Russ’s memory lives on through football

Russ Maddison. Photo: Supplied.
Russ Maddison. Photo: Supplied.
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A LOCAL man’s hard work and dedication to football is set to live on through a charity football match that will be played in his honour.

Russ Maddison, 55, lived in Fulstow and was a defender for Manby FC.

He collapsed shortly after having to come off the pitch due to feeling unwell when he was playing at the team’s home ground in Wood lane on October 1. Russ died later in hospital.

A charity football match will take place in Russ’s memory on Friday May 11 at Blundell Park in Cleethorpes.

Matthew Chapman, Russ’s nephew, said: “Nothing, no matter how big or small, was too much for Russ, he gave so much to so many people.

“We now want to continue the fantastic work that Russ started. We hope to give as much as we can financially plus in any other way towards everything that Russ stood for.

“We hope to make the event as fitting as possible, something that Russ would be proud of.”

Manby FC, the last team that Russ played for will kick off against the Fulstow Juniors, the team Russ set up in the 1990s.

Tickets are £3 each. Gates open at 6pm ready for a 6.30pm kick off.

There will be buffet available in the bar after the charity match provided by McMenemys for a small donation. A raffle and presentation will also take place after the match.

Family, friends and former team mates of Russ have now set up the Russ Maddison Sports Foundation, a charitable foundation which will help to continue the fantastic work Russ had started.

l Tickets for the charity football match and programmes can be purchased online at www.russmaddison.org.uk, or on the gate. For more information contact Matthew Chapman on 07739 013189.