Football memorial game in honour of Chipping Norton man Shaun Weller nets £3,000

First published in News by , Witney Reporter

A FOOTBALL match held in memory of a young man who died aged just 22 raised £3,000 for the Oxford Cancer Research Centre.

Chipping Norton FC were beaten 5-0 by an Oxford United Legends team in the third annual Shaun Weller memorial match on Sunday.

Mr Weller, inset, who played for Chipping Norton, died of liver cancer in May 2012.

As well as the match, the event featured a crossbar challenge, penalty shoot-out, face painting, tombola and raffle.

Mr Weller’s four-year-old daughter, Tiana-May Weller-Clarke, let off a balloon to mark the start of the game.

Former Oxford United players taking part included Mike Ford, who was sacked as Oxford City manager last summer, Les Phillips, Les Robinson and Chris Allen.

Organiser Lisa Cozier, a friend of Mr Weller’s family, said: “It was a brilliant day, with about 500 people turning up, which shows how valued he was.

“All his family were there, including his mum, dad, grandparents and fiancee, and they were very touched by it.”

Chipping Norton FC secretary Paul Watson, who played in the match, said: “There was a good crowd and atmosphere.

“Oxford gave us the runaround but it was brilliant to play in the game.”

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