The Football League Paper - - GRAHAM WESTLEY -

ON TUES­DAY night, we wit­nessed a truly re­mark­able evening at Steve­nage. A ben­e­fit match was or­gan­ised in mem­ory of Mitchell Cole. His wife and fam­ily were there and it was great to see them bear­ing up fol­low­ing Mitch’s tragic early death.

Present were a host of Pre­mier League stars as Joe Cole or­gan­ised hisWest Ham team mates to sup­port the evening in hon­our of his brother-inl aw.

Andy Car­roll got bat­tered by the fans but en­joyed it and an­swered back with a goal; as, too, did James Collins.We are still look­ing for the balls that un­for­tu­nately left our ground; sus­pi­cions are that one caught the plane to Malaga and the other to Nice! There was a great sense of hu­mour, fun and love spread through­out the evening.The at­mos­phere was bril­liant with ev­ery­body in the ground play­ing their part. Mitch brought so much joy to so many peo­ple and his friends, fam­ily and play­ing mates were such nice peo­ple to meet.

As you min­gled in the whole oc­ca­sion, the sense of what good peo­ple his friends and fam­ily are re­ally came home to you. It takes a truly great bloke to know and be loved by so many good peo­ple. That was Mitchell Cole.

RIP Mitch.x

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