Penzance AFC pays tribute to Helston’s Alfie Beard as football shirt retired

A special tribute will be paid today by the football team Helston teenager Alfie Beard played for.

Penzance AFC’s reserve side are due to start their 2pm game this afternoon (Saturday) with a minute’s silence for Alfie, 19, who died in a car crash near the Stopgate junction in Porthleven Road Helston at Penzance, late Tuesday. evening.

There will also be a standing ovation at the tenth minute of the match, in memory of Alfie.

The team have now retired their number 10 jersey, and this will be paraded on the pitch before the match as a sign of respect.

Reserves manager Daz Smith paid tribute to Alfie on the club’s Facebook page, which the Packet have been given permission to share.

Daz said: “This is the hardest post I’ve ever had to write. [Saturday] we welcome Perranporth to Penlee Park, in what was originally billed as our last pre-season friendly.

“However, following the tragic and devastating news on Wednesday of the loss of young Alfie Beard, the game will now be played in his memory.

“Although Alfie only joined Penzance at the start of the season, many of us played/coached and were best friends with Alfie for many years.

“We were absolutely delighted when Alfie agreed to sign for us and I know he was looking forward to the season ahead.

“[Saturday] will therefore be the most difficult match for us, but the one that Alfie would have liked to go forward with.

Alfie’s number 10 shirt is retired by the club Photo: Penzance AFC

“Alfie was a true gentleman, both on and off the pitch, and he will be greatly missed by many, but I know he will be watching us.

“Although [Saturday] will be free admission, we will be asking for donations to pass on to Alfie’s family.

“It’s a 2pm kick-off and we will observe a minute’s silence before the game, before a standing ovation at the tenth minute of the game in memory of Alfie.

“His number 10 shirt has now been retired from the squad and we will parade it before the game.

“Please spread the word so we can bring as many people to Penlee to pay their respects to Alfie.

“RIP Alfie. We will never forget you.”

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The club also paid tribute on their website, saying that when new managers Darren Smith and Lee Major took over in July, Alfie was one of their first two signings. At the time, they described Alfie as “full of energy and purpose – a threat to any defence”.

He goes on to say that this faith was fully justified as, in his four pre-season appearances, Alfie put up some impressive performances, scoring a brace (two goals in one game) against St Day and the most recent goal for the team, at St Just last Saturday.

“Everyone at Penzance AFC is heartbroken by the loss and sends their condolences to Alfie’s family and friends,” the club added.

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