Rival football clubs to honour fallen legend
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.
Mount Albert-Ponsonby captain Peter Wild and Central United captain Dean Lausev holding the Brian Stanyer Memorial Trophy.