There was a special moment before the match this afternoon. As Whitchurch Utd players were gearing up to take on Fawley at the Longmeadow ground, a presentation was being made to the redoubtable Gary Shaughnessy, a much revered figure within the Football Club.

Brian Jackman makes the presentations to Gary Shaughnessy.

John Rutledge introduced the special award, to mark Gary’s long commitment in supporting the Club. With anecdotes and tales from Gary’s past, John set the scene for a well-deserved presentation.

Gary stepped down from the Club’s Chairmanship in the summer, having been a respected part of the team for 17 years, both as player and official. During his last seven years in the ‘Chair’ he led the Club through a successful FA Cup run before promotion into the Wessex Premier Division, a remarkable achievement.

Gary Shaughnessy, centre, with club officials and players.

In front of the appreciative gathering Gary was presented with a framed shirt signed by the Club’s players and officials. It was handed over by new Chairman Brian Jackman, whose building business is the first team’s main sponsor. Gary also received the first Shaughnessy Shield which will become a regular award within the Club.

Time for the game
With the dressing room bell sounding, it was time for the day’s match.

The teams greet each other before the game.

Under a bright but setting sun, the game with Fawley kicked off, and as if also in honour of Gary, United took the upper hand from the off, putting the ball into the Fawley net four times.

It was a fitting end to a good day.

Whitchurch Utd 4 – Fawley – 0

Whitchurch now move up to 7th place in the Wessex League Premier Division.

Next match:
Their next match is also at home, the quarter finals of the Wessex League Cup, against current League leaders Newport (IOW).
Kick off at Longmeadow is at 7.45pm on Tuesday (26th November).
It should be a good competitive game.

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