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Berrow Football Club 50th anniversary

The rekindled Berrow Football Club, marked their 50th anniversary last Sunday 18 August with a  successful and well supported family fun day.

With a fully stocked bar, BBQ and the weather largely being kind to all that attended, the day was a fantastic success.

They kicked the day off by thanking their sponsors for their help in the resurrection of the club. The main attraction of the day was the Berrow FC XI Vs Berrow Legends game for the Colin Dyer Trophy. Both sides showcased the new kits kindly supplied by sponsors Eric May of May Roofing, Malcolm Greenhalgh of Incyte International, Sarah Glaysher of Prim N Proper and Tony Glaysher of Glayshers landscaping.

The game was extremely competitive with the youthful Berrow XI side running out 3-2 winners. Berrow XI dominated early proceedings, however it was the Legends, led by the evergreen Ryan McErlain, who took the lead when Will Conway latched on to Steve Warren’s assist. The Legends used the ball intelligently to move around their youthful opposition and had them chasing shadows for long periods; they forced two good saves from the opposition keeper Chris Warner, most noticeably a stunning save from an equally stunning volley from Berrow’s 2nd all-time top scorer Dave Keirle.

The young Berrow side weathered the storm and, on the stroke of half time, Ben Hemingway-Arnold hit an absolute thunderbolt from 30 yards which rattled the bar before ricocheting in. The second half was mainly one way traffic with Legends’ keeper Ian Puddy keeping them in the game. However, he was left helpless when Mark Bennett hit an unstoppable strike into the top corner. The trophy was all but won when Morgan Sealey curled a free kick past Puddy but the legends had the final say when all-time top scorer Simon Baunton rolled back the years to confidently tuck the ball past Warner with 5 minutes remaining. The Dyer family chose Chris Warner as the first recipient of the Dyer family trophy for man of the match; not only for his performance in goal but for his efforts in organising the day. After the game the Dyer family presented the trophy to the winning captain Tom Edwards. In turn the club presented Colin Dyer’s wife Carol with a personalised Berrow shirt to mark 50 years of the club’s birth.

The club raised £300 for the Dyer families chosen charities Macmillan and Marie Curie. Organiser Chris Warner says; ‘As a club we would like to formally thank everyone that attended and donated, on the day. We would also like to thank the local businesses who donated hundreds of pounds worth of prizes including the team at Unique Hair and Beauty, CRS, Nick Tolley photography, Superchips, Costa Coffee, Flutterby & Ritz Cinema

Photos by Mike Lang

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