Barking and Clapton honour Joshua Bwalya in memorial match

PUBLISHED: 17:00 18 August 2017

Barking put the ball in the back of the net at Mayesbrook Park (pic Terry Gilbert)

Barking put the ball in the back of the net at Mayesbrook Park (pic Terry Gilbert)


Two youth-teams will play each other on Sunday to raise funds for Joshua Bwalya’s family

Barking under-17s will take on their Clapton counterparts on Sunday at Mayesbrook Park in a game in memory of Joshua Bwalya.

Bwalya, 16, was a team-mate and great friend to everyone at Barking and also played for Clapton previously.

Therefore the two clubs have arranged a memorial fixture with all proceeds going to a Just Giving page set up for the talented footballer, who was killed on August 2.

A statement on the official Barking website read: “JB was taken from his loving family and his huge amount of friends in a cruel and senseless knife crime for just being in the wrong place at the wrong time and was an outstanding player and such a popular young man with team-mates and adults alike.

“He will be remembered for his respect, determination and above all his brilliant sense of humour.

“JB had his whole life ahead of him with some amazing prospects. This was all taken away from him by someone who didn’t even know his name.

“We at Barking FC do not want JB to be forgotten. Please come along and show your support for his devastated family who we are trying to help in the only way we can.

“All proceeds from this game will be donated to the Just Giving fund set up in JB’s honour. Kick-off will be at 1pm and admission on the gate will be £5. If you are unable to attend, but still wish to donate, you can do so on the Just Giving page.”

A statement on the official Clapton website read: “At this very sad time for Joshua’s family, we are hoping to raise money for his family.

“It will be £5 on the gate as you enter and everything we raise will be put into the Just Giving page account. There is a target to raise £5,000, so if you are feeling generous and would like to give more, that’ll be great.

“Please share this with as many people as you can and make the special tribute to this ex-Clapton and Barking player something to remember.”

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