Former Canvey Island defender, Mark Stimson, has donated his 2001 FA Trophy winners medal to the Park Lane club, in a bid to the Gulls through the financial hardships thrown upon football clubs during the lockdown period.
Stimson – who now manages Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division outfit, Hornchurch – was named Man of the Match as the Gulls saw off Forest Green Rovers by a goal to nil to lift the trophy at Villa Park.
The 52-year-old was a firm favourite with Canvey fans after joining the club in 1999 following a lengthy career which saw him represent Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Portsmouth as well as Southend United and Leyton Orient.
Canvey’s coffers have been bolstered recently by their Emirates FA Cup exploits which saw matches against Banbury United and Boreham Wood selected for television coverage. However, Stimpson’s act of generosity will come as a timely boost ahead of fans returning to football over the coming weeks.
Rather than list the medal for auction, Canvey are to hold an online raffle, making it accessible for all supporters to have a chance of winning a piece of history from the greatest day in their history.
Tickets cost £1.00 – Supporters and fans of non-league football in general can buy their tickets here.
The raffle ending on Sunday, January 31, 2021.