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knightandday View Drop Down
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    Posted: 30 May 2007 at 19:09

Taken from Doncaster's website:





Dear Friends & Foes!


At around 2pm on Friday 25th May 2007 I closed the door to my office for the last time thus officially ending my tenure as DOR at Doncaster Knights RFC. Behind me I left some fantastic memories and I will never forget my ‘brief encounter’ at Castle Park. It was an emotional day as I bid my farewells to everyone – people who, behind the scenes, were so instrumental in a successful season. I will forever value their help and more important their friendship.  


As I locked my door Steve Lloyd walked in through the club’s front entrance. It was impeccable timing by Steve and literally a case of “one door closing and another one opening” - for both of us! That’s how we both must now view this latest episode in the club’s long and successful history. 


To you, the supporters, thank you so much for the way you have got behind the team at every destination. If my decision to leave half way through my contract has disappointed you then I understand but this was an opportunity that, after a great deal of thought, I felt I had to pursue. When the dust has finally settled I hope you will see it from my point of view?


To the players, you have been a pleasure to coach and it has been an honour to be associated with you. Your attitude, work ethic and play have been exemplary throughout a marathon season that lasted 47 weeks (when you include pre season training). Overall, 30 wins 1 draw and 8 losses isn’t a bad return from all 1st XV matches played during 2006/2007! It was so fitting that the season finished in some style by winning the Yorkshire Cup at York – something to show for the season’s efforts.


All that remains now is to wish everyone at the club the best of luck for the future. The challenges will soon arrive thick and fast but the dream of Premiership rugby at Doncaster Knights is in good hands and still very much alive.


Pob Hwyl,


I for one wish Griff good luck, I wonder if everyone at Doncaster will be so generous?

Edited by knightandday - 30 May 2007 at 21:04
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 May 2007 at 19:19
I would like to wish him all the best in his new appointment, and Griff, 'If you find it too much for you down there, I would welcome you back in a second.'

I would never have believed that this last year could have been so close for so many teams and for us to end up 3rd is an achievement I must proudly place on Griff's shoulders.   OK the players did their bit but at the end of the day I must believe that his guidance and leadership was the driving force.

I have seen several players giving their all during the year and to them I ask, "PLEASE, Do it again this season and show Griff you CAN get up into the Prem."

Well done everyone, including the supporters and management staff, after all it has been a TEAM effort.

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