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Oakworth honour Sue with Manorlands fund-raiser
3:50pm Thursday 6th September 2012 in Sport
The inaugural Sue Hewitt Memorial Trophy in aid of Manorlands was the showpiece event at Oakworth Juniors’ open day last Sunday.
Former Oakworth player Tom-my Lee, who is now goalkeeper at Chesterfield, played a ten-minute cameo role for Sue’s XI – a team of Sue’s family, friends and ex-players who knew the club stalwart well before she passed away at Manorlands in April.
They beat a team made up of current Oaks coaches and were presented with the trophy by Leeds United player Aidy White.
The match was refereed by Dave Needham, a former club captain now teaching PE at Fulneck School in Leeds.
The day – which raised £2,200 for Manorlands – featured all Oak-worth’s junior teams playing friendly matches against invited teams from Keighley Shamrocks, Sutton, Crossley’s (Halifax), Coll-ingham (Leeds), Salts, Wilsden, Skipton LMS, Bingley and Silsden.
There were plenty of fund-raising activities, featuring bouncy castles, ducking stool and face painting among other attractions.
The matches were the first to be played on the newly-installed pitches at the club’s Bronte Playing Fields base.
Extensive drainage work has taken place as part of investment by the Football Foundation, who helped to fund a new multi-functional clubhouse which was opened two years ago.
Oakworth now have dedicated pitches for senior and youth football, including a new nine versus nine pitch and two additional mini soccer pitches.