The Danny Kennell Memorial Match
Wyken F.C vs DK Diamonds
On Sunday 9th September 2018, a memorial football match took place at Pinley RFC in the memory of our beloved Danny Kennell, who was sadly taken from us on 8th July 2018. Everyone came together to show support for the family. This was organised by two of Daniel's close friends, Ashley Dale-Holmes and Ben Kearney to help get the foundation started.
Danny was loved by many which is why all his old football friends decided to get back together for a yearly memorial match to remember such a special person.
Former teammates of Daniel at Wyken FC reunited for the occasion, and they played against a team made up of former friends and football opponents who Danny used to play as a young boy. In memory of Danny, this team was named DK Diamonds.
In a touching tribute, special kits were made for the game, each with the name Kennell, and the number four on the back.
The match finished with a win for Wyken F.C scoring 6 goals. Ashley Holmes scoring a hat-trick, Danny Thompson, Martin Johnston and Ben Kearny bagging a goal each too. But not to worry, our DK Diamonds managed to attain a solid 3 goals as well.
Along with the match the clubhouse kindly provided free food for all the players and a percentage of the money spent at the bar was donated to the foundation.
"Danny and his old team."
A raffle was also put together to raise money for The Danny Kennell Foundation with one of the Budget Skips workers (Tony) winning the 1st prize. For younger attendees there was a bouncy castle, and face painting, as well as a glitter station and hair braiding station which raised £155.00 alone.
The BBC News also made an appearance. To watch the recording you can find this on the BBC Midlands Facebook page or click the link below.
Two of Danny's sisters, Sammy and Natalie, who also played football when they were younger, took part in the match.
The memorial match raised an amazing £3025.00 for The Danny Kennell Foundation, which will go towards the prevention of knife crime.