Ex-Irish Ranger Pete Murphy delayed his trip home to Ireland at the weekend to be the guest of honour at Trafford on Saturday as fans, players and officials around the EVO-STIK Northern Premier League remembered the nation’s fallen.
Officials at Shawe View say they were “honoured” to have the veteran at their second qualifying round clash in the Buildbase FA Trophy as the EVO-STIK NPL’s clubs marked Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday by observing a minute’s silence before kicking off in their league and cup fixtures at the weekend.
The retired Ranger is pictured alongside Mickleover Sports captain Tom Burgin, assistant referee Tim Hammond, referee Jon Kenny, assistant referee Oliver Nolan and Trafford skipper Josh Granite before the British and Commonwealth servicemen and women who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts since World War One were remembered.
A spokesman for the EVO-STIK NPL First Division North club said: “We were honoured to have Pete Murphy as our guest to help us in our Remembrance weekend commemorations. An ex Irish Ranger, he served from 1984 to 1990 in Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Cyprus, Gibraltar and Germany and delayed his journey to Ireland to be with us on Saturday.
“Pete led the two teams on to the pitch, joined them in the centre circle and led us in our minute’s silence when we remembered with gratitude all those brave men and women who have served their country in war and conflict and in times of peace – especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live in freedom.”