Football team set up in memory of manager’s wife win new kits from Specsavers

Ian Walker (director at Specsavers) (left) with Peter Naylor manager of Raglan FC and players (left to right) John Herbert, Michael Willis, Paul Bates and John Eyre

Ian Walker (director at Specsavers) (left) with Peter Naylor manager of Raglan FC and players (left to right) John Herbert, Michael Willis, Paul Bates and John Eyre

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THE stunned manager of a football team - which was set up in memory of his cherished wife - was lost for words after winning a competition to win a new strip.

Peter Naylor could not believe it when he won the contest run by Specsavers in the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre - in conjunction with the Hartlepool Mail.

Kath Naylor, who lost her battle with lung cancer in February 2010.

Kath Naylor, who lost her battle with lung cancer in February 2010.

We asked town sides to explain why they deserved to win a complete outfit for all their team.

The entries were impressive but the eventual winner was the Raglan FC. It was set up by Peter Naylor in memory of his wife Kathleen who lost her fight with lung cancer in February 2010, aged 47.

Peter told us: “We spent so many lovely occasions in the Raglan Quoit Club even celebrating our wedding here with family and friends.

“We would especially look forward to Saturdays in the Raglan after watching Hartlepool United. We would never miss a game. The Raglan holds so many fond memories.”

Ian Walker (director at Specsavers) (left) with Peter Naylor manager of Raglan FC

Ian Walker (director at Specsavers) (left) with Peter Naylor manager of Raglan FC

Peter said that, after losing Kathleen he felt he needed “something to focus on, something that would give me a goal in life and give meaning to the lads and their families that had supported me through my hard time.

“I decided that starting the Raglan FC would be a brilliant tribute to Kath.”

The football team’s schedule includes holding a match and a funday every April in Kath’s memory with all proceeds going to Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Peter said: “The new strip will mean the world to us as we have not been able to afford a new one as our weekly subs go to pitch fees and referees.”

The team are hoping the new strip will help improve their fortunes. In their three-season existence so far, they lost every game in 2011, one just won the next year and, for the first time, have managed both wins and a loft second-from bottom place in the Hartlepool Sunday League Second Division.

They will be presented with their new strips by former Pools legend Joe Allon later this year.

Specsavers store director Ian Walker said: “This is such a deserving cause and a great story.

“It is wonderful that the team gives back to the community by holding a charity football match every year and we are big supporters of the hospice ourselves.”