Panshanger players pay tribute to Mat Blease

PUBLISHED: 17:46 16 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:31 26 October 2009

Players line up for the Panshanger FC Mathew Blease Memorial Match

Players line up for the Panshanger FC Mathew Blease Memorial Match

PLAYERS from four teams paid tribute to a friend lost recently by playing in a memorial match to Mathew Blease, who sadly passed away in February. Close friends and teams from Panshanger Yellows 2004 and Panshanger Whites Under-14s observed a minute s sil

PLAYERS from four teams paid tribute to a friend lost recently by playing in a memorial match to Mathew Blease, who sadly passed away in February.

Close friends and teams from Panshanger Yellows 2004 and Panshanger Whites Under-14s observed a minute's silence before kick-off in a match refereed by Mathew's father Steve.

Popular Sir Frederic Osborn School pupil Mat died aged just 13 due to an inflamed heart.

He was previously a healthy and cheeky youngster, who was not only an avid Manchester United fan, but a vital part of Panshanger Football Club.

The Whites took an early lead in the memorial match, but in a hotly-contested battle the score was level at the interval.

The second half saw players from other divisions wishing to take part and pay tribute to their former club colleague, and the match finished in an eventual 2-2 draw.

Mathew's mother Karen surprised everyone at the end by presenting a special commemorative trophy to Whites captain Harry Loft and Yellows' skipper Michael Montague in what is to become an annual end-of-season event, dedicated to Mat's memory.

Throughout, the entire game was the epitome of fair play and good sportsmanship and enjoyed by all, which was befitting to Mathew and everyone at Panshanger.

Club members are also taking part in a charity walk on the July 20 across eight Thames bridges, as part of the Cardiac Risk in the Young event in London.

If you wish to take part, please visit www.c-r-y.org.uk or sponsor those taking part by contacting Panshanger Football Club directly.


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