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RIP Keith Wilson

By Ian Anderson

RIP Keith Wilson

Keith died in Farnborough Hospital on Friday 17th November after a short illness at the age of 80.

Keith was an outstanding No. 8 in the Sidcup side of the 1960s which became known far beyond Kent as a side that played exciting rugby. His ball handling skills were years ahead of their time. He played 254 games for the 1st XV (many with his great friend Dudley Davies) scoring 98 points often in collaboration with Keith Morris and Arthur Maxted. He captained Sidcup in 1964-65. In the 1980s he served as the Chairman of Selectors.

Keith was brought up in Bridgend and played for them as a teenager, a significant achievement for a forward in the hot-bed of Welsh club rugby. He studied PE and Geography at St. Luke’s College Exeter and, arriving in London, initially played for London Welsh while teaching at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School. The travelling to West London for training in mid-week proved too difficult and London Welsh’s loss became Sidcup’s gain.

Keith joined the Staff of Dartford Grammar School as Head of PE and 1st XV coach. He subsequently became Head of Junior School and coached the under 12s. Hundreds of boys were fortunate to be introduced to rugby by Keith who never lost sight of the values of the game. He was a much loved member of Staff.

In retirement, Keith continued to watch Sidcup. His many friends were always delighted to see him at Crescent Farm. On hearing of his death, one of his past pupils said, “He was a good guy and a genuinely nice man”- a sentiment which will be echoed by many.

The Club extends its sympathies to Anne, Guy and Tim.

Details of Keith's funeral will be published when they are finalised.

Updated 11:09 - 17 Dec 2017 by Ian Anderson

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