This cup is in memory of Anthony John Ryan, who played for the Penwith College Community Football team before he suffered a fatal motorbike accident when on holiday in Thailand. As a mark of respect the teams observed a minutes silence before the game began.
Steve Piff, Team Manager said, “Anthony was a popular member of the team and an excellent football player. It is wholly fitting that we play this fixture in honour of his memory and are pleased to welcome Anthony’s brother Aaron as a guest player tonight. It has been incredible how the Cornish footballing family has pulled together to create this memorial cup event.”
This cup match will become an annual fixture as one of the end of season games in the Trelawney Flexi League programme. At this first event the cup was presented to the winners, Penwith College Community Football team, by Anthony’s mum. The Penwith team had a comfortable 5-1 win.
This match also coincides with the Penwith College team being awarded the FA Charter Standard Award. Steve Carpenter from CCFA made the presentation to the College team and Team Manager Steve Piff from Penwith College.
Steve said, “As a club at grassroots level it is important to us to have been accredited with this standard as it demonstrates that we uphold the values recognised by the FA relating to the players, coaches, officials and supporters. We offer a place where everyone can enjoy football and actively encourage our college students to get involved in not only football but many other active sports as a way of complimenting their studies and adding to their health and wellbeing.”