Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Aslie Pitter MBE makes Justin Fashanu All-Stars debut

May 2nd, Justin Fashanu Day, was a busy time for the campaign, but one of the great events that took place to commemorate Justin was a football tournament in Brighton.

With teams from the Justin Fashanu All-Stars going head to head against sides including The Morning Star and Young Anarchists, the day was a huge success.

One of the highlights was the appearance of Justin Campaign patron, Aslie Pitter MBE, who currently plays for Stonewall FC. Aslie (pictured above, on the left, with Simon Hawker) donned the famous pink jersey and was one of the star performers of the day.

The Justin Fashanu All-Stars eventually bowed out in the semi-finals of the tournament. After a goalless draw in the first game, the Allstars fell behind in the second but pulled level, deservedly so through Andy Cooper's goal. This meant a play-off to reach the semi-finals
against the Socialists team. The All-Stars impressed in the clash, winning 2-0 with goals from Cooper again and a Simon Hawker penalty. However, the semi-final proved a step too far for the Allstars who succumbed to a 4-0 defeat.

The All-Stars women's side recovered from a 3-0 defeat in their first game to eventually finish runners-up in the Women's tournament. Strong defensive displays ensured three clean sheets in the competition with Sue Oliver's goal securing a 1-0 victory sandwiched in between two 0-0 draws.

Having Aslie take part was the icing on the cake on a day when we marked the anniversary of Justin's death by doing what he loved most of all - playing football.

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