Welcome to Russell’s site

Russ once said if he wasn’t around, he’d want people to celebrate his life and wear Hawaiian shirts. This site is about our different memories of him – please keep visiting, and with your help I hope we can raise a few smiles.

Fancy getting involved?

If you’d like to blog about the NCC bursary, annual golf tournament or anything else, or you’d like to add photos please contact me.

Russell’s NCC bursary

Russ had been quietly coaching the young NCC players in his spare time. He loved looking after people. Keeping his spirit alive, the family set up a bursary to fund activities and outings for the colts.

Annual golf tournament at Rusper

This golf tournament has taken place every year since Russ died, just before Newdigate Cricket Club’s end of season party. In memory and the spirit of Russ, it’s more silly than serious but the medals are very real.

  • Newdigate Cricket Club annual golf tournament (11/19/2005) -

    In memory of Russ. Join in the 9 hole tournament, 19 November, 12pm start at Rusper golf club. Prizes for the longest drive and closest to the pin. For more details or to enter contact Simon Capel or Jim Penfold (before 5 November).

  • NCC’s inaugural Russell Haigh Golf Tournament (11/20/2004) -

    Newdigate Cricket club presented awards after holding their inaugural annual golf tournament in memory of Russell. Read on to find out who the winners were and how to take part next year..

  • Oak tree planted on Rusper Golf Course (11/17/2004) -

    Chris has been given a lovely 10 year old, home grown, oak sapling by his friend Phil Faulkner (the "Dashing Donny Osmond").

    Rusper Golf Club have agreed to plant the sapling in the most awkward of dog-legs, exactly what Russ would have wanted!


Newdigate Cricket Club

  • Tony’s cricket bat memorial (11/20/2004) -

    Thanks to Tony Ivey, who went all the way to Menorca to get Russ a signed cricket bat. It will be displayed alongside Russell's personal bat in the cricket club house, with a plaque in his memory.

  • “RUSSELL” daffodils planted alongside cricket pitch (10/20/2004) -

    Some of the boys have gone all Chelsea (flower show, that is) and planted Russell's name with daffodil bulbs next to the cricket pitch. A blooming good gesture, definitely something to look forward to in Spring.

  • Newdigate Cricket Club (10/2/2004) -

    Thanks to Newdigate CC, who wrote a lovely tribute to Russ on their website.


  • Chelsea FC matchday obituary (12/4/2004) -

    Russ appeared in his beloved Superchels's official matchday magazine of 4 December. Chelsea beat Newcastle that day 4-0, which was a nice touch.

  • Brockham Badgers FC minute silence (10/14/2004) -

    Many thanks to Roger Bayliss and Russell's younger Brockham club-mates, who held a minute silence in his memory.

  • Brockham Green FC minute silence (10/3/2004) -

    Many thanks to Peter Moore and the team for organising a minute silence on 3 October prior to the match, and to everyone who turned up to take part.

Friends and family

  • Pub crawl in memory of Russ (11/27/2004) -

    Simon's memorial pub crawl around Dorking went fabulously, thanks to everyone who turned up to toast our boy and play the drinking games. Some great value entertainment was provided by everyone who were caught out by the ever more difficult and random rules - you know who you are!

  • Tattoos (10/15/2004) -

    Jackie and Steph have beaten everyone to it and put tattoo needle to skin. Stephanie went for Russell's initials on her tummy, and as a nod to Russell's idea (he was planning to have a tattoo of the family's initials) Jackie's gone for exactly that but with Russell's picked out in red.

  • Funeral tribute (written by Lolly, Steph and Matt) (10/1/2004) -

    Hi, I'm Russell's big sister's boyfriend. I'd just like to say a few words on behalf of Russell's big sis and little sis.

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