This match was arranged to honour the memory of GB and Fulham player Sarah Ann
Davies, who was tragically killed in a road accident a year ago. In contrast to
the sadness last year, there was a lovely atmosphere as loads of people came
along to be involved in the events of the day, which included Sarah’s sister
doing a bungee jump Sarah’s brother playing in a match for his club Collier Row
FC, all to raise money for the Sarah Ann Davies Memorial Fund!

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon for playing football and all of the
players felt Sarah’s spirit was with us in the emotionally charged minute’s
silence held before the game. Phil Gardner had kindly agreed to referee this
game and he invited Sarah’s mother Diane to kick off in the first Sarah Ann
Davies memorial match between these two sides.

It had been agreed before
the game to use a rolling substitution system to enable everyone to play some
part in the game, which included some of Sarah’s friends and family! Damaris
Cooke was GB’s manager for the day and she sent out a strong GB side, with
Sarah’s brother Adam playing at centre half!

Fulham were up against it
from the beginning, and it was no surprise when GB opening the scoring with a
shot from Catherine Hamill being turned into the net by Fulham’s keeper. It was
route one football from GB, with the ball being played wide to the wingers and
also directly up the forwards from defence, and Fulham were finding it very
difficult to break out of their own half.

Fulham’s Esther Maycock was
full of running and posed a threat on a number of occasions in the first half
and GB’s defenders had to be alert to cut out the danger. Sonya Nye also had a
good game for Fulham, defending GB’s forward line very well. Many of Fulham’s
players were inexperienced, but they never gave up, even when Clare Davies, Lisa
Nepean, Laura Wiseman and Cath Eyley added some great goals for GB. Fulham were
beginning to put GB’s defence under more pressure towards the end of the first
half, but Phil Gardner blew for half time before they could make it

HT Fulham 0 GB

Fulham’s defence was much stronger in the second half with
Sarah’s brother switching to Fulham’s team along with Robert Taylor. GB found it
much more difficult to break through, with their attempts to get away up the
flanks being thwarted. GB had also decided to try out a different formation,
which was changed from the usual 4-4-2 to a more unfamiliar 3-5-2.

took advantage of this change, hitting back with a goal from Sharon Molloy, who
was competing in Fulham colours. She hit a shot from the edge of the box which
bounced on the turf and over the dive of GB keeper Carly Waters. It was no more
than Fulham deserved as they had been really putting GB under increasing

Gradually, though, GB got to grips with the formation change
and they became dominant again. GB captain Susan McKeown scored two fine goals
and might have had a hat trick had her goal-bound shot not cannoned off referee
Phil Gardner! It was not long before GB scored another goal, again through Cath
Eyley, as GB continued to push forward.

There was time towards the end of
the game for a fine run from Catherine Hamill whose sweetly struck shot came
back off the post and eluded the onrushing GB forwards. GB pressed again, but
the flag was waved for full time and all players congratulated each other in
what had been a thoroughly enjoyable match for both sides.

FT Fulham 1 GB 8

It was certainly a
fitting day of celebration and one which allowed us to remember Sarah in the
best possible way, by playing football!!

Everybody enjoyed the day and
Sarah’s mother Diane said,

“Sarah’s family and
I would like to give our pleasure in thanking you all for coming along on the
special day, the Sarah Ann Davies Memorial Day, and it was a great honour to
have your support, especially on the year’s anniversary of Sarah’s passing. What
super weather we had on the day, couldn’t ask for more!

The day started out with Sarah’s elder sister
Victoria’s double bungee jumps at Fairlop Waters, Barkingside. Victoria carried
them out, one forward and one back, with great stride and calmness and did us
all proud! The two Memorial matches were played at the Football Academy,
Loughton in which both Sarah�s younger brothers, Adam and Connor took part –
both matches were thoroughly enjoyable and certainly very entertaining to see
some of the outsiders in the Ladies’ teams! You all did us proud too!

We are very pleased to announce that we have raised
over £1600 so far, which all goes towards the Sarah Ann Davies Memorial Fund, to
support Deaf football.

Thank you everyone,
once again, for making this possible and for all your

Many thanks to all who
took part! They were (in no particular order):

Carly Waters,
Victoria Briden, Susanna Kenward, Natasha Ryan, Catherine Hamill, Esther
Maycock, Roanna Simmons, Della Pedley, Mandy Tobin, Zoe Overing, Sonya Nye,
Susan McKeown, Adam Davies, Laura Wiseman, Kavo Sharma, Sharon Molloy, Lorraine
Oaten, Clare Davies, Victoria Wenman, Cath Eyley, Lisa Nepean, Abigail Gorman,
Robert Taylor, Tina Pathak, Camilla Willis, Louise Hogan, Abigail

Susan McKeown

GB Deaf Women’s Football

20th September

Source: British Deaf Football

You can view the rest of the photos in the British Deaf Football Gallery.