Plymouth Albion: Former player and chairman Vernon Pinches dies

Vernon Pinches continued to support the club after 1999 as an active shareholder and life member

Former Plymouth Albion chairman and player Vernon Pinches has died at the age of 84.

He made his debut as an outside half in 1954 and was Albion chairman three times, leaving the club in 1999.

Pinches was also club secretary and vice-chairman in that time and watched grandsons Ben and Charlie play for the Devon side last season.

"He was a chairman who drove this club for many, many years," said Albion director of rugby Graham Dawe.

"He was a massive personality within the organisation and he will be missed."

The National One outfit will hold a minute's silence at their home game against Esher on Saturday and the club's flag will fly at half-mast.

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