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Tigers Family tribute to man who ‘gave everything’ for club

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The grandsons of Leicester Tigers favourite Tudor Thomas joined head coach Geordan Murphy in paying tribute to the club legend who posthumously received the Tigers Family award earlier this month.

Although not a ‘local’, Thomas’ long service to the club dates back to the 1960s as he fulfilled the role of team secretary with the Swifts and then the Extras, through until 1978 when he became first-team secretary as Tigers were establishing themselves as the Cup Kings of English rugby.

He remained in post until 1993 and also served as club president and honorary secretary, and received life membership in 2007.

Tudor was also the voice of Welford Road matchdays and remained a regular visitor in the Crumbie Stand and the Droglites Bar as his links to the club extended beyond half a century, and he remained a popular figure with players, officials and supporters before passing away last summer at the age of 89.

Thomas’ widow Barbara – who ran the club shop in its earliest years and continued to work at Welford Road well into the new millennium – was joined by grandsons Kieran and Steven to collect the trophy in what was an emotional moment at the Suporters’ Awards Dinner.

LTTV caught up with Tudor’s grandsons as well as head coach Murphy to discuss their memories of a true clubman.

See the full interview below.