Obituary: Martin Slagter 1956 – 2019


It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Martin Slagter in Austin, Texas on 3rd October, as a result of pancreatic cancer diagnosed in 2012.

Martin was only 63 years-old but his involvement with Richmond spanned many years, as he first played for the club as a Richmond schoolboy in the traditional New Year’s Day game back in the 1960s.

He played for Coventry FC and British Polytechnics whilst studying at Lanchester Polytechnic, before joining the Richmond First XV from the late 1970s until the late 1980s. Martin was a very talented lock and captained our club from 1983-86.

As many do, he then graduated into the Heavies where he served a season as ‘Skips’ and was an enthusiastic tourist in the best Richmond tradition.

Martin became involved in all aspects of club life from 1992 until 1996. He coached in the mini and youth sections as his sons, Adam and Luke, moved through the age groups. Not content with that he became an integral member of the Executive Committee under Chairman, Tony Hallett, in the early 1990’s, serving until the Ashley Levett takeover in 1996.

Martin emigrated to Austin, Texas in 1997 but his interest in the club never waned and he would always visit when back in the UK.

He would also offer comfort and succour to any Richmond member or player who happened to find themselves in Texas.

Martin was a natural leader, a great communicator, who had empathy and understood and cared about people. He had a positivity and determination that was evident to all, and never more so than in the way in which he approached and dealt with his cancer diagnosis, facing it with courage and dignity which was truly inspirational.

He lived his life to the full and touched all those that knew him with his charm, good humour and practical common sense. He could party with the best of them and was always excellent company. We’re sure there are many tales that come under the ‘what goes on tour stays on tour’ edict!

The world is a better place for Martin having been part of it and he will be remembered by us all with a huge amount of affection and gratitude.

RIP Martin. Thank you for your love and support. Richmond salutes you and will honour your memory with a minute’s applause before the game this afternoon.




Born: 2nd May 1956

Passed away: 3rd October 2019

We are sure many members will be very saddened to hear of Martin’s death. His family has asked us to publish the address of a memorial website they have set up to remember Martin, and encourage you to add stories and pictures of your own.

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