It is with great regret that we have to announce Stuart Attryde’s resignation from the Hustlers after 36 years in the team. It is typical of Stuart that he has waited to do so at a time when we are well staffed with players.
Stuart joined the Hustlers soon after returning from Hong Kong at the start of the 1980-81 season, being introduced to the team by John Townsend while we were at the Royal Union. It did not take long for him to make an impact: he played a major part in our Golden Years as the team finished top of Division 6 that year and, in successive years, we finished runners up in Division 5; 3rd in Division 4; 3rd in Division 3; runners up in Division 2 and Champions in Division 1.
Even during our later, less successful, years Stuart continued to play well, and in 2003 Stuart ended the season top of the averages.
From the 2015-16 season Stuart’s occasional bouts of ill health saw him playing less often and last season he relegated himself to non-playing reserve. However, he continued to turn up to watch when he could and to make himself available at immediate notice if required.
Stuart and Sally have always been keen supporters of the Hustlers’ trips and Stuart has asked that he be kept on the distribution list so that they can stay in touch. He has promised to attend occasionally to support the team in our new alley. I know that we will all wish to convey to Stuart our gratitude for his time in the team and our best wishes to Stuart and Sally for the future.