An emotional historic cup clash awaits between Leek CSOB’s two senior teams

LEEK CSOB will this Saturday be paying homage to their late long-serving chairman, Ken Hill, and also a former member of the club’s under-14’s team, Dylan Day, who died recently.

The occasion will see the club’s first eleven and reserves team clash for the first time in competition, when they face each other in the quarter-final of the Leek Cup.

CSOB chairman Steve Rutter said: “We had originally intended to use the game to remember our former chairman Ken Hill, but then we lost one of our junior players and our thoughts are with his family, so we felt we would remember both Ken and Dylan (pictured wearing his favourite Manchester United FC top) by holding a minute’s applause prior to the game.”

Ken died in August last year, after serving the club as chairman for 25 years, while young Dylan passed away in Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, in Liverpool, on Saturday, January 20, where he lost his fight against sepsis after contracting a deadly strain of influenza.

CSOB are hoping the historic fixture will attract a good turnout of members and supporters to pay their respects with a minute’s applause before the 2.30pm kick off.

Steve Rutter said: “It’s going to be an emotional occasion.”

Some of the club’s youngest members will be mascots at the game.

Steve added: “The mascots will be very young children, aged between four and six years old, who have been training with our club for over 12 months now, ready for when they are old enough to start their own team. They are trained by our former first team manager Dan Hyde.”

Pictured: The late Ken Hill flanked by Leek CSOB vice-chairman John Hyde (left) and chairman Steve Rutter, holding a club trophy which is now awarded annually in his memory.