Help needed for memorial football event

Andy Knight passed away in 2009. SUS-140527-120416001
Andy Knight passed away in 2009. SUS-140527-120416001

An annual football event that raises money for charity in memory of popular pre-school manager Andy Knight is appealing for support.

The Andy Knight Memorial Trophy started in 2009 after the father-of-four lost his battle with lung cancer and has so far raised more than £10,000 for the Children with Cancer Fund – a charity Andy fundraised for and one that was close to his heart.

The event will see ten veteran football teams enter the tournament to try and win the trophy, while people can also enjoy live music from local band Devil’s Queen, hot food and refreshments and an all-day bar. There will also be a raffle and tombola, stalls, a bouncy castle and a series of activities for children.

Andy was a huge sport fanatic with a particular interest in football and his beloved Arsenal Football Club. It was therefore quite appropriate the first ever winners of the Andy Knight Memorial Trophy was Knighty’s Gunners.

Andy, who was just 44-years-old when he died, was well-known on the local sport scene having spent years managing Sunday league pub teams before being a semi-professional level referee. He also played in the Eastbourne Pool League for more than 20 years.

Andy worked as a milkman, a window cleaner, manager of the Dinkum pub and a child-minder before he found his true vocation as a pre-school manager. It was here he established links with the Children with Cancer Fund.

As with any charity event, the family fun day, organised by Andy’s wife Trudi, relies on goodwill and donations. She is appealing for anybody to help in any way they can, whether it be through raffle or refreshment donations or sponsors.

Little Kickers is the main tournament sponsor this year but there are opportunities for companies to advertise in the match programme, as well as pitch sponsors.

For information or donations, please contact Trudi Knight on 01323 488551 or