THE incredibly popular figure of Dave Robins has announced he will be stepping down from his role as President of Malvern Rugby Football Club at the end of the 2021/22 season.

'Ern', as he is known at the club, has been involved with the club since 1994 and in that time has firmly cemented his legendary status at Spring Lane.

Robins joined the club as Director of Rugby the season after the famous Pilkington Shield win before becoming honorary President, a role in which he has held for ten years. 

Ern spent the majority of his life with Worcester RFC before he came to Spring Lane and was also a top class referee in his younger years.

To celebrate his long association with the club, Malvern will be holding a 'Dave Robins Celebration Lunch' before the final home game of the season - against Old Halesonians - on Saturday April 9 2022.

Robins has asked for as many people as possible associated with the club to attend and is particularly keen for all those players who have played during his tenure to come along and celebrate with him.

Malvern return from their Christmas break this weekend with a Midlands One West league game at Sutton Coldfield.

The hosts are bottom of the table and have lost nine games in a row but welcome a Malvern side who are yet to win a game on the road this season.

A win would see The Vern pull clear of the bottom sides.

"I am hoping that that the enforced longer than usual Christmas break, will have allowed niggling injuries to heal and those who had picked up Covid to recover," said Director of Rugby Rob Cook

"We have four months until the end of the season and we hope to fulfil all our fixtures for all teams. This will only be possible if all those that can, do make themselves available.

"The New Year for many of us will see a push for greater fitness and to get back to enjoying the game we love.