Hundreds watch as Steel Park stand is renamed in honour of Corby hero James

The James Ashworth VC Memorial Stand at Corby Town Football Club
The James Ashworth VC Memorial Stand at Corby Town Football Club

Hundreds of people watched as a stand at Corby Town Football Club’s ground was renamed in honour of hero Lance Corporal James Ashworth.

The ceremony was held on Saturday (July 12) before the start of a fundraising football tournament for The Ashworth Cup.

Members of Lance Corporal Ashworth’s family, representatives of Corby Royal British Legion, veterans’ associations, the Armed Forces, players and spectators were welcomed to the ground by James Saunders Watson of Rockingham Castle.

Corby MP Andy Sawford, who also attended the event, said: “This is an important day for Corby Town Football Club and for the whole community.

“Corby is an incredible town with an amazing spirit and James embodied that spirit.

“He was a football fan and we will always think of him here.”

After two minutes silence, Lance Corporal Ashworth’s mum Kerry officially opened The James Ashworth VC Memorial Stand.

The former pupil of Lodge Park Academy, Corby, was killed in Afghanistan on June 13, 2012, as he led his fire team in an attack on an enemy-held compound.

He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

Funds from the football tournament will go to two charities selected by Kerry; Macy’s Memory and Blesma, a charity which supports limbless servicemen and women and their families.

More than 40 teams took part in the tournament, including players from the Grenadier Guards, Lane Corporal Ashworth’s regiment, who presented Kerry with a signed souvenir football shirt.

Organisers of the event thanked the sponsors, Brunel Signs, Tata Steel and Quantum Print, as well as the directors, staff and volunteers at Corby Town Football Club.