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Community pulls together for Ryan

By Tom Howe 2nd August 2017

Community pulls together for Ryan
LOCAL HERO: Ryan Polmounter was allowed out of hospital for a brief period to attend the match held in his honour

THE SUN shined upon St Newlyn East as players, family and friends gathered to support a fundraising football match for Saints’ player Ryan Polmounter.

The match, featuring a mix of Newlyn ‘legends’ and current players versus an all star team led by ex-player Liam Dent, was played in a fantastic spirit and watched by well over 150 spectators.

The crowd was kept fuelled during the match by the club’s barbecue providing burgers and hotdogs whilst the younger fans were also able to enjoy a bouncy castle and face painting.

Newlyn’s veteran players, including nine of their famous 1997/1998 invincibles team, rolled back the years but it was the all stars who emerged victorious with a thrilling 7-4 win.

However, the true man of the match was Ryan himself who was allowed out of hospital for a brief period to attend the match.

Wearing a helmet to protect the injury he sustained following a serious assault in June, he was able to present his good friend Liam with the winners’ trophy before receiving loud applause from everyone present.

After the match an auction was held in the Pheasant Inn where talented local singer Emma Chamberlain, who was taught by Ryan at primary school, performed. In total the whole day raised just over £1,300 with some donations still being sent in. All monies raised will be used by Ryan’s family to assist in his recovery.

St Newlyn East AFC would like to thank everyone who came to support the match including Mr Colin Burrell from the Duchy Football League and other local football clubs along with Ryan’s family and friends.

Special thanks must go to the three CCFA Referees – Steve Tootle, Gary Cornish and Darren Winkworth who officiated - and also to local businesses L George Butchers,  LWC Drinks, Cornwall Trophies, Crossways Stores, Morrisons Newquay and Macron Store Cornwall who all made donations of prizes or goods.

By Tom Howe 2nd August 2017

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