Mon 18 May 2020 15:19

The annual John Ryan Memorial Day brings together Hendon players, past and present, along with their friends & families to celebrate long standing friendships formed at this great rugby club of ours, whilst celebrating the memory of one of Hendon RFC’s greatest players, Number 9’s and coaches.   

Since 2015, The John Ryan Trophy match has been contested by a (self proclaimed!) Hendon Legends XV and a Club XV. This match provides the opportunity for a lot of fun, some hard rugby and the opportunity for bragging rights in the bar afterwards. However, there is a serious side to day, which involves raising awareness and money for Motor Neurones Disease Association and this is led by Johns wife Jackie Ryan and his family.

In December 2008, John was diagnosed with Motor Neurones Disease which is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease which affects the brain and spinal cord. It attacks the nerves that control movement and eventually leaves people unable to move, communicate or breathe. It kills a third of people within a year of diagnosis and half within two years. John remained heavily involved in Hendon Rugby throughout his remaining years and he passed away peacefully at home on 21st April 2015 surrounded by his family.

John Ryan achieved a huge amount as a man of Hendon RFC, he inspired several generations of youth and seniors to fall in love with and continue playing the great game we call Rugby. He was not adverse to leading festivities after the matches finished either.


For details on the next John Ryan Memorial Day, keep an eye on the Hendon RFC website and/or it's social media channels.

John Ryan Honours Board at Hendon RFC

1979-1980: Vice Captain Colts XV

1980-1981: Hendon Committee

1981-1982: Hendon 50th squad member, Hendon vs Gordon Ferguson International XV

1984-1985: Full Back in Hendon vs Crawley, John Player Special National Cup

1987-1988: Captain of Hendon RFC

1988-1989: Captain of Hendon RFC

1990-1991: Captain of Hendon RFC, Social and Fundraising Secretary

1991-1992: Captain of Hendon RFC, Social and Fundraising Secretary

1992-1993: Captain of Hendon RFC, Social and Fundraising Secretary

1993-1994: Social and Fundraising Secretary

1994-1995: Captain fo Hendon RFC

1997-1998: Captain of Hendon RFC

2000-2001: Club Coach

2002-2011: Social and Fundraising Secretary

2008-2009: Assistant Club Coach

2009-2010: Club Coach

2010-2011: Coaching Consultant

The John Ryan Memorial Game is held in aid of:

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