In memory of Allan Forno
A True gentlemen. A truE GOLDEN OLDIE.
“We are deeply saddened at Golden Oldies Rugby to report that Allan Forno passed away on October 27th. Allan indeed created an enormous number of friends during his involvement with Golden Oldies Rugby that stretches back to 1985 when Paul Gleeson invited him to become the Australian representative of the Golden Oldies Rugby movement. It was no surprise that Forno should play an active role in the game. He played rugby all his life through school and to representative level and coached.
Allan was interviewed for our 21st commemorative book and told Lynn McConnell, “When my local club, Eastwood, decided to enter a team in the 1983 Sydney Festival, I was playing in the Frothonians which was organised by the famous Geoff Harvey, musical director for Channel 9. It was a team made up of ex-grade players who had attained Golden Oldies classification. “Once rugby is in the blood it is hard to resist the chance to pull the boots on again, no matter to what level. The camaraderie you experience with your teams from juniors through to Golden Oldies may be different across the ages but is still full of good memories,” he said. “A famous man once told me, ‘Golden Oldies provided rugby with an experience from womb to tomb’.
A rugby man through and through Allan believed Golden Oldies rugby would flourish as long as there are players retiring from competitive rugby and looking to find a way to stay fit and involved with the game. Backing him in his involvement with Golden Oldies all the way was wife Joan who had a long involvement in Australian women’s rugby. She played a key role in the festival administration and each are recipients of the Australian Sports Medal.
When VSL took over the management of Golden Oldies Rugby in 2012, Allan took the change in his stride and became a valued mentor, sounding board and adviser to the new Golden Oldies management team. He will be sadly missed by all Golden Oldies Rugby teams and players who enjoyed his company and the usual vibrant conversations that Allan enjoyed.
He leaves a huge hole in the Golden Oldies and we extend our sympathies to Joan and his family.”
Peter McDermott, Executive Director, VSL