Many thanks to the seventy plus players who supported the game and gave an afternoon's enjoyable entertainment to a sizeable gathering of spectators in order to aid a most worthy cause. The exact sum raised for British Heart Foundation Dan Taylor has now calculated was £3791.51
The score line was incidental, as both teams played the game in the correct spirit for a memorial game - competitive without overstepping the mark.
Some of the Stockton squad had not donned their boots for several seasons,but did so in order to honour Rick's memory.
Four separate twenty-five minute sessions meant everyone had a decent run out(or walk , in some cases)- from Sean & Liam our 18 year olds, to Jimmy our 70 plus year old.
Mention must be made of our very own Carl Hall and our new Treasurer Nick Moore for officiating in exactly the right way, and of course Mike Appleton,(in full summer plumage), for running touch.
Dave Willets, a former Stockton prop now based in Toronto (the one in Canada, not the one north of Bishop Auckland!) - and a friend of Rick's for thirty plus years despite the distance - made a moving speech and then managed the raffle superbly - surely you could have squeezed the meat hamper into your hand luggage, Dave?.
The piece de resistance of the formal part of the evening was Mike Appleton's auctioneering of the excellent array of donated prizes which brought in much needed funds for the British Heart Foundation.
For those that are interested, the final score was Stockton Select 55: Acklam 22
And the craic in the bar continued til late- as Rick would have wanted.