Woodley Sports Secretary Rod Haslam has made the following statement :-
“It saddens me to announce the sudden and untimely death yesterday of Neil Rourke, Woodley Sports FC Director. Neil was the instigator and founder of the Woodley Sports Football Club Youth Team, where he managed the team through its first two years before taking the team on to play in the Lancit Lancashire League.”
“In Management, Neil saw his teams win the Stockport Senior Cup, Cheshire Youth Cup & Cheshire County Cup. He was also involved in managing the Stockport & District FA Youth side, winning the Cheshire County District FA Youth Competition in 2007/2008.”
“The present Woodley side bears testament to his legacy with at least five current 1st team squad members starting out from his Youth side.”
“Everyone connected with Woodley Sports Football Club are deeply shocked by this news. Neil was a gentleman, caring, considerate and always willing to help, at only 40 years of age he will always be remembered for his contribution to Youth Football with the Stockport area.”
Here's a pic I took of Neil & Rod's Cheshire Senior Cup winning squad from last season when they beat Cheadle Heath Nomads at Edgeley Park - click on pic for bigger ....
RIP Neil - and sympathies to family and all at Woodley Sports from Smiffy..
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