Soccer match raises �700 for Uplyme cancer victim

Footballers honour a former club stalwart and raise cash to pay for teenager’s pioneering treatment

FOOTBALLERS at Uplyme turned out to honour one of their most loyal supporters on Saturday – and raised �700 to help a local young cancer victim.

They took part in a friendly match as a tribute to club stalwart Ron Matthews, who died in January.

The game saw many Uplyme veterans dust off their boots in his honour, including Alan Brown, Phil Hodder and Pete Lowe.

The light-hearted tussle between the Uplyme Legends and the Matthews Family ended in a 4 – 4 draw.

Earlier a bench was dedicated in memory of Mr Matthews, whose son Jeff thanked the football club for their tribute.

Chairman Gavin Fowler said Ron, a long serving committee member, would be missed by the club, especially for his familiar cry from the sidelines “bring on the subs!”

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Later, at a barbecue in the Nags Head, Mr Fowler thanked everyone for their generosity and said �700 had been raised to help send Uplyme teenager Sam Nunn to Germany for pioneering cancer treatment

Anyone wishing to make a donation towards Sam’s �70,000 appeal can do so either through the football club or to The Nags Head, in Lyme Regis, where his auntie, Debbie Hamon, is the Landlady.