New Year’s Day Fixture
NICK PAPANASTASIOU MEMORIAL FRIENDLY
1st JANUARY 2017
As most of you will be aware by now, Merton FC lost one of its members, Nick Papanastasiou, in a tragic accident in Vietnam in October. Even though he only joined in 2015, his impact on the club was profound, and his infectious smile and endearing nature will not be forgotten in a hurry – nor his excellent footballing ability and impressive bowling action. The club have considered various ways in which to commemorate Nick’s life, and, among other things, it has been agreed with Nick’s brother, Chris, that a friendly fixture will take place on New Year’s Day. This will be a Merton XI against a team comprised of Chris’ friends and family. The meet time will be 12pm for a 1pm kick off at the Hood. Preference will be given to the 2s and 3s team members if they able and keen to play. Thereafter, vacancies will be filled with players from other teams. But whether you are playing or not, it promises to be a great occasion, so please do come down. The bar will be open for the day, so it’s a great way to dust off the New Year’s Eve hangover (and potentially create a new one). Most importantly, it’s a wonderful way to remember a young man who was very special to Merton FC, and we are hopeful that this will be the start of an enduring tradition. If you are keen to be involved as a player and/or supporter, please do get in touch with Max or Clappers. We hope to see as many of you there as possible.