Stevenage memorial football match a ‘fitting tribute’ to Knebworth and Stotfold coach

A memorial game organised in honour of former Knebworth manager Tony Lamacraft raised £700.

A memorial game organised in honour of former Knebworth manager Tony Lamacraft raised £700. - Credit: Archant

A memorial match held in honour of a football coach has raised £700 for charity.

Flowers left for Tony Lamacraft at Stotfold FC

Flowers left for Tony Lamacraft at Stotfold FC - Credit: Archant

The game was held on Sunday to remember Tony Lamacraft, who died in July at the age of 51.

Mr Lamacraft, who lived in Stevenage, had been working as a coach for Stotfold FC when he collapsed in the club’s car park and went into cardiac arrest after a pre-season friendly.

Tributes were paid by a number of his former clubs, which include Knebworth FC where he was manager, Hitchin Town and Langford FC.

Sunday’s memorial match was held at Marriotts Sports Centre in Stevenage and saw about 30 players compete in front of more than 70 supporters.

Tony Lamacraft died following a pre-season friendly on Saturday

Tony Lamacraft died following a pre-season friendly on Saturday - Credit: Archant


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Friend and former football player Frazer Triggs organised the event.

The 33-year-old said: “There were lots of old faces spanning all the years Tony was in charge at Knebworth as well as plenty of supporters who all enjoyed some good – and bad! – football played by both teams.

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“I’d like to thank all who came down and supported the day.

“It was a sad moment but everyone was having a laugh and reminiscing, and it was a good, positive day.

“There were smiles all round and it really was a fitting way to celebrate Tony’s life.”

The money will now be passed on to Tony’s son Glen who is running the 2015 London Marathon in April to raise more funds for the British Heart Foundation.

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/Glen-Lamacraft

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