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Randalstown honours Rugby Club legend Derek Waddell


The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Alderman Stephen Ross unveils the plaque dedicated to Derek Waddell alongside CEO of Ulster Rugby, Jonny Petrie.

The memory of Derek Waddell will live forever at Randalstown Rugby Football Club as the club’s rugby pitches have been named ‘Waddell Park, in his honour.


The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Alderman Stephen Ross, unveiled a plaque dedicated to Derek Waddell, at the rugby pitches on 6 August.



The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Alderman Stephen Ross, members of Randalstown Rugby Football Club and Jonny Petrie honour Derek Waddell’s contribution to the club by dedicating the rugby pitches in his name, ‘Waddell Park.’

He said:


“I was privileged to dedicate the rugby pitches at Randalstown Rugby Football Club in memory of Derek Waddell. His passion for sports, not just rugby was a huge part of his life, taking him to various places across the world.”



The late Derek Waddell was recognised in the town of Randalstown, rugby circles and throughout the province for his passion and commitment to the sport, he was the epitome of a true ‘clubman.’


Derek enjoyed a distinguished playing career before becoming the senior team coach but also undertook many other roles, from youth coach, groundsman, bar manager, Club Treasurer, Club Chairman and Club President.



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