Local football: Stalwart leaves a helpful legacy

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ONE of the legacies of a long-serving stalwart of grass roots football will be in helping provide heart defibrillators for use within local football.

Fred Powell, who was involved in local football across almost 60 years as player and administrator, died at his Rotherham home aged 75 and he and his family have ensured the local game will continue to benefit.

All donations, in lieu of flowers, are to go to the FA’s heart defibrillator appeal along with the British Heart Foundation and this backs up Fred’s commitment to the grass roots game helping the wider community.

Among many roles, Fred was chairman of the Rotherham Charity Cup competition which raises several thousand pounds each season for local charities and good causes. He received a merit award from the S&H FA in 2007 for over 50 years’ service.

n The Star’s campaign Safety on the Sidelines, set up in conjunction with the S&H FA, is aimed at helping provide defibrillators for use in local football.

n Tribute to Fred: See Friday’s Grass Roots.