A charity game to take place at Brimscombe & Thrupp in April is to be dedicated to the late Stonehouse Town Assistant Manager Nick Ackland, who passed away last week.
The game, to take place at The Meadow on Saturday 27th April was set to take place between a Brimscombe & Thrupp Veterans team and a Shortwood United Veterans team in honour of Brimscombe’s Assistant Manager Tim Wilkins’ 40 year anniversary in senior football.
However Wilkins has confirmed on social media this evening that the game, which will be raising money for Longfield Hospice in Stroud, will now be played between a Brimscombe & Thrupp Veterans side and a Stonehouse Town Veterans team.
Wilkins has spoke to Severn Sport about the game and he told us that the decision to dedicate the game to Ackland’s memory was an easy one to make.
“My memories of Nick were one of somebody who always kept fit. You would always see him out running, or walking his dogs. He was passionate about local football and all the accolades that he been broadcast on social media have been accurate.
Nick was a truly lovely man who will be sorely missed. I am hoping this will be a fitting tribute to him.” Wilkins added.
Wilkins has also confirmed that the game will kick off at 12:30 on the 27th April. More details will be announced when we have them.
The whole local footballing community in Gloucestershire has come together to honour Ackland since his passing was confirmed and Severn Sport would like to add their condolences to his family and loved ones.
Despite having never met Nick, it is clear that he meant a lot to everyone he interacted with and has had an impact on raising the profile of local football. He will be sorely missed.