On Sunday 18th September, members of the youth football community will gather at Harmony Row's Sir Alex Ferguson Park for the first edition of the Stephen Roy Memorial Tournament.
Stephen Roy was only 18 years old when he tragically lost his fight with bowel cancer in July of this year.
Roy was a talented goalkeeper who had played for several teams in his career including his school football team Paisley Grammar, Harmony Row FC, the club he started at and enjoyed tours of Holland and England with, Greenock Morton pro youth, Rossvale FC and Glenvale Football Club. He was one of very few players who has been crowned a Scottish champion at both school (with Paisley Grammar) and club (with Rossvale) level.
He was diagnosed with cancer in August last year and underwent surgery and chemotherapy. Stephen wanted to give something back, during his fight he helped coach young goalkeepers through the John Hillcoat Academy.
While coaching young keepers during a training session earlier this season he collapsed on the pitch, suffering a cardiac arrest. John Hillcoat and Richard Nyguist performed CPR for 7 minutes until paramedics arrived, saving Stephen's life.
He was given the all clear and was on the mend when he was informed that the cancer had returned and there was nothing that could be done. Sadly, Stephen passed away in Accord Hospice on Sunday July 10th 2016.
Paisley Town Centre was brought to a standstill as Stephen's close friends and team-mates carried his coffin with his boots and gloves resting on top.
Family friends and club representatives have decided to organise this memorial football tournament annually in his name to ensure the memory of Stephen lives on. The tournament is being held at Harmony Row’s ground on the 18th of September 2016 and won’t be competitive, with the trophy to be presented to Stephen’s parents Helen and Ian and sister Nicola.
There will be lots of other activities going on to keep people occupied including bouncy castles, face painting, auction and a tombola with lots of great prizes.
The tournament schedule is as follows:
1pm - PGS v Glenvale AFC
2.25pm - Glenvale AFC v Harmony Row
3.50pm - Harmony Row v PGS AFC
Donations can be made on the day or by clicking here to visit the crowdfunding page. Any donations or sponsorships are greatly appreciated and all funds raised will be passed on to the Roy family..