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A fitting tribute

Posted on May 18 2012 at 11:30:51

A minute's applause

More than 1,300 people watched a charity football match between family and friends of Pete Rippington, captained by his son and daughter at Alvechurch FC.

A fantastic crowd of more than 1,300 people packed around the pitch at Alvechurch Football Club for the Pete Rippington Memorial Match.

The event raised more than £3,000 for charity as the teams of family and friends played to a level that would have made Mr Rip proud.

Amy’s Athletes, captained by his daughter, and Max’s Mathematicians, led by his son, featured some really good footballers, some who were good some years ago and some who have probably not kicked a ball since they spent their days in short trousers.

But the match was well contested, with Max’s side the eventual 7-4 winners, despite a fantastic goal from the penalty spot by Amy.

Pete’s wife, Sharon, thanked everyone who attended the event and all of the local businesses and organisations who supported it or donated raffle prizes, including: Gavin Townsend for sponsoring the event, Aston Villa Football Club, West Bromwich Albion Football Club, The Abbey Hotel, The Beauty Box, Kings Norton Golf Club, The Barnt Green Inn, The Red Lion, The Queen Vic, The Hopwood House, Thomas Brothers Funeral Directors, John Foster & Printmonster.co.uk, Alvechurch Football Club, Alvechurch C of E Middle School Cheerleaders, The Dilshad and Aura Floreo.

Sharon also said there were three unclaimed raffle prizes: Pink 398 and White 212, each for an Indulgence Day at Abbey Hotel Health Club, and Pink 395 for a meal for four at Hopwood House. Winners can contact Sharon via The Village.

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