Wroxham FC pay tribute to team-mate Liam at Norwich City testimonial
PUBLISHED: 09:53 02 August 2012
Friends and footballers gathered last night to remember young goalkeeper Liam Still.
His former team-mates at Wroxham FC welcomed a Norwich City under-21 XI for a match to raise money for the unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge which treated Liam before his death on May 24, following a road crash.
Before the match, Liam’s parents Richard and Amanda were presented with a commemorative shirt from the club, and there was a Q&A with Canaries stars including Dale Gordon and Scott Howie, and a demonstration from Old Catton Juniors.
There was also a one minute silence in memory of Liam before the kick-off.
About 400 people watched the match at Trafford Park, Wroxham. The game finished in a 0-0 draw.
Ms Still said the club’s decision to donate the money from the game, originally a testimonial for stalwart Gavin Pauling, was “a fantastic gesture”.
Ms Still, of Sprowston, near Norwich, said: “The football game meant a lot to us – what better tribute can you have than Liam’s team playing for him.
“It has been fantastic. The turnout was brilliant and the weather was good to us too.”
She added: “We hope that we will raise a lot of money from the match, and the fact it will all be going to Addenbrooke’s is great.”
Gavin, 40, for whom the match was originally a testimonial, began his career as a Norwich City trainee before going on to spend 20 years with the Yachtsmen, where he has picked up silverware and played at Wembley at the ripe old age of 38.
A spokesman for Norwich City said: “We are delighted to be sending a team to Wroxham for Gavin Pauling’s testimonial match and congratulate him on 20 years’ service at Trafford Park.
“We also wish everyone at Wroxham Football Club every success with their fundraising efforts for Addenbrooke’s in memory of their former goalkeeper Liam Still.”