Footballers honour tragic John at tournament
By Mike Culwick
Around 100 footballers paid tribute to Norfolk Christian League footballer John Sewell, who died in a tragic incident last November, by taking part in a five-a-side tournament held in his honour on Saturday June 16.
The adult Norfolk Christian league held its five-a-side tournament on the Heartsease estate, sponsored by Witard Road Baptist Church.
Some 14 teams competed in the competition including church teams and two sides from the Rosary Rams pub team.
The tournament was in memory of John Sewell who played for the Witard Road Baptist church team for seven years, and also for the Rosary Rams pub team.
The games were all played in a good spirit and were enjoyed by everyone, the final being played between the Norwich Family Life church and a team from the pub. Family Life won 9-8 in a penalty shoot-out, an incredible finish to the afternoon. They were presented with the John Sewell Charity Cup by John’s dad, Ray, and he was presented with a cheque for £200.
Several families and friends of John came to watch and we were able to reminisce about the good times we had with John. John was tragically killed in an incident on the estate last November and his family are still finding it very difficult to cope with their loss.
He was well known in the Christian league not only for his tenacity and footballing talent, but with the attitude in which he played the game. We all still miss him. Please pray for his mum and dad.
Pictures by Rob Varley.
Top Jon Norman from Family Life Centre receives the John Sewell Charity Cup from John's dad Ray.
Above, runner's up, the Rosary Rams team.
Right, the winners from Family Life Centre and, below, action from the tournament.