Alex Wilson 1963-2024


The Rugby Fives Association
March 2024

The RFA is sad to report the death recently of Alex Wilson, who for many years was a an accomplished and committed member of the fives community, both as a player and as a coach and administrator. We reproduce here a brief tribute from one player, Dave Hebden, who knew him well and, below, the link to a heart-felt eulogy from his close friend and colleague, Sam Roberts, with further tributes from colleagues, friends, pupils and parents.

“I met Alex through the game of Fives, and enjoyed many battles on court and much lively socialising off court. Those close to the game of Fives will know that Alex was a very distinguished player. His achievements include six National Regional Doubles titles, and a win in the Winchester Doubles. Alex played for the 1995 Club KO winning Old Bradfieldians Club and was selected to represent the Rugby Fives Association team to play the University side on seven occasions. Alex was nationally ranked in the top 10 Singles & Doubles during the 1990s and 2000s. In addition, Alex contributed greatly to the game of Fives by serving for many years on the RFA Committee, and also spent many years supporting and coaching Fives at St Paul’s School.

But most important of all, Alex was a lovely bloke, always good company and a pleasure to know. Very many fond memories, he will be greatly missed.”

Click here for a eulogy from Sam Roberts

Alex as Fives-players remember him

Alex’s trusty gloves

Alex wins the Barnes Bridge in 1992 with Neil Roberts

Playing for the RFA against the Universities in 1999

Alex the tournament organiser 2002