‘YOU WILL BE SADLY MISSED’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Weekend Camp Fun And Games -

Andy Found said: “Dur­ing my 12 years as Ash­ford United man­ager and club sec­re­tary I saw many play­ers come and go, but very few of them stick in my mind as much as Owain Bought­wood.

“I first no­ticed Owain in a Kent Youth League fix­ture when my Ash­ford side were play­ing Owain’s Folke­stone In­victa side as un­der-15s. In my opin­ion Owain was the stand­out player in that side – he had good pace and a lethal left foot, and was very strong on the ball.

“The qual­ity that stood out for me though was his per­son­al­ity and tem­per­a­ment. To­wards the end of that game Owain was the vic­tim of a bad chal­lenge from one of the Ash­ford lads and had to be car­ried off with a nasty an­kle in­jury.

“After the game Owain was one of the first to con­grat­u­late Ash­ford on their vic­tory and he and the of­fender shook hands with no mal­ice shown what­so­ever, de­spite Owain fac­ing a lengthy lay-off.

“Ash­ford went on to win the league that sea­son but it was ob­vi­ous that to de­fend our ti­tle as un­der-16s we would have to strengthen our team and both my­self and my as­sis­tant Jon Lan­caster agreed that Owain would fit in per­fectly.

“Luck­ily Owain had been se­lected for the Kent side and knew a few of my play­ers, so they chat­ted him up for me and he signed for Ash­ford.

“Owain stayed with us un­til we fin­ished as un­der-18s and helped us to the run­ners-up spot in the Kent Youth League two years run­ning.

“He soon be­came a tar­get for the op­po­si­tion and after each scyth­ing chal­lenge he would get up, brush him­self down and carry on.

“Owain was awarded the player of the year tro­phy after our fi­nal sea­son as un­der-18s.

“I speak on be­half of ev­ery­one at Ash­ford United and all of Owain’s ex-team­mates in of­fer­ing our sin­cere con­do­lences to Owain’s fam­ily and friends at this sad time. RIP Owain, you will be sadly missed.”

Andy Found

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