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Football supporters come together to remember a true Saint

September 4th 2017, 0 Comments, Published by Jason Allen

Over 900 people packed into Clarence Park at the weekend for a match to remember Clive Churchhouse who died after a fall at the home of St Albans City FC in July.

Club officials announced they were renaming the York Road terrace The Clive Churchhouse Terrace in honour of the 71-year-old who volunteered at the club for more than 50 years.

The home game against Gloucester City on September 2 was dedicated to Mr Churchhouse and a minute’s applause was held in his honour prior to kick off.

Saints fan Bob Brewster said the day was an apt tribute to Mr Churchhouse.

He added: “It was well supported. The attendance was the highest of season and there were lots of family and friends there. They all assembled at the Clive Churchhouse Terrace End where a plaque unveiled by the chairman. It didn’t appear to be sad but was a celebration of Clive’s life and devotion to St Albans Football Club

“They took it to heart and conducted it in an appropriate way, honestly sincerely and quite correctly. It was a competitive match and a fitting game to mark Clive’s life at the football club.”

Meanwhile, the Health and Safety Executive have announced they will be investigating the circumstances surrounding Mr Churchhouse’s death.

A spokesman said: “HSE has recently taken primacy of an investigation following the death of a man at St Albans City Football Club on 18 July 2017.

“We are currently reviewing the material collected by Hertfordshire Police, who initially attended the incident, and St Albans Council.

“Our thoughts are with the man’s family; we have already contacted them to explain HSE’s role and the current status of the investigation.”

Picture courtesy of Neetha Atukorale

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