A Message from the President
As we near the end our 146th season at Lansdowne FC, it is indeed my great privilege and honour to lead the players and ‘Alickadoos’ alike on what I can only describe as an ‘old school’ Rugby Tour of the USA playing four rugby matches over 10 days and sipping the odd beer with old and new friends alike.
I started planning this tour as far back as November 2017 and since then, I have received tremendous support from my club executive and tour committee with 45 players and 30 Alickadoos signing up for ‘tour duty’. We look forward to making new friends when we arrive in the USA taking in Boston, New Jersey & New York. On arrival in Boston, we will play Boston Irish Wolfhounds and America’s newest Major League Rugby franchise the New England Free Jacks. After that, we head south to New Jersey where we will renew acquaintances with Monmouth RFC who we last played in Lansdowne road back in 1979. The grand finale on the penultimate day of the tour will be our match against the prestigious New York Athletic Club (NYAC) who will host us in the beautiful surroundings of their home grounds at Travers Island New York.
On behalf of Lansdowne FC, I would like to thank our many tour sponsors & supporters alike and have no doubt about it, this tour would not happen without them. Also, I would like to thank Scott Deasy and the players tour committee who have worked tirelessly over the last 9 months on fundraising events like Blind Date, Valentines Ball, Cheltenham Lunch, Quiz night and raffle as well as many other social events which not only raised significant tour funds but also created a superb social scene in the club throughout the season.
Lansdowne has a long tradition of touring and all participants have returned with fantastic memories of the great friendships that were forged during tours and I suspect that this tour will be no different. In addition to the four rugby matches, we have a superb itinerary planned which I know the players will enjoy and remember for a lifetime and for me personally, it’s my great pleasure to be touring with my eldest son James albeit I am not sure that is reciprocated!! Finally, please remember the touring motto “what goes on tour stays on tour”, see you all stateside!!