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Russell remembered before teams battle it out in Lowestoft League cup final

PUBLISHED: 08:48 12 May 2017

Mick Johnson Cup KO winners Mutford and Wrentham FC. Pictures: Mick Howes

Mick Johnson Cup KO winners Mutford and Wrentham FC. Pictures: Mick Howes

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The Lowestoft and District League held their Mike Johnson Knock-Out cup final at Kirkley & Pakefield.

Mutford and Wrentham secured a ‘double, double’, having won both the league and cup last year and secured the Division One title after remaining unbeaten in 2016/17.

They beat fellow Division One side First & Last 3-0 in the final.

Before kick off, a minute’s silence was observed in memory of Russell Brown, who had passed away the previous day. Russell played football for several local teams, he also became a referee and was a real character, full of life, full of fun, and will will be sorely missed.

The game was played in an extremely good manner throughout, with Mutford & Wrentham claiming the spoils.

Chris Healey opened the scoring and Ryan Grimmer added another before half-time. The third goal came from Ollie Hall and the man-of-the-match award went to Mutford & Wrentham’s Ross Ayers.

First & Last put in a good performance and made a great contribution towards a sporting cup final.

The match officials, referee Steve Cole, assistants referees Gary High and Kevin Sherwood, along with fourth official Ivan Powell, were most complimentary towards all the players and their respective managers.

Before the teams were handed their trophies, some refereeing awards took place.

A special award from the National Referees’ Association was presented by Lowestoft and District RA President Dennis Meadows to Mick Leeds, for his most outstanding achievement of 50 years service as a referee.

Mick has previously received 50-year awards from the Football Association and also from the Lowestoft & District League.

Fifteen year service awards were presented to Gary High, Ivan Powell, Adrian Sannerude and Steve Cole.

Darryn Marsh, of Suffolk County FA, then presented the teams with their trophies.

A spokesman for the Lowestoft and District League, which is sponsored by Lauren Lou, in aid of Cancer Research UK – said: “Sincere thanks are due to Kirkley and Pakefield Football Club, to Darryn Marsh of Suffolk FA, to photographer Mick Howes and to members of the league committee, who ensured that the evening went ahead without any problems.”

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