So, it seems that amongst everything else that Champo rugby was already contending with that that is it for this year and nobody gets to go out on their sword or to any fanfare of any sort.
In the circumstances it's not anyone's priority I know, even those involved possibly but thanks to everyone who has given us service that may now have prematurely ended!
Thanks to Griff for taking us straight back out of National One and quickly assembling the spine of a squad that took us almost to the tip of the Champo - that Bristol away game but for the crossing call Stedman/Clark could've put us up!!! A squad that now has many members of the Knights most capped list - and hopefully still has a fair few more games in it???
Good luck Griff - hope to see you around from time to time???
Griff, it is a total shame that the season has had to come to an end so abruptly. I will miss the England/Wales banter you and I have every Tuesday morning at Knight Shift. Thank you for all your efforts that you have put into the club over the years, it has been very much appreciated.
Really good interview with Griff on BBC Wales. Perhaps those keyboard warriors who were so critical of Griff over the past year may like to show some remorse when they have finished reading it!
Heart attacks should not be dealt with the way Clive Griffiths handled his in September, 2018.
He was alone on the perimeter of a "a massive expanse of field" halfway into a run and decided to make his own way home.
Griffiths walked "a mile or two" to his flat before calling Doncaster Knights' club doctor, who told him to get to hospital as quickly as possible.
In the meantime he passed dog-walkers and others out strolling while gradually making his way to sanctuary.
"The last bit, which spooked me, was uphill a bit - I always finish on the hill. So I took it step by step and there were people looking at me and they must have been thinking 'what's wrong with him?'," said former dual-code international and coach Griffiths, who was in charge of Wales' defence during their 2005 Grand Slam.
"To this day the doctor says I was stupid so yes, I should have said something to somebody and that blue light would have come across the field and accelerated the time it took to get into hospital."
Griffiths, 65, is not making the same mistake amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Clive Griffiths: Ex-Wales defence coach suffers suspected heart attack He is self-isolating to avoid any complications that could arise in a collision between the post-heart-attack medicine he takes and coronavirus.
"It's a small price to pay for long-term health," added Griffiths, whose eight-year stint as Knights coach has come to an amicable, if unceremonious end because of the shutdown the virus has caused.
He is at ease with that development, having been supported "superbly" by the club's backers, fellow coaches and players following that heart scare in September 2018.
"It was hell of a shock because I was halfway through my run and had a choice to make - put another step forward and realise what was going on, shout and bawl hoping somebody would hear me, or put one step in front of another and get myself home and then deal with it," he said.
"The shock was at the time that even though I was in my 60s, I was running around the countryside a lot more freely than I had done for years.
"I was feeling fairly fit at that time and went for my usual Friday night run before the game on the Saturday."
'It hit me in the middle of my back'
Griffiths thought he was having muscle pain when the attack struck.
"I started walking and there were people walking their dogs and I thought 'I feel all right now, maybe it was a [back] spasm'," he said.
"It hit me in the middle of my back, it wasn't chest pains as such. My initial response was to stretch it off.
"But I thought just in case it isn't a spasm and it's something more sinister I'd better take it easy on the way back and that's what I did.
"I got back to the flat and a friend of mine, Trevor, drove me to A&E in Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
"It took me about 45 minutes to get back I'd say. I didn't time it - distance-wise a couple of miles and there were times when I took a knee, walked a bit, took a knee and I saw a park bench and sat on that; took my pulse, which was fairly high.
"I got back to the flat, called the club doctor and he told me to get the hell down to A&E."
It wasn't long before the full extent of what had happened hit home.
"When they've done all the tests, you realise you're not immortal," said Griffiths.
An operation and seven days of "whirlwind experience" later, he was home to recuperate with instructions not to return to work for at least six weeks.
"I went back in a couple of weeks later… went to watch one of the games," he said.
"I just went in when I was able to drive again, one or two days a week maybe."
'I relished going back to work'
By Christmas 2018, Griffiths was back in full control of Doncaster Knights, of the English Championship. He says returning to work was effectively mental therapy, even if the medical guidance suggested he should not have been there.
