An old extract from the Purley Old Boys newsheet has arrived - some 23 years after publication.
"Members will be sad to learn that the final whistle blew for Willy Pfeifer last April. His funeral was on 28th April and several old friends including George Robson, Bruce Ayling, Don Reason, DonLeppard, Harry Flower, Mick Tidy and Dave Hastings were in attendance.
For those who did not know him, Willy started playing for the club in the 1947/8 season, was skipper from 1950-53 and was President from 1961-64. Personal memories were of his massive figure backing a charge against the School XV and the gasp of the spectators in those days all the school would turn out to watch. Also singing The Eton Boating Song in the individual baths in the mansion at old Freemans incidentally the first game ever played by Gravette when Gerry Woodage failed to turn up. And always his old car seemingly self-navigating its way back to the Tudor Rose and again on a Sunday morning for his traditional glass of French Beaujolais. I will miss you Willy and thanks for all the fun we had. HARRY FLOWER.