Charity football match in memory of ex-coach
PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 August 2019 | UPDATED: 09:47 27 August 2019
A fundraising game was held in memory of a Clevedon man for the 'football club he loved' at the weekend.
Clevedon United Football Club stalwart Andy Iles' closest friends and family took part in a men's and women's match on Sunday.
The event raised £700 for a project to replace the club's eroding railings, which was organised by Andy's niece, Sarah Dunn.
Sarah said: "The games were all about remembering Andy, and raising vital funds for the football club he loved."
He was affectionately known as Iler and sadly lost his battle with cancer in July 2017.
He leaves behind his wife Carolyn and daughter Bethany.
Sarah said: "The firewalk we organised in February raised £10,000 for the hospice which cared for Andy.
"Now, we need to raise money to future-proof the club. Clevedon United is an FA Chartered Standard Football Club at Level 7, which plays in the Somerset County League's Premier Division.
"To continue to play at this level, we need to keep our ground up-together, which includes the upkeep of the railings, which, sadly, are eroding.
"We have sold around 30-40 advertising boards to raise money to repair both this and the dugouts, which shelter substitutes at the side of football pitch when not playing, are falling apart.
"This is important, because the club doesn't receive regular funding and it can be quite hard to keep it running.
"If we don't replace the railings we will get fined, and this has prompted us to organise the match and launch this project.
"The funds will help to secure vital income for this amazing grassroots football club's future so it can continue for another 46 years and beyond."
Clevedon United was formed in 1973 and original members played alongside their sons in the charity match. Sarah says the youngsters are 'the future of the club'.
The project will cost around £18,000, and so far the group has raised just under £8,000.
Clevedon United gave its thanks to the town's Tesco, which provided food for the event's barbecue, and Piers McBride who sang on the day.
To find out more about the project and to donate money to the cause, visit www.gofundme.com/f/clevedon-utd-fc