"If you're sat at home thinking about it, that can make you more demented," he said.
"So I certainly relished going back and having a crack with the boys and seeing everybody at the club again."
'Where was your mobile?'
He was also taken to task for not having a mobile phone handy while out for that fateful run.
"I wouldn't do what I did," admitted Griffiths.
"They asked 'why didn't you have your phone with you?'. Well I never, ever take a phone when I go running. Why would I? I'm not going to use it.
"My philosophy is that's it, I'm out, that's my time.
"So that was the first thing. The next was I should have called or cried for help and asked the first person I saw and told them and they might have had a phone.
Quiz: Welsh legends of the 70s Roberts lends flat to medic amid virus fight Scrum V podcast: Mooar talks coronavirus "If I'd done that an ambulance would have come to the field and taken me to crash or critical care unit maybe straight away."
On reflection Griffiths realises how lucky he was to return to good health and rekindle an active lifestyle.
The 2018 festive period underlined to Griffiths his good fortune.
"That Christmas was most welcome," he said.
"When you think back to where you were in the September, in that corner of that field, and you think you're with your grandchildren, your children, then it brings it home to you."
martinc: Enjoy your trip to Jersey lads. COYK! COYK! COYK!
Sept 1, 2017 13:34:49 GMT
kenner: Just a Question if I may? Why after a season and on to the second can we not get an actual picture of Aaron Carpenter on the players site? Did not someone just take team photos?
Sept 21, 2017 19:35:08 GMT
Sir Spicious: I fear there are rumours that Aaron may, in fact, be a vampire and as such his image does not reflect in mirrors nor can it be captured in a photo. I should, however, warn you this may be fake news.
Sept 27, 2017 10:35:26 GMT
davinor: What's happened to the back ex Ealing Trailfinders - one mention and then no more
Oct 6, 2017 10:34:59 GMT
davinor: What happened to the back brought in from Ealing Trailfinders - one mention and then nothing ddavinor
Oct 6, 2017 10:38:07 GMT
Sir Spicious: Played at the RAG last week. Due to play at Hartpury tomorrow.
Oct 6, 2017 20:37:48 GMT
thomasmachin: Interesting C V on wikopedia
Nov 13, 2017 16:24:14 GMT
thomasmachin: The venue for the Cardiff match appears to have changed for the third time.Unbelievable
Dec 15, 2017 11:14:49 GMT
iiiii: Should I be worried re trip to pirates ?will pitch dry out in time?
Feb 11, 2018 8:39:42 GMT
funches: How come there's only 3 games this weekend? Is it just scheduling or?
Mar 10, 2018 10:24:11 GMT
thomasmachin: It would appear that if we are to replace the departing players we had better be quick or all the available players will be signed by Ealing ,Coventry and Cornish Pirates!
Apr 20, 2018 8:14:16 GMT
barbelhunter: What a great re signing that is.
Apr 27, 2018 10:38:07 GMT
donnyknightsfan: that was absolutely dire today almost from start to finish apart from a spell in the 2nd half when we looked OK. players don't look motivated enough to me. they need a kick up the backside. the next two games v Bedford and Irish look a tough ask now.
Oct 6, 2018 21:04:32 GMT
thomasmachin: I don't think a Vera Brown tribute singer will sell the Forces Lunch as well as a Vera Lynn tribute singer !!
Oct 22, 2018 10:24:33 GMT
rodders: A bit random this one but are any Knights fans travelling to the Jersey game on Friday 1st March flying from East Midlands on the 10.55 flight out. 2 of us are looking for a lift to East Midlands airport unexpectedly. Happy to share costs of travel
Feb 17, 2019 19:52:21 GMT
donnyknightsfan: after yesterday's showing a new attacking coach and structure is needed ASAP. our attack is really poor. why don't we ever look to create space?. you're not going to beat championship defences by just running straight at them.
Apr 21, 2019 8:19:53 GMT
thomasmachin: I would support any reasonable suggestion to support the Club
Mar 26, 2020 20:03:51 GMT