Rugby match in memory of popular coach

A special rugby match took place at Arbroath Sports Centre’s playing fields at the weekend in memory of local man Lee Starkey.

By
Mark Dowie
Monday, 14th February 2022, 3:00pm
Rugby match in memory of popular coach

The Angus side was a combination of players from Arbroath and Montrose Rugby Clubs who took on Crieff rugby team.

Prior to kick-off, a two-minute silence was observed for former Royal Marine and rugby fan Lee, who died earlier this month.

He served in 45 Commando from 1977-2002 where he rose to the rank of Provost Sergeant. After retiring he enjoyed spending time with his family, and enjoying his favourite sport. For more than a decade he also served as Montrose Rugby Club’s coach.

Lee was diagnosed with cancer after becoming unwell at the start of the pandemic. Following his diagnosis, he decided to retrain and help others who were facing similar struggles.

Paying tribute on its Facebook page, the club said: “He has been a core member of our club for 12 years, coaching, supporting and guiding our young people and senior players. Bringing commitment, fun and a breadth of experience, he has been at the heart of building the Best Wee Rugby Club.”

Lee’s funeral will take place at Parkgrove Crematorium on Friday at 3.30pm.

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