The following tribute has been kindly supplied by Kingsley Hyland.
*Colm came to the club in the 1960s and threw himself into its activities from the outset.*
*His playing career at the club was largely restricted to the social teams, in particular the Nomads vets team. Those who remember him as the rather portly physics teacher at St Cuthberts of later years may be surprised to learn that he was a speedy winger in his day, and a fast if rather erratic bowler with the Nomads cricket XI.*
*It was as an Alickadoo, however, that he made his greatest mark on the club.*
*A loyal supporter of social events, he ran the Social Committee for many years before becoming a Vice-President and member of the Board of Management following the move to Kingston Park in 1990.*
*He served two memorable years as President, the first which saw the team claim the 2nd Division Championship and promotion in 1993, followed by the challenging and short-lived period in the top division.*
*Following the takeover of the club by Sir John Hall in 1995 he served as Chair of the Newcastle Gosforth Shareholders Association – the so-called ‘Twenty Four Per Centers’ as the rump of the old club took a 24% shareholding in the new company.*
*Despite his background in the community game Colm fully embraced the concept of professionalism, and was a loyal and committed follower of the Falcons, attending the majority of matches home and away until illness intervened.*
Newcastle Falcons would like to pass on our thoughts and condolences to Colm’s family and friends at this difficult time.