Stourbridge rugby stalwart John Jeavons-Fellows dies aged 78
Stourbridge rugby stalwart John Jeavons-Fellows has died aged 78, the club has confirmed.
Described as a ‘leading light’ in the Lions for the past 60 years, the popular official passed away peacefully in his sleep yesterday.
A former pupil of King Edward Grammar School, Jeavons-Fellows began playing for Stour’s first team aged 18.
Aged 19 he organised the club’s first ever tour with his performances and leadership qualities soon seeing him appointed club captain.
After hanging up his boots, Jeavons-Fellows continued to work to improve the club.
He masterminded various stages of Stourbridge’s development and helped provide the clubhouse that is currently in place at Bridgnorth Road. He was also keen for Stour to have a profile in the national game with his work ensuring Stourbridge became the training venue for England’s Grand Slam winning team of 1980.
Jeavons-Fellow also enjoyed roles as a rugby administrator with Worcestershire & Herefordshire and The North Midlands RFU. In 1997 he was also part of the British Lions management team for their tour to South Africa.
A statement on the Stourbridge website said: “John’s massive contribution to rugby, during a period of radical change, brought him good times and lasting friendships in abundance around the world.”