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Hi all. Last word from me on this but just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated to the Just Giving Page in Paul's memory. The £3k barrier has been smashed (before we've even held any fund raising events) and I reckon 10% or so of that total has come from City fans via OTIB which is amazing and has made me even prouder to be a Red (which I didn't think was possible). https://www.justgiving.com/Paul-Withey-CHSW If anyone is interested, the first event to be held is a charity football match at AEK Boco (Greenbank Road, Hanham) on May 2nd with a 1pm kick off. The game is between Paul's all conquering AEK Boco youth team (now at Under 18 level and all playing at a high standard of local senior football) against his former Sunday League side, the Pied Horse. Bar open from 12pm. It's Paul's funeral tomorrow morning followed by the wake/celebration of his life at the Memorial Stadium (wish me luck). There will be hundreds and hundreds of mourners out from every corner of our fair city and every walk of life to pay their respects to a true gentleman and an all round top bloke. Thanks again to all, the family are hugely touched by the generosity that has been shown (both in spirit and financially). RIP Withs/COYR.
Just made one of Paul's brothers aware of this. His immediate response; "This is amazing. Thank you to all City fans, this really means a lot to me and my family x UTG" Thanks so much to everyone who has donated already. The Children's Hospice South West is a truly incredible charity and for us to pass the £2.5k mark within a week of the page going live is just brilliant and a very strong testament to just how loved and respected Paul was.
Harry, Dollymarie - thanks a million both. I posted in the Rovers thread (think page 167) about Paul in response to his death being highlighted by Miah. I was on the Radio Bristol breakfast show on Thursday morning talking about the man and the fund raising efforts that his friends, family and colleagues are about to embark on. True gent does indeed sum Paul up, he'd do anything for anyone and was just a joy to be around. Always laughing, always positive and always banging on about the bloody Gas! Despite being Rovers through and through he was mates with a load of us who's heart lies south of the river and we'll all miss him desperately. RIP Withs.
I rarely post on OTIB but have followed City since the early eighties. Paul was one of my best friends (and a work colleague here in Clevedon) and I have just left the family home having visited John and Mary to pay my respects. You sum him up well mate, he was one of life's brightest lights - full of energy and would do anything for anyone. A number of his close mates are City lads and I, for one, will desperately miss the banter with him. He knew his football inside out having been a really decent local league player and a hugely successful Youth manager, he also rose above the petty rivalries that can spark between our two clubs. He was too positive about life to do anything else. To be honest, I'm dreading going to the Gate tonight and not having him text me during the game as he always would. He will be missed enormously by all who ever knew him. I obviously don't know who you are mate but I'll try and track you down at the wake to share a pint.
She's a Bristolian, who else is she going to support?!! There is a serious point here as well - she went as part of her City 7's membership (great initiative from the Club) and was captivated by the colour and atmosphere. It plays a huge part in the match day experience and Bristol Sport need to ensure that the stewards are trained to recognise that too. She also couldn't quite get her head around why our fans were so noisy and Blackburn's so quiet despite them winning...
Yep, that was me mate. She thought the singing and flags were brilliant and, to be honest, in terms of the experience of her first match, more than made up for the defeat. So, match that up againts jobsworth stewards and see just what a benefit an atmosphere like that can bring to the Gate. Great effort all round...
Took my seven year old daughter to her first game on Saturday, sat in the Lower Dolman right next to the wall by the Atyeo. Brilliant effort from all in there, she absolutely loved the atmosphere and delighted my good lady all day yesterday by endlessly bellowing out "Frankie Fielding's in the building...". Keep up the good work Harry and all, it makes a huge difference.