FOREST AFC has issued a statement thanking the community for its support following the unexpected death of the club’s manager Stephen Wakefield last month.
The team play their first home game since Stephen’s death on Sunday 13th December, and are hoping local people will turn out to support them and take part in a minute’s silence before the game.
Club chairman Ben Johnson said, “We would really like to see as many people as possible come to watch and support us at our first home game since we lost our founder.
“Kick off is at 10.45am when we will have a minute’s silence and try to win the game for Wacker.
“It’s been so nice to see all the community pull together recently and I’d like to thank the following on behalf of the club;
“Firstly the players and their partners for all their hard work on and off the field throughout this emotional time. To The Cobblers Bench for engraving our trophy for the Wacker cup, and Embroidery in town for printing a shirt with Wacker’s name on the back. The MOT Centre for offering to buy the Wacker trophy for us to keep. Vic Oakman for his continued support for the club. Forest launderette for help with washing the kit after games. Manny from the FA who has been on the phone at any point to help the team. Melksham AFC for their kind words and offers of support. Ian and Sam for stepping up to help manage the club while we get back on our feet again.
“And lastly to Wacker. A huge thank you for bringing us together to make this great club. You are missed dearly by us all and we will play every game with you in our heart and minds. Our thoughts are with Alison, his lovely partner, at this hard time; she is always welcome at the club Wacker built. Thank you all.”
Forest AFC play at Forest Community Centre off Bowman’s Court.