Stuart Mangan Memorial Cup
When you are in need, the goodness, kindness and support that is out there is amazing.
On 5th April 2008, while playing rugby for Hammersmith and Fulham RFC, Stuart Mangan, aged 24, was accidentally injured and as a result he was paralysed from his neck down. The reaction to his plight from the “rugby family” worldwide was truly remarkable.
An early visitor to Stuart in hospital was former England U-20’s prop, Matt Hampson from Leicester. Matt, who had suffered a similar injury, became a good friend to Stuart and encouraged him greatly. From Stuart and Matt’s friendship the idea of an England/Ireland Legends game for charity developed.
Shane Byrne and Len Dineen of Ireland & Martin Corry and Jason Leonard of England drove the playing side and Validus Re, a global insurance company, through Chris Silvester, ensured the financial support was in place to ensure the game could go ahead. There have also been many others who have helped to make the annual fixture a reality.
The first Stuart Mangan Memorial Cup game was played at The Stoop, home of the Harlequins, in London on the eve of the England Ireland match of February 2010. A fantastic success the event has grown from strength to strength ever since.
Stuart showed great courage and determination and interest in other people. His spirits were high but his body was challenged and on 7th August 2009 he passed away peacefully. The match is held in his memory and has become an annual event where rugby supporters can gather on the night before the main international match to celebrate their friendship, the game of rugby and raise funds for players who have been injured.