Ri­val foot­ball clubs to hon­our fallen leg­end

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - SAMHEWAT

Two ri­val Auck­land foot­ball clubs will play a special match to hon­our a lo­cal club hero who died late last year.

Cen­tral United and Mount Al­bert-Pon­sonby will play a me­mo­rial match on March 19 to recog­nise the life and con­tri­bu­tion of Brian Stanyer, who died aged 61 in Oc­to­ber.

Stanyer had been in­volved with Mount Al­bert-Pon­sonby since 1977, spend­ing time there as a player be­fore hold­ing ev­ery avail­able po­si­tion on the club’s com­mit­tee over 40 years. He also spent some brief time with Cen­tral.

Mount Al­bert-Pon­sonby’s chair­man Keith Earl said Stanyer had put his heart and soul into serv­ing the club and his death had brought the two clubs closer.

‘‘Ivan Vuk­sich [chair­man of Cen­tral] said to me, ‘We might be ri­vals on the field, but off the field we are all broth­ers in foot­ball’,’’ Earl said.

‘‘And that really hit home for me. The clubs are con­nected stronger than ever now and I think Stan would be really proud that we’re work­ing hard with Auck­land City and Cen­tral.’’

The an­nual game will be in the teams’ pre-sea­son fix­ture list, though some sil­ver­ware will be on the line with the Brian Stanyer Me­mo­rial Tro­phy up for grabs.

The me­mo­rial match will take place at 3.30pm on March 19 at An­der­son Park.

PHOTOTEK

Mount Al­bert-Pon­sonby cap­tain Peter Wild and Cen­tral United cap­tain Dean Lau­sev hold­ing the Brian Stanyer Me­mo­rial Tro­phy.

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