Newly elected president Nigel Morgan, who is replacing the departing Golding, provided a ‘very emotional’ speech to thank the clubman for his endless efforts in a variety of roles prior to Portsmouth's London 3 South West season finale defeat to Andover on Saturday.
Langstone-based Golding first arrived at Rugby Camp in the mid-1970s, spending a couple of seasons as a player having departed city rivals US Portsmouth. He had moved to the south coast from London to take on a consultancy position.
His Portsmouth RFC arrival would begin a love affair which stands today at a remarkable 47-year continuous stint with the club, spanning roles as player, first-team coach, chairman and president.
Sadly, ill-health prevented Golding, aged 83, from being able to attend the lunch put on to honour his sensational service.
Prior to that lunch, he had told The News what has kept him involved at Portsmouth RFC for such a long period. ‘It's just a nice club, with a nice group of people (involved), the players want to play,’ he explained.
‘We've had our ups and downs with standards. The facilities are good, good pitches and it's just a nice club.
‘It's had its ups and downs. When I joined the club we only had 13 players. Portsmouth had just gone through a very bad phase but, by the end of that season, we were up to three sides.’
After his spells as a player for Portsmouth's first-team through to featuring for the veterans, with a brief coaching spell which followed, Golding headed up to boardroom level and was appointed chairman in the early 1990s.
One of the proudest points from his time at Rugby Camp is the development of on-site facilities. Golding told how when he first joined the club they were based out of a ‘wooden shack’ as a clubhouse.
So to have such a hands-on involvement in the development of the multi-purpose facility which stands at Rugby Camp today was quite the achievement.
Golding added: ‘I think the high point was moving from the ex-Army training shack, which was just a wooden shed as our clubhouse. Then we built a small clubhouse which still exists - which is now a nursery - that was the first clubhouse we had.
‘We went on from there to build this mammoth clubhouse/catering/facility nursery which is there today. I was chairman when we built that clubhouse.
‘The Valkyries (Portsmouth RFC Ladies teams) is another one of the big success stories because they are a good side.’
While no longer holding an official Portsmouth position, Golding will remain offering his input as an advisor and hopes to continue attending matches, cheering on the club which holds such a special place in his heart from the sidelines.
There were close to 90 members and former players present for the season-ending lunch. ‘It is probably true to say that Portsmouth RFC wouldn't be where it is today without Peter’s hard work and commitment,’ said a spokesperson.
‘President-elect Nigel Morgan made a presentation to Peter with a very emotional speech outlining his various achievements. Peter received several standing ovations from those present.’