Match to remember Hatfield football coach

PUBLISHED: 17:59 04 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:01 26 October 2009

The teams line up before the memorial match

The teams line up before the memorial match

A FOOTBALL match was played in memory of a man 'instrumental' in the running of a youth side. Hatfield man Lee Watchorn, who was a passionate football fan and helped run his son's team Herts Signs under-11s, died of unknown causes on October 24. Last month

Lee Watchorn

A FOOTBALL match was played in memory of a man "instrumental" in the running of a youth side.

Hatfield man Lee Watchorn, who was a passionate football fan and helped run his son's team Herts Signs under-11s, died of unknown causes on October 24.

Last Saturday, club chairman Dean Hicks turned the top-of-the-table clash against Sherradswood and Birchwood Rangers Yellows FC into a match to remember 48-year-old Lee.

The captain's armband was handed to Lee's son Jack, who led both teams out to the song Three Lions, before they held a minute silence prior to kick-off.

There was also a large flag raised to remember the heating and air conditioning ventilation worker, and each player wore a black armband in the game which finished 2-1 to the Rangers.

Mr Hicks said: "It was a very special day that will be remembered by all for a very long time.

"We would like to make a very special thanks to Mick Woodford [Rangers manager] for all his effort in helping in the lead up to this game, who was a very close friend of Lee's."

Julie Neale, who is Jack's mother and Lee's ex-partner, said: "Lee was very popular and was heavily involved with everything that Jack did, especially in regards to the Herts Signs - so I think having a match like that was the best way to remember him.

"It was a very touching day.


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