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Memorial game for Mark Keyworth

Players pay tribute to former Tattershall Road favourite

A memorial game is to be played in honour of a former Poachers winger.

Mark Keyworth died suddenly in July aged just 48.

He was part of Bill Brindley's successful team who were Central Midlands League Supreme Division champions in 1988/89 and also won the Lincs Senior A Cup in 1988/89 and 1989/90.

Widely known as Kiwi, he played nearly 100 games over three seasons at Tattershall Road alongside players such as Stu and Alfie Park, Gary Goddard, Baz Barker, Nigel Vince, Dean Dye and Steve Holmes.

As a youngster, he played for Lincolnshire schoolboys and Lincoln City's youth side.

Kiwi also played for Lincoln United and Sleaford Town as well as Boston FC and after finishing his career in semi-professional football, he continued playing Sunday League football in Lincoln until the age of 47.

Former Poachers programme editor Jez Ashberry said: "Kiwi was a skilful and speedy player who always posed problems for opposition defenders. He was a popular and valuable member of that highly successful side and he'll be sadly missed by everyone who knew him."

Tributes have also been paid to Kiwi by former Boston FC team-mates Dave Duarte and Seamus Lawless.

The memorial match will be the Ron Eaglen Cup tie between Victory FC and Metheringham Sports on Sunday 8 December.

His son Jake will line up for Victory, one of his former Sunday League clubs.

Kick-off is 10.45am at the Cowpaddle home in Washingborough Road, Lincoln.

Victory will wear a new strip bearing the name Kiwi for the fixture. Black armbands will also be worn and there will be a minute's silence before the game.

Photo: (c) Boston Standard shows team shot from May 1989 with Mark Kewyorth fornt row third from left

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