This new Stroud & District Youth Football League fixture will be played annually in memory of Nathan Smith who was tragically killed at the age of 18 in a road traffic accident in January 2011.
Nathan played for Golden Valley Rangers (GVR Chalford) throughout much of his youth starting in the under 8s team right up to the under 15s. He was a part of a team at GVR Chalford that won the Stroud & District league and cup double on a number of occasions and also reached the final of the Under 14 County Cup.
Nathan went to Stroud Valley Primary School and then on to Thomas Keble School in Stroud.
Nathan loved the outdoors and enjoyed playing and watching football, motocross and fishing. His dad Neville said: “Nathan’s first love was football, he started playing when he was 8 years old, he was really dedicated.”
He also played for Forest Green Rovers under 14s, Stroud Town FC under 16s to under 18s and Stonehouse Town under 18s. As a younger player he was also involved with the Bristol Rovers Academy.
Nathan’s parents, Neville and Tracey, have provided an impressive trophy that will be contested on an annual basis between the league champions and cup winners from the previous season’s under 12’s league.
As league runners up last season Wickwar are proud to be participating in the inaugural fixture against league and cup double winners, Kings Stanley.
Neville and Tracey Smith will present the winning team with the trophy and commemorative medals will be awarded to the players of both teams.
The match is being played on the Kings Stanley senior team pitch on Sunday, February 10th, kick off 2pm.
It would be great if we could generate a good following so please come along and support the Wickwar boys in this very special game.