Ian Tapper

We’re sad to report that we’ve lost a true Poly great.

Ian Tapper sadly passed away on Tuesday, 14th October 2014 following a short illness.

Gentleman, Husband, Father, Son, Friend & Poly Legend – Just a few words that only half describe what a man mountain Ian was.

Ian was a member of the Poly for 15 years playing in several teams with distinction, but spent the bulk of that time in Poly 6s developing close bonds with those who played alongside him. Two of Ian’s sons (Rory & Sam) also made guest appearances and we know how proud Ian was to share a pitch with them. Ian was the model of reliability both on and off the pitch, humble but generous to all around him. His opponents always knew they were in a tough game, but he also epitomised the Poly and SAL spirit with a handshake and a beer after the game.

He was officially recognised as a ‘Poly 6 Legend’ before his retirement in 2012 when his knees finally gave up on him.

Although written in happier times, the following was penned by Ian’s team mates and was printed on a presentation T-shirt for him. We hope it gives some idea of the rare mixture of affection and respect with which Ian was held by all his team mates. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

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