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Football tournament celebrates Poole Borough captain Shane Stanley
A SIX-A-SIDE football tournament in memory of Poole Borough captain Shane Stanley took place in glorious sunshine on Saturday.
Hundreds of spectators wat-ched as 32 teams battled it out in the Stanley Cup at Turlin Moor Recreation Ground.
The father-of-three, who died from a cardiac arrest in January, aged 31, was also a former player of Hamworthy Royal British Legion Club.
At the start of the event, a memorial bench overlooking the pitch where Shane used to play was unveiled by his wife Vikki, their three children Connor, 14, Ellie, 12, and Josh, 11 and former AFC Bourne-mouth and Manchester United footballer Russell Beardsmore.
Steve Collinson, former manager of Hamworthy RBL, said it was the perfect tribute to Shane.
He said: “His face would have lit-up today. He couldn’t do enough for other people and we all feel the same for him.”
He added: “The club disbanded a few years ago but the players all came back for Shane.”
The event raised thousands of pounds for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), which raises awareness of potentially life-threatening heart abnormalities in young people and promotes screening.
Shane’s eldest son Connor said he was “very proud” the event had come together.
He added: “I just want to thank everybody who has come out today to support us and show their love for my dad.”
Describing her son as a “ray of sunshine,” Shane’s mother Sue Stanley added: “He’s probably looking over us now with a great big smile on his face.”
Shane’s wife Vikki thanked those who helped organise the event. “We’re hoping to raise enough for a screening day with CRY where people can be screened for heart defects for free, which costs around £8,000,” she added.
Dorset representative of CRY Maureen Cooke, who officially opened the tournament, said: “Twelve healthy, young, fit and athletic people die every week because of undiagnosed heart abnormalities.”
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