To N.M. Football Family
As the Football Coach at North Middlesex during the 80′s and mid 90′s, we were experiencing great success on the field, we had great support from many people. One of the “Friends of Football” was MJ Flaherty. MJ passed away today after a long illness. We lost a person who would always take the extra step to help others. MJ was a friend to so many. I think of this poem that describes MJ.
Friends are far, friends are near, friends will be there to lend an ear.
There to listen, there to laugh,there to knit and care.
But most of all, they are always there thru thick and thin, ups and downs.
MJ was a friend to all of us.
P.S. If anyone has the obituary notice, or details on the funeral, please post it in the comments and we’ll make sure we’re available.
It’s time to sign up for the 9th Annual North Middlesex Football Alumni Golf Tournament! Last year, we raised some much-needed money for the NM Football Program. This year, we need your help even more. With reduced sports budgets, the NM Football Program relies on the golf tournament to make sure the team is ready for the season.
. Friday, July 25th Townsend Ridge Country Club 40 Scales Lane Townsend, MA 978-597-8400 www.townsendridge.com Cost: $540 per foursome ($135 per person) Includes: golf, cart, lunch, shirt, and prizes Schedule:
- 7:30 AM – 8:45 AM Warm up & Registration
- 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM Golf
- 2:00 PM Lunch
Prizes / Contests:
- Closest to Pin
- Hole in One (chance to win a Victory Motorcycle)
- Mulligans available for purchase
How to Register: ONLINE REGISTRATION: To register online, simply follow this online registration link and complete the form. Secure online payments are handled via PayPal. You can use a credit card for your payment, and you do not need a PayPal account. PAY BY CHECK: To register, please bring check or cash to Townsend Ridge on the day of the tournament! To register with a check, simply click on this link download the registration form, or click on the picture of the registration form at the top of the page, and a .PDF will open in a new window. When you have completed the registration form, please send your payment by check to: Mark Goodridge 350 Mass Ave. #207 Arlington, MA 02474 And remember… as Coach Ruggles always says:
TRADITION NEVER GRADUATES!
Major Corporate Sponsors:
The schedule for the North Middlesex Patriots Football Program – Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Freshman – has been released and is posted on the “Schedule & Results” page. The schedules are not fully baked quite yet, but that page will have the latest and greatest information, including scores for each of the games.
Please feel free to send comments or questions to the web team via the Contact form.
To the Football family:
I should be writing a letter thanking everyone who played in this year’s golf tournament or about our upcoming football season. Not today. Today, I am doing something as a football coach we hate to do: talking about the loss of one of ours – Captain Glenn Roberts. As a coach, we are often asked to write recommendations for players for colleges. This is my recommendation for #52 to God.
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I wanted to share a letter that Glenn wrote for the Thanksgiving Day game at North Middlesex last year, where he addressed the team. Again, Coach Ruggles did something amazing, honoring Glenn before the game, bringing his family out to the middle of the field.
Dana Roberts also read this letter at the NM Football Alumni Golf Tournament this July, and there was complete silence from a room of rowdy golfers.
Here’s the letter:
Good Morning Gentlemen,
My name is Glenn Roberts. Most of you probably don’t know me, but 31 years ago today, I put the uniform on for the last game I’d ever play at North Middlesex. It was Coach Ruggles’ first year at NM, and my teammates and I ended the season at 7-3 – at the time the best record in the history of the school.
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