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Rugby Writers Special Award for Michael Harrison

January 11th, 2018

On Monday night, at the Marriott Hotel in London’s Grosvenor Square, a star-studded audience of rugby people gave Michael Harrison a standing ovation as he was presented with a tankard by the Rugby Union Writers’ Club for his outstanding contribution to the game. Michael’s achievements and contribution are greatly cherished here at Wharfedale and it is fitting that he should be recognised on such a stage. The citation for the award read: _

“A true one-club man who started out playing in 1962 at the age of just 16, Michael went onto become the captain of Wharfedale RFC for eight out of his 22 seasons in which he played an incredible 665 1st XV games.

He became head coach in 1983 up to 2006, during which the club gained four league promotions and ended up in Level 3. For his sins, he’s been the fixtures secretary for nearly 40 years. Committed to breeding the next generation of players, his family links with the club extend to his father, three uncles, brother, two sons, four nephews and two great-nephews…so far!”

As we know, this barely scratches the surface of Michael’s contribution and we extend our warmest congratulations to him on this award. The photograph (from Getty Images), shows Michael on stage with Schalk Brits (Saracens), Tony Rowe (Exeter Chiefs) and Rob Howley (Wales RU).

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