I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone after the wonderful tribute to my father, Kevin Morris, at the Rochdale game.
To all friends and neighbours who kindly bought raffle tickets from Barrie and myself and to all the people who I invited to come to the meal – thank you.
To everyone in the hospitality suites who donated money right through to everyone who bought raffle tickets so generously. Also to Mr and Mrs Daw who so kindly bid and bought the pocket watch and a big thank you to Gary Herbert who bid another £100 for the pocket watch. Thank you so much. I also must say a thank you to George and Brenda Chadwick who have so kindly given me a picture of Kevin playing skittles in the supporters lounge.
If I have forgotten to mention you by name below then please forgive me. Myself and my husband greatly appreciated the outstanding welcome we received from Steve Anderson, Sian Griffiths and Adam Wainwright when we came to organise this tribute in memory of Kevin. Everyone who we came into contact with at STFC gave us so much time and help in making this tribute so special so I must say thank you very much! Kevin was a magical man with always a story to tell as many of you dear fans will remember. Thank you to all for giving so generously to the Samaritans – which is a charity very dear to me - and for the wonderful minute's applause in his memory. My husband and I were so overwhelmed with the respect you all showed to Kevin in remembering him – thank you.
As long as I breathe, he will never be forgotten so I ask you, the fans, please keep supporting his beloved football club and keep STFC alive and kicking. Thank you again to everyone who was there that night - I know Kev was watching down on us all.
Lastly, there is one person I would really like to say thank you to and that is my husband Barrie. He has given me the love, strength and all the support I could ever wish for in making this tribute for Kevin happen. In Kevin’s words, he would say: “In Barrie, you have picked the winning team.”
Below is my long list of people I must thank:
From Swindon Town:
All the catering staff in hospitality
Dave Evans - Photographer, Swindon Advertiser
Shaun Hodgetts - BBC Wiltshire
Dominic Gilbert, Craig Jones – Swindon Advertiser
Dr Graham Muller – GP
James and Mark – Minuteman Press
Flower Basket Old Town for the wonderful flowers they always so kindly make for me
Hayley Tarrant, Phil Compton – Samaritans for helping organise all the collections and details
Rev. Simon Stevenette who has been a great to myself and Barrie
For the wonderful tributes in the programme to my father from Alan McLoughlin, Lou Macari, Glenn Hoddle, Steve White and Colin Calderwood. Many thanks for your kind words.
To those who came on the night:
Baz Zarola, Tom Reynolds, Vito Zarola, Fred Pileggi, John McCuccain, Tony Turner, Michael Reynolds, Tara Dutton, Dave Head, Jead Yead, Kenny Stround, James Stroud, John Trollope, Don Rogers, Andy Compton, Grady Compton, Peggy Bennett, Richard Deacon, Karen Deacon, Vince Gillingham, Gareth Adams, Phil Compton, Andy Rowland.
To those who donated raffle and auction prizes:
Richard and Karen Deacon – Pocket watch
Mr and Mrs Peter Bush – bottle of Champagne
Lloyds Banking Group
Amazon - for donating a Kindle
Swindon Town Football Club - for a number of signed items and a case of wine
Don Rogers - for a sports jacket
Alan McLoughlin - for a signed Portsmouth FC First Team Shirt
Many, many kind donations from:
Francis George Advocate Solicitors
Mr T Turner
Dr and Mrs J Nicholas – Ex-club Doctor and dear friends of Kevin
Mr and Mrs L Baxter
Mr Gerald Sadler