Recs thank departing Haggerty – and launch search for successor



PILKINGTON RECS are bidding farewell to Head Coach Kurt Haggerty, who has led the famous club to the amateur game’s top flight during four seasons at the helm.

The 27-year-old guided the St Helens outfit to three successive promotions and, this year, to a respectable eighth place in the Kingstone Press Cider National

Conference League’s Premier Division.

Pilks had, earlier in 2016, also defeated semi-professional London Skolars 13-0 in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup third round, underlining Haggerty’s reputation as one of the amateur game’s brightest young coaches.

Recs Secretary Billy Dillon said: “Kurt has been an inspirational coach at the club.

“Under his leadership and guidance Pilkingtons has had fantastic success at both first and A team levels.

“This culminated in the first team having, in 2015, its first year back in the Premier Division of the NCL since the 1980s – and the A team winning successive championships in the North West Men’s League.

“The club, its sponsors and spectators would like to thank him for the time, effort and style of open rugby that he has brought to the club and we wish him well in his new endeavours.”

Dillon added: “It leaves the club with a massive void to fill and the committee has the task of finding and appointing the right Head Coach to take charge of what is already a very well established, young and enthusiastic squad.

“Anyone interested, and who has the qualifications – a Level 2 Coaching Certificate etc – should contact me at”