WINSTER Wasps FC will be staging a special match on Saturday, in memory of one of their players, a founding member of the club.
Jonathan Harper, 50, died in a traffic accident earlier this month and his teammates are to stage the game this Saturday (October 29), at Winster Playing Fields, starting at 2pm.
It will be between Winster Wasps and a Jonathan Harper XI, made up of villagers, ex-players and his friends.
Jimmy Millett from Winster Wasps explained: “We’ve had that many people want to take part that we reckon there’s going to be about 20-30 on the Jonathan Harper XI’s side, so there will have to be plenty of substitutions. It just shows how Jonathan was a popular guy.
“The Hope Valley League has allowed us to postpone our league game for that day and they have also agreed for there to be a minute’s silence at all Hope Valley League games on Saturday, in Jonathan’s honour, which is a lovely gesture.”
Jimmy Millett continued: “He played generally in centre midfield but was happy to play anywhere. He gave it his all and was nicknamed Rhino, because once he got going with the ball, it took a lot to stop him.”
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“He was a popular guy who was integral to the club being set up a few years ago.
“He was also involved in a lot of our fundraising efforts so at some point in the future we are looking at raising money to install a dugout on one side of the ground and then to name it after him. We’d like as many of his friends as possible to come along and pay tribute and make it into a social occasion too.”