Loughborough Alumni

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22 May 2019

Alumni celebrate lost teammates in charity football tournament

Alumni have raised over £2,000 as part of the annual Loughborough Football Alumni Reunion Weekend, which took place last weekend.

The weekend began with a memorial 5-a-side charity tournament on the Holywell Astroturf, before watching the FA Cup Final in the Village Bar.  

Festivities then continued in the town centre, before some guests stayed to watch the Loughborough International Athletics meet on Sunday.

Around 70 players were involved in the tournament, aged between 18 and 56, across six alumni and three student teams. Around 30 alumni supporters aged between 50 and 80 were also in attendance.

Some “Loughborough Legends” also took part, including former Notts County striker Rob Matthews (Geography, 1992), former Manchester United coach and FA Youth Cup winner Paul McGuiness (PE and Sports Science, 1989), former Chesterfield midfielder and FA Cup semi-finalist, Tom Curtis (PE and Sports Science, 1998), and Lee Howarth (PE and Sport Science with Recreation Management, 1991), who won the 1992 Play-Off with Peterborough United at Wembley.

The event first took place in 2001 in memory of 1997 graduate and former University footballer Eddie Gregg, who sadly passed away in 2000. Eddie’s family attended the event again this year, being regular attendees at the tournament.

Since then, the event has raised over £50,000 overall and has grown to remember former teammates such as Mike Hughes, whose son was in attendance, and Matt Pinnock, as well as family and friends.

This year’s event raised money for four charities, including the Daniel Wilkinson Foundation, founded in memory of 2016 graduate Daniel, who passed away aged just 24 after collapsing whilst playing football. The charity founded by alumnus and Loughborough Hall of Fame member Bob Wilson, The Willow Foundation, was also involved, as well as Bloodwise and Mind.

Congratulations to all involved in the event.

 

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