SPE­CIAL DAY TO RE­MEM­BER FOR STONES FANS

ME­MO­RIAL TO BE UN­VEILED TO MARK ARMISTICE DAY

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - Front Page -

WEALD­STONE FC will com­mem­o­rate the Cen­te­nary of the Armistice of the Great War (1918-2018) by re­mem­ber­ing those mem­bers of the club who died in the ser­vice of their coun­try.

In 1922, the orig­i­nal foot­ball club Me­mo­rial Stone was un­veiled at their home ground, Lower Mead, in Weald­stone, which stood for a num­ber of years.

It was added to af­ter the Sec­ond World War and was even­tu­ally moved as the ground de­vel­oped, fi­nally rest­ing in a small grassed area ad­ja­cent to the sec­re­tary’s of­fice.

How­ever, when the ground was va­cated and de­mol­ished in 1991-92, the dam­aged stone was lost for­ever.

Now, a new me­mo­rial will be pre­sented to the club be­fore the match with Bath City on Satur­day.

This new me­mo­rial has been kept as a well-guarded se­cret dur­ing 18 months of de­sign and man­u­fac­ture and will take the form of a stained and fused glass panel fea­tur­ing sol­diers in a field of pop­pies.

Made by artist Amy Mc­Carthy to a de­sign de­vel­oped by a small band of fans, the panel has also been mounted in a back-lit frame which, made from re­cov­ered oak and cor­ru­gated iron, is a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a Great War trench en­clo­sure.

It will be pre­sented on the pitch to chair­man Peter Mars­den and club pres­i­dent Paul Ru­mens by Weald­stone fans Andy Gibbs (Royal Navy) and Sam Mor­ris (Army).

The Weald­stone team, with per­mis­sion from the league and GPF Lewis the club spon­sors, as well as Bath City, will play in a replica of the 1919 Weald­stone kit.

Mean­while, Weald­stone con­ceded a last-minute goal to Welling United to draw 1-1 in Na­tional League South af­ter Danny Mills had put them in front.

Man­ager Bobby Wilkin­son said: “It was dis­ap­point­ing not to win it given the team played their hearts out.

“My team is be­ing ripped apart through in­juries but the play­ers will keep fight­ing and keep work­ing hard.

“We worked on not break­ing the shape and let­ting them have the ball. Maybe I’m too greedy be­cause it’s a great point. We were im­mense try­ing to win this game of foot­ball.”

Wilkin­son added: “We have bat­tled with half a com­pleted side but we haven’t com­plained.

“Glenn Wil­son was a rock and one thing I’ve learned is that if we give ev­ery­thing, the fans will give us the sup­port they did here. I’m very proud of the boys.”

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