Fitting tribute to a Marine who loved his football

LEITHEN Rovers defended the Alec Lucas Memorial Trophy with a golden goal victory over Edinburgh side Dalmore at Whitestone Park, Peebles.

But more important was the £13,000 sum which was raised for Peeblesshire football clubs and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust.

The tournament is in memory of the 24-year-old Peebles marine and avid football player who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2008.

Alec’s father Adrian, who helps to run the competition, said: “It was another fantastic day and it is amazing that Alec has played for every team that took part in the tournament.”

Among the 16 sides to battle it out for the trophy were three Royal Marine teams, one of which had travelled up from Plymouth on Friday night, and an All Stars team which was fronted by ex-Scotland striker Stevie Crawford.

Adrian added: “It was particularly nice that Stevie presented medals to primary one and two pupils.

“It was great having the three Royal Marine teams come along to take part. It is fitting they came up as Alec’s proudest football moment was winning the prestigious Navy Cup with 45 Commando in 2008.”

In total, the Alex Lucas Memorial Football Tournament has now raised £55,000 since it began just two years ago.

Adrian told us: “There are two groups to thank for the continued success of the tournament – the teams who took part, some of whom had travelled a long way, and everybody that came on the day. Without the local support the tournament would be a much more difficult event to run.”