Mother of young Royston sports star who died ‘touched’ after charity match arranged in his name
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The mother of a Royston sporting hero who died suddenly in October says she is touched that his friends have organised a charity football match in his name.
Popular sales director Paul Webb was struck down by the rare condition viral myocarditis at the age of just 38, leaving a wife and three young daughters.
His friends, led by Jason Mannion, have now rallied together to organise the Paul Webb Celebration Match in the former Royston Town footballer’s memory, with the proceeds going to his family.
Paul’s mother Nita said: “It doesn’t seem possible that I am having to comment on a memorial match for my son.
“The family are greatly touched by the fact that this match has been arranged. Paul would feel honoured.
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“He was a very talented and competitive player, and never failed to be excited before a match. He was passionate about Royston Town, and loyal to Royston Heath – he played for them weekly even after he had moved to Northampton. Paul introduced younger players to the team and encouraged them.
“I watched Paul play for the Heath in their final match, winning the Sunday league final against Cambridge in 2006. After that he hung up his boots and took up the triathlon.”
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Paul was such a talented triathlete that he competed in the World Championships in 2012 and the European Championships in June last year, where he crossed the line in 15th place.
The match between The Mighty Heath Sports and Royston Town Legends is being held on Friday, May 8, at Royston Town FC, with a 7.30pm kick off. Admission is £3 for adults and 50p for children.
Nita added: “I hope there will be a good turnout for this memorial match, and that old friends will support it. I am very grateful to Jason and Royston Town.”
Jason said: “This match is a fitting way to celebrate, remember and raise money for Team Webb in Paul’s memory.”
There will be a barbecue and raffle on the night. Jason is calling on people to donate raffle prizes to the cause. If you are interested in finding out more about the match, search The Paul Webb Memorial Trophy on Facebook.