The funeral of Kettering Rugby Club’s much-loved physio Wayne Shearsmith, described as ‘a true blue’, is to be held tomorrow.
Wayne, who had been involved with the club for more than 20 years, died at his home earlier this month aged 64.
If you cut Wayne in half, he would have Kettering Rugby Club written through his middle.Graham Boniface
He was legendary for his rubs and many ‘Wayneisms’, including dancing that “rivalled Louis Spence”.
And fellow club physio Graham Boniface says Wayne was well and truly part of the furniture.
He said: “Wayne made every effort to make the players feel special on matchdays and it was his behind the scenes preparation that should be mentioned here.
“Someone said to me recently that the shirts don’t put themselves out by themselves, changing rooms don’t sweep themselves and taping players doesn’t just happen.
“He was legendary for his rubs with some players getting to the club well before the designated meet time to get some ‘Wayne time’.
“Other ‘Wayneisms’ included tighter than usual taping, dancing that rivalled Louis Spence, frozen bananas and his difficulties in using the pitchside radio, to name but a few.
“All of these made us love him more – you must understand here that in rugby the more you get the mickey taken out of you, the more it shows you are loved.
“Wayne epitomised what it was to be a true club man.
“If you cut him in half, he would have Kettering Rugby Club written through his middle.
“Clubs like Kettering simply do not exist without people like Wayne Shearsmith, so I know the void that he leaves will be a very difficult one to fill.
“I know when I am at the club I will be ordering one of Wayne’s favourite tipples – a Guinness & Black, a Pernod shot, or glass of Prosecco – and will be raising a toast with the Kettering rugby family to our very dear friend Wayne, a true blue if ever there was one.”
The funeral is being held at 3pm on Thursday, December 17, at the Edgar Newman Chapel, Kettering Crematorium.
It will be followed by a celebration of Wayne’s life at Kettering Rugby Club in Waverley Road.
The club will send a wreath and any other donations can be made to the British Heart Foundation.
Everyone is welcome to the chapel and to the club, with a dress code of club ties.