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Rugby Union: Dave is backing fight to save Cov; RUGBY UNION: Former Lord Mayor gives our campaign his seal of civic approval.

Byline: By John Wilkinson

FORMER Lord Mayor of Coventry Dave Edwards is backing the Telegraph appeal - and urging his fellow dignitaries and councillors to follow suit.

Edwards, who held office in 1991-92 and served as a Councillor for more than a quarter of a century, played and coached rugby with Trinity Guild and Barkers Butts, and is passionate about preserving the city club's future.

"Coventry Rugby Club is part of the jigsaw of sporting achievements and history in the city, and I am encouraging all my colleagues on the council and former Lord Mayors to join me in contributing to the appeal," he said.

"I want to see as many of them as possible getting behind the project.

"I have some very good memories and really did enjoy my association with the game and the Coventry club which was always a pinnacle for people to aspire to.

"All the young sporting people of Coventry aspire to reach the top, and there was a time when Coventry RFC was the top rugby club in the UK.

"Hopefully the target will be reached and the appeal will succeed."

Edwards has happy memories of accompanying a Coventry Colts side - including future England and Premiership stars Andy Goode, Adam Balding and James Grindal - on tour to Hungary.

"They behaved impeccably and were a credit to the city," added Edwards.

"They were fantastic young people and I was so proud for Coventry.

"I would hate to see Coventry RFC go down - there must be enough people in Coventry to support their rugby team."

HOW YOU CAN HELP

YOU can contribute to the performnce bond by shorcheque at any branch of Coventry ilding Society quoting account number 06 86949. heques should be made payable to "Coventry gby Club Trust." If you have internet banking can make a direct payment quoting the ciety's sort-code 40-63-01 and account number 60786949. You do not need to quote an additional reference number. The building society is simply accepting contributions to the fund. The welfare of the fund will be the responsibility of the Board of Trustees managing the Coventry Rugby Club Appeal.

They will decide what should happen to the money if it is refunded to them at the end of the two-year security period or if the fund raising falls short.

The trustees will issue a refund for those who have proof of contributions (receipts are only available when making a contribution over the counter at a branch of the Coventry Building Society). The trustees may opt to donate any cash which is not refunded to charity, possibly a local rugby cause.

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PRODUCTION LINE... This is what the Appeal is fighting for - the chance to add more names to the impressive Coventry honours board of international players from the club; CALL... Dave Edwards
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 25, 2008
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