Rotherham rugby stars help post office owner raise cash for charity

Thirsty Flamemanager Jean-Paul Williamson pulls the pints for company director Garry Astle, rugby ace John Dudley and Fran O'Neill of Austin Wines
Thirsty Flamemanager Jean-Paul Williamson pulls the pints for company director Garry Astle, rugby ace John Dudley and Fran O'Neill of Austin Wines
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Rugby fans are invited to a Rotherham pub to meet two legends of the game to help raise money for charity.

Dean Richards - the most capped Rugby Union number 8 in the world - will team up with Rotherham’s highest capped England player, John Dudley, as speakers at a charity dinner at Brinsworth craft bar and grill the Thirsty Flame on October 6.

The event has been organised to help Catcliffe post office owner, Terry Fieldhouse, aged 49, raise cash for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

He is running the London Marathon for the charity next April and has planned a number of fundraising events beforehand to help him reach his £10,000 target.

Two of Terry’s children - Charlotte, 10 and Oliver, 17 - both have Type 1 diabetes.

For £50 a head, rugby fans will get a three-course dinner while being regaled with stories and highlights from the careers of Dean Richards and John Dudley.

Dudley is renowned as one of the most fearsome rugby players to have been produced by Yorkshire.

A former bouncer and steelworker, he vies with prop Simon Bunting for the accolade of greatest player in the Titans’ history, having scored 50 tries in 200 league appearances and helping the team get promoted to the Premiership.

Former England and British and Irish Lions star Richards is regarded as one of the world’s best ever forwards and is credited with changing the way the game was played from the back row.

He won 48 caps, played in three World Cups and six British and Irish Lions tours.

A charity auction will be staged on the night, with lots including tickets to Sheffield Wednesday and United games and a signed Rotherham United shirt up for grabs.

Jean-Paul Williamson, who manages the Thirst Flame on Whitehill Lane, said: “Our customers love their rugby. In fact a number of our regulars are Rotherham Titans players. They are all right behind the Rugby World Cup so we decided to stage a themed dinner with star speakers so they could eat, drink, live and breathe the sport for the night.”

The event is the first in a series of sportsman’s dinners due to be held at the pub, with - boxers Ricky Hatton and Kel Brook lined up as well as Sheffield Wednesday legend Chris Waddle.

To book call 01709 821055.