14/5/2017: Dave Bambridge Memorial Cup in aid of Cancer Research UK

This was the inaugural tournament for the Dave Bambridge Memorial Cup.  BayCity Strollers donated the cup, which was in memory of Dave, a firefighter and local goalkeeper who played for Ramsgate FC and Margate FC and who sadly passed away in 2009 after a four-year battle with leukaemia.

Originally envisaging a handful of local teams, we were delighted by the response with 17 teams taking part from across London and the South East. BayPoint kindly hosted the tournament, and three 6-a-side grass pitches were set up.  Despite difficulties with over-large penalty areas and small goals (which kept the scores down!), the tournament was huge fun and highly successful.

BayCity Strollers fielded 3 teams – an achievement in itself – one of which finished in second place in Group A.  The final was between Uxbridge and Dagenham & Redbridge, with Uxbridge running out winners on penalties.  Members of Dave Bambridge’s family attended the event and awarded the cup at the end.

After a busy afternoon of football, with a multi-prize raffle, a cake stall, fire engine and BBQ, a total of well over £500 was raised for Cancer Research UK.  We’re hoping to repeat the event in 2018 ……. with smaller penalty areas!


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