It’s stand and de­liver as Lions im­prove home

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JOSH JACK­MAN

Lions and Ar­se­nal play­ers and of­fi­cials in front of the Alan Mattey stand — part of a £330,000 de­vel­op­ment

THE OPEN­ING of a 200-seater stand at Mac­cabi Lon­don Lions’ Al­pha Sta­dium in Bar­net was cel­e­brated with a game against an Ar­se­nal Char­ity XI in­clud­ing for­mer first-team­ers Chris Whyte and Jimmy Carter.

Watched by a crowd of more than 400, the Ar­se­nal side won 7-3 against a Lions team. The 37 Lions who took some part in the match in­cluded Daniel and Jack Mattey, sons of the late Alan Mattey, in whose mem­ory the stand is named.

A £330,000 de­vel­op­ment scheme has also in­cluded new flood­lights, turn­stiles, stand­ing ar­eas, fenc­ing and re­fur­bished chang­ing rooms.

Lions chair­man Andy Lan­des­berg said the sta­dium looked “in­cred­i­ble” with a full house on open­ing night. “Ev­ery­one wanted to be part of it — play­ers, fam­i­lies and sup­port­ers.”

Alan Mattey’s widow, Leanne, do­nated £150,000 to the pro­ject. The Kyte and Lan­des­berg fam­i­lies also con­trib­uted and more than £86,000 came from the Premier League’s Football Sta­dia Im­prove­ment Fund.

Mr Lan­des­berg said the en­hance­ments were “about de­liv­er­ing some­thing as­pi­ra­tional to the kids”. For the first team, rid­ing high in the Herts Se­nior County Premier League, he added: “We can grow at the speed we are com­fort­able with and that’s im­por­tant.”

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