The passing of a true Ponty stalwart - 'Dai Bricks'

3.6.2017

David Thomas - 'Dai Bricks'
David Thomas - 'Dai Bricks'

It is with great sadness that Pontypridd RFC reports the passing of one of its finest servants, kit manager David Thomas, affectionately known to all and sundry as "Dai Bricks".

His club record extended way back to the late seventies, when he first made his way into the Ponty set-up following an invitation from Cenydd Thomas, learning his trade from then baggage master Mike Williams.

'Dai Bricks' took over in charge of kit preparation, and since worked under a succession of coaches – Billy Griffiths, Joe Smith, Chris and Clive Jones, Les Brown, Spike Watkins, Richie Collins, Dennis John and Lynn Howells, Justin Burnell, Simon King, Paul John, Dale McIntosh, Geraint Lewis and Rob Sidoli – all came and went in their time but Dai remained, himself a Ponty institution.

At every training session and at every game, home and away, Dai would be busy handling the Pontypridd kit, laces and studs and all things related and pandering to the players' every need. He did so with a dry humour and a unique outlook on life.

After one final battle with illness, Dai passed away on Saturday 3d June 2017. He will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered.

The thoughts of everyone at Pontypridd RFC are with Dai's immediate family in their time of grief.

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