Young­ster presents tro­phy re­named in trib­ute to his dad

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Alastair Irvine airvine@thek­m­

A POIGNANT hand-over took place when a boy pre­sented a foot­ball tro­phy re­named af­ter his late fa­ther to the win­ning team.

Dave Padgham – a well-know fig­ure in ju­nior foot­ball cir­cles – died ear­lier this year from melanoma.

As a last­ing trib­ute to Mr Padgham the Ash­ford and District Youth Foot­ball League (ADYFL) re­named its un­der-12 cup the Dave Padgham Me­mo­rial Cup.

The cup fi­nal was con­tested by teams from Wye Ju­niors FC and Great Chart at Sellindge Sports Club, with a hard-fought fi­nal see­ing Wye even­tu­ally tri­umph­ing 4-2. Mr Padgham’s son Max at­tended the match and pre­sented the cup to vic­to­ri­ous Wye Ju­niors’ cap­tain Jack Wilkins.

Kevin Bar­low, the Wye Ju­niors FC un­der-12s’ man­ager and ADYFL chair­man, said: “This year we re­named the un­der-12 cup the Dave Padgham Me­mo­rial Cup af­ter the sad loss of Dave ear­lier this year.

He was a great stal­wart and sup­porter of youth foot­ball and will be sadly missed by all.

“It was great that Max was able to be there to present the cup now named af­ter his dad to the win­ners’ cap­tain.”

Max Padgham presents the cup to Wye cap­tain Jack Wilkins

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