Big turnout to pay tribute to popular local football star

Father-of-two Andrew Brown
Father-of-two Andrew Brown
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Hundreds of people have gathered at a special series of football matches held to honour a popular local man who died last month.

Andrew Brown, the manager of Stanion Quantum Print FC and a former player for a host of local clubs, passed away on November 27 at his Corby home.

Friends and family of he 32-year-old, who was known as Brownie, organised the tournament, which was opened by mayor Mohammed Rahman at Corby Town’s Steel Park on Sunday, December 16, and pitted teams made up of his friends against players he managed.

A raffle, which included four nights’ accommodation in Sicily and a signed England rugby ball among the prizes, was then held at the neighbouring Best Western Hotel.

Andy Norman, a reserve team coach at Stanion Quantum Print FC, said the event, known as the Andrew Brown Memorial Cup, had been a success, and also said he hoped the club would be able to do more to help Brownie’s family, including his wife Leanne and young daughters Marni and Bella.

Mr Norman added: “We were all absolutely devastated [by Andrew’s death]. We will do whatever we can to help.”

More than 500 people were estimated to have bought tickets for the football. Tickets cost £5, with all proceeds helping Brownie’s family.

Organisers have thanked all who helped make the day – which is hoped to become an annual event – a success, including Corby Town FC, the Best Western Hotel and Quantum Print.