A MEMORIAL football match is set to take place to remember “a legend” of the game in Basingstoke.
In February, the former chairman of Basingstok e and District Football League Barrie Hiscock passed away at the age of 82.
He was described as “Mr Football” and immersed himself within the non-league game as a footballer, manager, referee and chairman.
To celebrate his influence on the game, a charity match between two of his beloved Headley Football Club teams will take place next month.
Dave Hawkins, who has helped arrange the match, said Barrie was “instrumental” in building the game in the borough.
He said: “I will always remember him. He once kept my cool and told me to keep focused on the game after an incident and since then I have always tried to enjoy the game.
“I never thanked Barrie enough for that.
“It’ s a fitting way to remember Barrie because he loved his football so much.
“We’re getting a team together from some of the old Headley FC players [Barrie was once chairman of the club until it folded] and hope that it will be a good afternoon.”
The match will take place in Thornford Road, between Newbury and Kingsclere.
Funds will be collected to go to a range of charities that were close to Barrie’s heart – including St Michael’s Hospice.
A raffle will then take place after the match at The Fieldgate Centre, Kingsclere.
At the time of Barrie’s passing, key figures in the game spoke of their gratitude for the 82-year-old’s contribution to the game.
Friend and president of the league Peter Raynbird said: “He was so passionate – he never missed a final of the Hampshire FA Cup and was dedicated to football.”
The match will take place from 2pm on May 20.
Organisers are asking for contributions to the raffle and for any donations to help support the match’s charity push.
To find out more or contribute contact Dave on 07393176083.