Friends rally round in sup­port of Mac­cabi stal­wart Barry Lam­pert

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY JC RE­PORTER

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

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