Tributes paid after death of Bognor club president
Bognor RFC president Phil Mead has just died, just a week after England captain Owen Farrell took time out to give him a call.
Phil joined the club in 1968 and took over as chairman the following year before becoming president in 1987. Among his many proud achievements is the fact he set up the mini-rugby section in the mid-1970s and laid the foundations for its development into the successful entity it is today.
He was featured on the back page of the Bognor Observer on Thursday after Farrell made the surprise phone call to him.
Phil died early on Friday.
Bognor RFC's Doug Millen said: "It is with great sadness that I inform you Phil Mead, President of Bognor RFC has passed away this morning.
"Phil originally played his rugby at Lewes RFC and then came to Bognor, where he held many roles over many years, culminating in his club presidency.
"Phil also acted as a Twickenham Stadium guide and was heavily involved in the RFU's Museum of Rugby. Phil was a true gent, and someone determined to put everything back into a game he loved."