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Annual Charity Football Match Raises Thousands for Cancer Charity

Article and Photographs: Jonathan White

A 2nd annual charity football match took place at the Mornflake Stadium, home of Crewe Alexandra Football Club, on Gresty Road in Crewe on the evening of Sunday 24th April 2022.

The first match, last May 2021, was organised by Crewe Alexandra Football Club stadium announcer & lifelong fan, Andrew Scoffin, to raise funds for The Christie, one of the largest cancer treatment centres in Europe and an international leader in research. Sadly, Andrew Scoffin passed away last July after a long battle with cancer.

Andrew Scoffin when he was the Crewe Alexandra Football Club stadium announcer (photograph: Jonathan White)

This year’s match – named the ‘Andrew Scoffin Memorial Match’ – was organised by Andrew’s two sons, Ashley & Warren Scoffin and raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support, who support people with cancer: emotionally, physically, and financially.

The compere for the evening was Crewe Alex Stadium Announcer, John Rodgers.

Compere for the evening was Crewe Alex Stadium Announcer John Rodgers (photograph: Jonathan White)

There was a minute’s applause prior to kick-off in memory of Andrew Scoffin with all the players standing around the centre circle. A selection of Andrew’s most favourite music was played at the start and end of the match.

Pre-match applause in memory of Andrew Scoffin (photograph: Jonathan White)

Players paid £25 each to play on the hallowed turf with the game consisting of 45 minutes each way.

The teams were split into ‘Red Crewe Alex Shirts past & present’ and ‘Crewe Alex Away Shirts past & present’ and were captained by Ashley Scoffin and Warren Scoffin respectively.

Full-time all the players together (photograph: Jonathan White)

The Red Alex Shirts team consisted of: Ashley Scoffin (Captain & goalkeeper), Andy Stubbs, Jake Edge, Josh Hewitt, Dan Taylor, Justin Manini, Ben Gilbert, Nick Gregory, Elliot Osborne, Jordan Amson, Dean Huxley (goalkeeper), Mike Nolan, Jonny Parkes, Jordan Sheldon, Kyle Proudman, Daniel Sanderson, Harry Maclennan, Josh Briggs, Daniel Socha, Deon Chesters, Dave Adams.

The Alex Away Shirts team consisted of: Ryan Briddon (goalkeeper), Thomas Bilsborough, Jem Cornes, Craig Fisher, Neil Bergin, Will Bailey, Darren Lockett, Louis Everall, Daniel Prince, Warren Scoffin (Captain), Steve Hagyard, Gareth Griffiths, Martin Cooper, Russ Phillips, Michael Large, Duncan McCann, Matt Doyle, Phil Dorricott, Andy Jewkes, Konnor Edge, Elliott Lane (goalkeeper), James Hill.

The match officials were Ben Guildford (Referee), Ben Carter (Assistant referee), and Ben Minshall (Assistant referee). The match photographer and community journalist was Jonathan White.

Red Alex Shirts cruised to a comfortable victory over Alex Away Shirts, with Red Alex Shirts captain & goalkeeper Ashley Scoffin sprinting the length of the pitch, seconds after kick-off, to score a penalty for the first goal of the match. The game was played in dry conditions with the second-half under floodlights. 

On full-time, winning team captain Ashley Scoffin of Red Alex Shirts received the Andrew Scoffin Memorial Trophy and sprayed a bottle of bubbly in celebration. 

The game raised over £3,000 of much needed funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Event organisers and brothers Ashley & Warren Scoffin at half-time (photograph: Jonathan White)

Ashley & Warren Scoffin said: “It’s nice Dad started something before he sadly passed away, something we can do every year in his memory, and where better than Crewe Alexandra his home and biggest love. It’s nice to be able to raise money for any cancer charity and Dad was recognised for that throughout his battle. People in tough times have been so generous with their donations which shows great respect to Dad. A huge thankyou to Crewe Alexandra for playing host to this fantastic fixture. The friendly rivalry with us both being captains is great and it now stands at one win each.”