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Youngsters kick off to remember Dave

LYNDON School will stage a memorial football match for former pupil David Carpenter who was killed in a car crash in January.

LYNDON School will stage a memorial football match for former pupil David Carpenter who was killed in a car crash in January.

‘Big Dave’ played in goal for both Lyndon School and Marston Green-based side Phoenix Rangers who will go head to head on June 12.

The school team will be made up of past players and staff, while recent cup and league double winners Rangers will field their current side.

In 2005 Lyndon beat Archbishop Grimshaw 3-2 in the Birmingham Cup Final with Dave between the sticks at Villa Park.

Close friend and ex-school team-mate Lee Tabbis who is arranging the event said Dave was a ‘fantastic bloke’ and that a football match was a fitting way to remember him.

“In terms of Dave’s popularity, he was somebody whose presence was always felt, and most of the time he would leave you with a smile on your face.

“He had a unique sense of humour, and was unforgettable for many, as the funeral proved.”

Goalkeeper Dave was an influential member of the successful school team which played at Villa Park and Mr Tabbis was full of praise for the young stopper.

“His participation for Lyndon was also fantastic, he was our ever-present keeper through all five years of school, and was one of the best keepers of our age-group,” he said.

“He was an integral part of our squad which made the great achievement of winning the Birmingham Cup at Villa Park in Year 10.”

The match at the Daylesford Road school kicks off at 5pm but guests are invited to turn up before to enjoy the action-packed day.

Donations from raffles and other events will go towards S.S.A.F.A - the family’s chosen charity for injured soldiers and sailors.

 

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