A fitting tribute – in the form of a family-led football match – has been held in memory of a popular Bridlington football player and manager.
The memorial match for the late Paul Grainger was held at the Burton Agnes sports field with a Telegraph FC team playing against George AFC – two of the clubs Paul was involved with as a player and in management. Paul was also manager of Rangers Juniors Under-12s.
And to mark the special occasion, Paul’s sons (Raffery (11) and Harrison aged 16), both scored…Harrison from a penalty and Rafferty netting two cracking goals from long range shots.
Paul’s wife Leanne said: “A big thank you to everyone’s support and to all the people coming to support the first Memorial match – it was small – it was personal and was full of all the people that mattered to Pau.
Prior to kick-off a newly constructed dug-out was officially opened – it had been built by the Telegraph FC team to mark what is planned to be an annual event.
“The highlight for me was seeing both our boys – Harrison and Rafferty – play on the same pitch for the first time together for their dad. That was very emotional and absolutely priceless for me and he would have been so proud of them both.” Added Leanne.
Harrison wore his fathers’s original green and white AFC George shirt from ‘back in the day’ and both of them wore Paul’s number 14 on the back of each of their shirts in honour of their dad.
Jules Morris and Luke Summerscales from the Telegraph FC added: “It was the kind of event that Paul would have loved. A gathering of people all with a shared interest in one man, a game of football and two clubs. We have been delighted to welcome to our home ground at Burton Agnes Sports Field the team AFC George – the team that Paul started with in adult amateur football. The game was an incredible reunion of friends and team mates between both clubs.”
They continued: “The game was also tied in with the official opening of the memorial dug-out which has been funded and constructed by players at the club. It was amazing to see Paul’s family in the dugout, a perfect start to its life by the side of our home pitch. Also not to forget Paul’s brothers, Mike who co-managed the AFC George team and John who played in goal for Telegraph. Finally thank-you to Leanne for always supporting the club in what we have done, and will continue to do. Also thanks to The Telegraph pub and West BS for sponsoring some of the materials used to construct the dugout.” added Leanne.
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