Footy match in memory of much-loved village teen

A FOOTBALL game was held on Saturday in memory of a much-loved teenager from Claverham who drowned while on holiday with friends.

Exactly a year after 19-year-old Rob Burnett died in Majorca, his younger brother Jonny and friends Jake Bryant and Jay Coupland organised a match between Rob’s friends and family.

Many gathered at the Greenfield Crescent in Nailsea to watch Rob’s Yatton XI and Rob’s Wrington XI teams go head-to-head.

Jonny said: “We wanted to show that Rob will never be forgotten, we are thinking of him and he would have liked what we were doing for him.

“Everyone loved Rob and it was about getting people together that knew him.”

The teams drew at 5-5 but Rob’s Yatton XI side scooped the trophy after a sudden death penalty shoot-out.

Jonny said about 150 spectators turned up and about 200 people then attended the Prince of Orange pub in Yatton afterwards.

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The High Street pub offered free jukebox tunes and food and the barmaids donated their wages towards a big bouquet of flowers for Rob’s mum Helen.

A further �225 was raised for Yatton Junior Football Club.

Rob’s cousin Dan Burnett helped get together the Wrington team and many of Rob’s friends and family went for a meal the night before in his memory.

Jonny added: “I want to thank everyone who came along and who helped organise the match.

“It went really well, we were pleased with it and we are hoping to make it an annual thing – and to make it bigger and better each year.”

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