Bobby Macken – deceased

It is with great shock and sadness that Old Wesley has learnt of the death of Bobby Macken

Bobby joined Old Wesley straight from school in the 1950s.  A skilful and adept player he very quickly established his place on our Senior team, where he went on to play full back for nearly 20 years. He also won a number of Leinster caps. He was Old Wesley club captain in 1961-62. Employed by Guinness, Bobby was transferred to Cork for a short time where he played with Dolphin RFC.

After retiring from Senior rugby Bobby continued to play at junior level, and in 1983 won a J2 League medal for Old Wesley.  Reluctant to hang up the boots he continued to play on the junior teams and in 1992 at 53 years of age played his last match winning the Guilfoyle Cup.

Bobby chose not to get involved in club committees or admin roles and despite being asked on a number of occasions, turned down the role of club president.  However, he continued to be a great supporter of Old Wesley, and right up until the end of the season just gone travelled the length and breath of the country with his club friends in support of our senior team. His familiar “Come on Wesley” was regularly heard from the stands during matches.

We extend our sympathies to Bobby’s wife Averil, daughters Elaine, Alyson, Nadia and Sandra, grandchildren and extended family including Dudley Foster.  He will be very sadly missed by his many friends in Old Wesley.

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