26 April 2018 / Club News

The 'Best of the best' to be honoured

Athletic Lions DELME THOMAS, ROY BERGIERS & KEN OWENS will be honoured when they receive British & Irish Lions players caps.

THE BRITISH & IRISH LIONS are recognising the contribution of all Lions by awarding ceremonial caps for the first time.

As members of the 1888 Club, 419 living and the next of kin of 416 deceased Lions will receive a one-off, hand-stitched cap that bears the unique playing number awarded only to players who have played competitively in the iconic jersey.

Chairman Tom Grace, Lion #524, said: “We are recognising the contribution of all those who have crossed the touchline in a Lions jersey since 1888. It is a mark of respect for those who have contributed to this most loved touring team – a team that holds a special place in the hearts of players and fans alike.”

The recognition coincides with the 130-year anniversary of the first British & Irish Lions game against Otago in Dunedin on April 28th, 1888.

“We felt that in was in keeping with the universally recognised process of acknowledging that someone has played for an international team to formally award Lions caps for the first time,” added Grace. “I know I will cherish and keep mine for future generations of my family to enjoy and wonder at.”

In addition to the ceremonial cap and presentation box, the Lions or next of kin will receive a recognition letter from Grace, a copy of the team photo from their Tour(s) and the latest edition of Lions Tales, the annual publication exclusive to 1888 Club members.

In addition to Delme (Lion #454), Roy (Lion #507) and Ken (Lion #829), two others who wore the club shirt, Gerald Davies (Lion #463) and the late Alun Thomas (Lion #366) will also receive the unique cap and recognition.

​Photo: The cap presentation box set of Tom Grace (Lion #524) of Ireland, who is the chairman of the British & Irish Lions 1888 club.



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