Video: Oakham Imps tribute match for Barry Clarke

Players gathered for a charity football match to pay their respects to a former chairman and manager who died earlier this year.

Barry Clarke, who managed Oakham Imperial, died in April aged 75, and a tribute match was held at Catmose College on Sunday in his memory.

Charity football match at Catmose College in memory of Barry Clarke. Match sponsor Bob Feetham and Barry's widow Lorraine Clarke with the trophy and members of both teams'Photo: MSMP250813-016js

Charity football match at Catmose College in memory of Barry Clarke. Match sponsor Bob Feetham and Barry's widow Lorraine Clarke with the trophy and members of both teams'Photo: MSMP250813-016js

The game was played between the last ever Oakham Imps team, which was managed by Barry, and an Oakham Imps Veterans team. The younger Imps team won 3-2.

Funds raised at the match are being donated to the emergency volunteer group East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme.

Barry was chairman of Oakham Imps for many decades and was influential in merging the club with Rutland Rangers to form Oakham United FC. He then took over as chairman of the club.

Barry, who lived in Northgate, Oakham, suffered from bronchial pneumonia and died on April 17.

Following his death, tributes flooded in for him. Barry is described by many as a “local football legend”.

After the game on Sunday, Oakham United FC’s Twitter feed read: “This morning’s match was a wonderful dedication to our former chairman and president, Barry Clarke!

“Everybody involved should feel proud!”