Staines honour departed clubman with a five-star show
STAINES Town paid a glowing tribute to clubman Graham Gould with a 5-0 trouncing of Kingstonian in the Isthmian League Premier Division on Saturday.
The fans had earlier honoured Gould with a minute’s applause and marked his corner in style with a banner.
The club directors, management, staff and players were deeply saddened by the loss of a club stalwart at the age of 65 and he will forever be remembered as the man responsible for arguably the best playing surface in non-league football.
On Graham’s beloved pitch Staines took their home tally to 11 goals in two games [12-1 for the campaign] to send the Swans charging into second place behind Harrow Borough in the table.
Swans started with Lewis Driver and Tom Gilbey in a change from the previous Tuesday evening, showing the strength in numbers manager Johnson Hippolyte has achieved this year.
Mo Bettamer opened the scoring on 20 minutes and Max Worsfold and Elliot Buchanan added one each just before the break to put the Swans in complete control at half-time.
As the second half started fans were wondering if it would be a carbon copy of the previous Tuesday’s 6-0 demolition of newly-promoted Tooting & Mitcham. But it was not quite to be.
It was not until the last few minutes that substitutes Tom Collins and Jonathan Hippolyte added to the scoreboard to put the gloss on a five-star performance at home.
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