any way he could and served on the committee as secretary, later becoming our president. Mark always looked for the good in everyone who joined the club, and his booming Welsh voice shouted encouragement from the sidelines for many a season.

“His passion for the game and commitment to the club gave countless people a lifelong love for  rugby. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten. Rest in peace, Knotty.”

Mark Knott died on Wednesday 15th October and his funeral took place at West Wiltshire Crematorium on Friday 31st.