One of the fascinating things about the history of Southport RFC is its players and its people. No more so than in hearing the sad news of the passing of Keith Pring, a uniquely talented Southport rugby and soccer player.
Keith had the unique distinction of representing both Southport FC and Southport RUFC (as it then was) in the late 60s and early 70s, scoring a then record 253 points for the club in the 1973/74 season before back trouble curtailed his rugby activities. In donning the oval ball it was a return to Keith's earlier life playing rugby culminating in representing Cardiff Boys, no mean feat, before becoming a professional footballer with Newport County before moving to Rotherham United and achieving international recognition with three caps for Wales in the mid-60s. He later played for Notts County before ending his soccer playing career at Haig Avenue prior to wearing the red, black & amber shirt with great distinction too.
Thanks to former SRUFC player and team mate Graham Thompson (one of the infamous twins!) for the image of Keith as an up and coming footballer at Newport.
The club is humbled to have been part of a great sporting life and sends it condolences to the Pring family
Updated 16:22 - 17 Feb 2018 by John Kenny