Friends rally round in support of Maccabi stalwart Barry Lampert
FOOTBALL THE football community came together to support Barry Lampert who suffered a major stroke last year.
An event inspired by life-long friend Daryl Spalter saw 16 teams compete for the Barry “back door” Trophy in a seven-a-side tournament at Rowley Lane, organised by Ian Leader — Barry’s friend and fellow footballer for the past 30 years.
There was a mixture of young and older players as well as two walking football teams. In the region of 250 people featured along with friends and family of Lampert, who was supported by his carers and therapists.
The final match featured the Beavers, who included former Portsmouth and Maccabi Haifa striker Yakubu in their line-up, and Ben Lampert’s team. It was a closely fought game until the floodlights went out as the tournament was running slightly over time. While it could have been arranged for the lights to be put back on for the last eight minutes, both teams agreed to share the trophy which was in keeping with the spirit of the evening. Leader said: “When Barry came down to the pitch with his family and support team there was a spontaneous standing ovation which was extremely moving and emotional. “Barry was anxious and apprehensive about attending the event but he had a fantastic evening and was smiling and laughing throughout.”
Barry Lampert with Yakubu