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Thamesmead schools battle it out in annual football tournament
FOOTBALL fever came to Thamesmead as youngsters from 14 primary schools went head to head in an annual football tournament.
After a fiercely fought day of matches, the team from St Margaret Clitherow Primary School were crowned the champions of the Matthew Clarke Memorial Tournament.
They beat a team from Boxgrove Primary School 1-0 in a closely contested final.
The tournament has been held for the past 14 years in memory of former Thamesmead Town footballer and Saint John Fisher Catholic Primary School pupil Matthew Clarke, who died in 1999 from cancer.
Sports development officer at Sporting Club Thamesmead Dan Wells said: “The annual tournament really does justice in keeping the memory of Matthew Clarke alive.
“We’d like to thank Matthew’s mum, Marcy, who supports the event every year as well as the schools for participating – without them there wouldn’t be a contest.”
Former Liverpool, Sunderland and Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Bob Bolder presented medals to all the youngsters.
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