The pre-season victory over London Irish was an evening to remember for Kelvin Coates after the steward was honoured for 25 years’ service to the Leicester Tigers.
Kelvin, a supervisor in the Holland & Barrett Stand, was presented with a framed signed Tigers shirt by chief executive Simon Cohen during half-time of the 46-17 victory at Welford Road.
“It is a really lovely gesture by the club,” said Kelvin, who has worked in security and as chief steward during his time at We3lford Road.
“It is something that I will remember for a long time. Rugby is my only sport and I have enjoyed it working here.
“I don’t know where I am going to put the shirt. I don’t think my wife will let me have it up in the lounge!”
Cohen added: “The stewards are an essential part of the Tigers Family and play a vital role in matchdays at Welford Road.
“We’re delighted to be able to recognise Kelvin and the commitment, dedication and hard work that he has given to the club over 25 years.”