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Trophy founded in memory of Mike Thomas

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GUERNSEY FC will play for the Mike Thomas Memorial Trophy when Billericay Town visit for a pre-season friendly at Footes Lane on Saturday.

Introduced in memory of the Green Lions' much-loved former physio, who passed away in May, the silverware will be played for annually during one of the home warm-up games.

In future years it is hoped that teams from Thomas' home county of Yorkshire with whom he had a link may come over to contest the match.

Ryman Premier outfit Billericay – who also played GFC in a friendly last summer – will be favourites to be the first name on the cup, but whatever happens, the cup will never leave the island.

Lions chairman Steve Dewsnip is delighted that such an idea has been introduced to honour Thomas, who was involved with GFC since its 2011 inception and was affectionately nicknamed 'Chappie'.

'After discussions with Mike's widow, Dawn, we felt it was an appropriate way to honour Mike, who was such a massive part of the club since it started,' said Dewsnip.

'Mike has always been held in the highest regard by everybody associated within GFC and we thought it was only fitting to introduce this trophy.

'Hopefully as many people within Guernsey sporting circles will come down to Footes Lane on Saturday afternoon to show their support for this.'

Saturday's match, which kicks off at 2pm, is one of two home friendlies this weekend, the first being on Friday at 7.45pm against Kent Invicta League outfit Glebe.

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