Match in memory of beloved daughter helps raise funds for the Poppy Appeal

Rutland Veterans vs the pubgoers at the Drum and Monkey before the match in memory of Samantha Bryan who died on Remembrance Sunday
Rutland Veterans vs the pubgoers at the Drum and Monkey before the match in memory of Samantha Bryan who died on Remembrance Sunday

A FATHER organised a charity football match in memory of his daughter who died in a car accident on Remembrance Sunday four years ago.

Mark Bryan, who is landlord of the Drum and Monkey pub in Casterton Road, Stamford, organised the match in memory of his daughter Samantha Bryan.

She was the passenger in a car which crashed on the A606 Stamford Road near Empingham in 2007.

The match took place on Sunday, November 13, at the Empingham Road Playing Fields and raised about £500 for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Mr Bryan said: “That weekend is very close to my heart as that’s when Samantha was killed and I am also an ex-serviceman in the RAF so service charities are very important to me.

“It has taken us a while to get something off the ground but it was all done in fun and jest. It wasn’t a sad day.”

The Rutland Veterans played against Drum and Monkey customers, with the Veterans winning 9-2.

Mr Bryan, who is known as Yorkie, said: “I would like to thank the players from both sides who gave up their time to play, as well as Thomas Towland who refereed and Phil Bailey, the chairman of Stamford Ladies Football, who organised the pitch and facilities for us to use.

“It was a good game and everyone enjoyed themselves.”

Andy Jones, the goalkeeper for the Drum and Monkey, was awarded man of the match.

A plaque has been bought by Mr Bryan’s partner Sarah Lount in memory of Samantha, 23, who was a hairdresser in Stamford.

It is hoped the match will become an annual event and the scores of each match will be engraved on the plaque.