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Obituary | Michael Lubbock

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Former Leicester Tigers player Michael Lubbock has died, aged 90.

Lubbock made 95 appearances for the club between 1955-60 and scored seven tries.

The former Tigers scrum-half played alongside Chalkie White during his time at the club.

Lubbock’s son, Adam, said:

He used to recall how competitive it was at Tigers with other great scrum halves such as Chalkie White and Tom O’Connor.

Throughout this time Dickie Jeeps kept Mike from representing England with Jeeps, the Northampton scrum half, becoming the England and the British & Irish Lions captain.

Mike enjoyed the Tigers game against Romania which ended up a 6-6 draw and shared stories with his family about the carnations and scarves given to the ladies in the crowd.

In 1958, he played in the Boxing Day Tigers v Barbarians game where Tigers won 9-3.

As a PE teacher, he saw the development of the rugby ball from a heavy leather ball with a pig bladder to the more modern lightweight balls. The dive pass was his favourite pass and very suited to the type of ball being played with.

His wife, Jill, was a great supporter and they even had their honeymoon sandwiched between two Tigers games. Fellow Tiger Bob Matthews was his best man and they stayed in touch throughout their lives.

In 1960, Mike and Jill departed from Leicester to Woodbridge where the family embarked on over 40 years involvement with the school. One of the first things Mike did was to form a 1st XV shirt for the school modelled on his beloved Leicester Tigers stripes. That shirt is still being worn today.

Mike continued playing rugby locally at Ipswich and then was a founding member of Woodbridge Rugby Union Football Club in 1969, where he was captain followed by President for 24 years.

In 2006, Mike was recognised for his lifelong service to rugby nationally with a The Torch Award presented by Sophie Duchess of Wessex.