Mon 12 Jul 2021 16:36

Steven Roland Todd (Toddy) was a Portsmouth RFC legend who will forever be remembered for leading the club to London Division 1 in 1993, the highest level the club has played at since league rugby was introduced. He was an outstanding inside centre, captain and leader who always had time for everyone he met. Kind and compassionate, a club man through and through, he will be missed by all who had the honour to know him and call him a friend.


Toddy joined Portsmouth RFC in 1978 having attended City Of Portsmouth Boys School at the same time as Ian 'Beano' Chandler, Johnny Garrett and Michael 'Bungle' Bailey and along with Steve Cameron, the five of them very soon played for Hampshire Colts.  He captained the club from 1993 to 1995 and from the late 1980's, he represented the Ministry of Defence (MoD) national side who won the Civil Service cup in 1989. 


Born on 10th January 1963, Steve spent his entire working life in Portsmouth Naval Base as a Shipwright apprentice,  Shipwright, Inspector and then Planning Manager. He also briefly became a pub landlord and owned The Stags Head pub in Westbourne where he organised and ran an annual pubs 7's tournament. Many of the players who started their playing careers at these events went on to play for Portsmouth.


A proud and ardent patriot, Toddy was taken from us at a tragically young age and leaves behind his children James, Shannon and Thomas as well as his beloved April.


Portsmouth RFC will be holding a memorial lunch in honour of Steve Todd before the first home match played by the 1st XV next season. All players past and present will be invited and more details will follow.


Details  of the funeral:-

'We are now able to confirm that the funeral will take place at Portchester Crematorium, South Chapel,  on Monday, 26th July at 2.30pm. This will be followed by a celebration of Toddy's life to be held at Portsmouth RFC. All are welcome and members are encouraged to wear No 1's (club blazers and ties).

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