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Memorial event for disabled Sheffield club founder

Action from the disabled football tournament at Olive Grove

Action from the disabled football tournament at Olive Grove

A tournament for disabled footballers was held in honour of the founders of a Sheffield club.

City Knights FC, which plays at Sheffield Works Department and Social Club on Heeley Bank Road, held the event to pay tribute to its founder Eddie Edwards.

Eddie, from Stannington, set the club up 16 years ago but died in 2012.

But City Knights established the tournament in his honour last year.

Disabled football teams squared off against one another, including Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham Dynamoes, Barnsley Tykes and other members of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Ability Counts League.

Former Premier League referee Uriah Rennie even came to watch the event.

City Knights’ manager Sharon Lavender said: “It’s emotional talking about it because it’s a realisation that he’s no longer with us. Eddie lived and breathed the club.

“The day was all about fair play because Eddie was all about fair play.

“Everyone was saying ‘we are doing this for Eddie’.

“It was an extended family for him and that how we have tried to keep it.

“He was such a lovely man with a heart of gold. That’s why we had to keep his dream alive and keep it going.”

 

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