Local football honours whistler Stan

More than sixty local footballers and a crowd of over three hundred attended a tournament at Garon Park, organised in memory of legendary local figure Stan Cornwell.

Cornwell, a former player with Great Wakering Rovers and Foulness, as well as a hugely popular referee, passed away earlier this month following a long illness.

The tournament – organised by Sheryl MacRae from the Southend Borough & District Football Combination and Southend and Basildon Sunday Football League – raised awareness and more than £1,200 for NSPCC and Prostate Cancer UK, and was attended by Stan’s family.

The final was contested between the Reds and Blues, with the former lifting the Stan Cornwell Trophy.

Speaking to Yellow Sport, Mrs MacRae said: “We raised a phenomenal amount of money for the chosen charities and Stan was fondly remembered by everyone who played, attended, supported and donated.

“Stan was a huge character. Local football has lost a friend. He will never be forgotten.”

Brian Jeeves

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