Thursday, September 19, 2013

Stepney FC celebrates 20th year

Today Stepney FC celebrated 20 years in existence. 

A presentation and dinner function was well attended and included special guests, Tower Hamlets Speaker Lesley Pavitt, Councillor Abdal Ullah, Zakir Khan from the Canary Wharf Group and Aroz Miah, Chair of the Bangladesh Football Association. 

The evening was superbly hosted by Nadia Ali from the BBC Asian Network. 

Amongst the senior prize winners were four of my under 12's and under 14's too, so a very chuffed coach here. Massive credit to Akik and Afazul for their unstinted work behind the scenes. 

Malcolm Lane and Mujibur Rahman were tragically lost to Cancer and are no longer with us. Both stalwarts were remembered and honoured tonight.

On this note I want to mention that I'm taking part in the 15 mile Maggie's Culture Trek tomorrow night to raise awareness of the support provided by Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres. I hope all readers will wish me luck for the night journey in Central London which will take in the City's great landmarks. 

Here's a tribute for the evening which I penned for Mujib and Malcolm. 

A moment for Mujibur Rahman & Malcolm Lane

The day Malcolm and Mujib hopped aboard
This good ship took a decisive turn
With confidence and candour restored
Stepney blossomed like a cool sweet fern

Malcolm quietly inspired so many
Standing tall, a man of God
Mujib's smile brimmed with empathy
Both champions to all  in our squad

Peerless guidance served with dignity
Our memories are vivid and rich
Now the new breed reap their legacy 
We remember both on and off the pitch

© Emdad Rahman

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