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Grassroots 'legends' from Sheffield honoured during day of 'laughter and smiles'

The teams at the memorial match for Kasabian Newton-Smith and Craig Crapper
The teams at the memorial match for Kasabian Newton-Smith and Craig Crapper
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Two 'legends' of grassroots football in Sheffield who died before their time were honoured in the only way fitting.

Kasabian Newton-Smith and Craig Crapper were both stalwarts of Southey Wolves FC, which the latter founded in 2010, and they struck up a touching friendship which bridged the generations.

The game ended 4-3 to Staffordshire Arms

The game ended 4-3 to Staffordshire Arms

Kasabian died aged eight in December 2016 after losing a long battle with cancer; and Craig, who had severe diabetes, passed away in May this year, aged 57.

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The pair were firmly in the minds of footballers who took to the pitch on Saturday for an emotional tribute match between Southey Wolves and Staffordshire Arms FC, which finished 4-3 to the latter.

The celebration of the duo's lives and their contribution to the game continued that afternoon with a charity fun day, for which friends and family were among up to 200 people who packed out The Staffordshire Arms in Burngreave.

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Kasabian's parents joined in the party, which featured live music, a charity auction and a contest to see whose taste buds could best handle a fearsome chilli-loaded burger.

Kasabian and Craig together

Kasabian and Craig together

The event raised £2,215, which will be split equally between the football clubs and two charities close to the families' hearts: Diabetes UK and PACT, which supports the families of children with cancer.

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Craig's son Adam Crapper, who coaches at Southey Wolves, said: "It was a very enjoyable day, full of laughter and smiles, which is what Dad and Kasabian would have wanted.

"We're grateful to everyone who attended and helped us raise such a great total, and we're looking to make this an annual event."

Action from the match

Action from the match