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Runcorn footballers keep Josh's memory alive
Block FOOTBALLERS have paid tribute to a Runcorn engineering student who died ‘chasing his dream’ in Australia.
Josh Furber, aged 20, from Beechwood, fell 300ft from a waterfall in January, whilst on a gap year from university.
Bpr Leiria junior football club, the first team Josh joined when he was 10, played a testimonial match for his old team mates.
Secretary Julie Cole said: “Josh was one of the very first original players. He would give up his much loved season ticket to Manchester United if he had a game.
“His mum, Jayne, his nan, or sisters, Danielle or Beth would be there to cheer us on come rain or shine.
“The club wanted to remember and honour Josh and have a trophy introduced to give out each year to a player.”
Alex Stone Kinsella was the first player to receive the trophy from Josh’s parents, Jayne and Mark.
Club manager Andy Cole said: “Alex was chosen by us as he shows so much of the same commitments and dedication to his team that Josh did.
“Alex was so ill one day and after hearing that we only had eight men due to illness and injury, he still got there and although an outfielder, he went in goal to help out.
“He always listens to his coach and wants to improve all the time and is a great team player.”
Josh’s mum, Jayne said: “We were so thrilled when we were asked by the club if we would mind if they presented an annual award for loyalty, commitment and dedication in Josh's honour.
“It is so fitting, as these attributes are ones that Josh displayed not only throughout his time at the club, but in all aspects of his life.
“We were so very proud to present the 'Josh Furber Testimonial Trophy' to Alex Stone Kinsella.
“Josh would be fist-pumping at the honour. We look forward to seeing this event rolled out annually on an ever increasing scale.
“Thank you so much to the Club and to everyone who took part.
"Yet again, we are so proud and pleased to know the impact Josh had and still does have on people's lives. It shows by you all being here and is a testament to him."
The club has welcomed Seddon Homes, which recently built the new Mosaic homes in Halton Brook, to become their new sponsor. They have provided a kit for the under 11s and footballs for the team.
They also sponsored Josh's trophy and provided t-shirts.
Dennis Maddock, from Seddon Homes, said: "Seddon Homes are pleased to be a part of this testimonial match. To have met Jayne and Mark and Josh's family is a privilege."
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