FOOTBALL: Grantham Sunday League cup final will remember popular Benny O’Meara

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This Sunday (May 3) 22 players with butterflies in their stomachs will walk on to the field at Harrowby United’s Environcom Stadium for the Benny O’Meara Cup Final.

But for one player, those nerves will likely be accompanied by a lump in the throat.

Ropsley will be led out for their final game of the season against Caythorpe by skipper Glenn O’Meara who will be looking to help his side win the trophy that this season bears his father’s name. Glenn, of Carlisle Close, Grantham, said: “It’s going to be an extra special game and I’m just glad we’ve been able to make it to the final.

“All the lads knew from the start of the season how much it would mean to get there this season with dad’s name on the cup.”

Benny O’Meara was a popular and well-respected fixture in local football from the 1970s through to the 1990s.

His career included more than 40 games for Scunthorpe United and appearances for Grantham Town, including as player-manager in the early 1990s, before he passed away in January 2013.

Son Glenn has raised money in his father’s memory for the British Heart Foundation but he and his family also wanted to do something to recognise his father’s connections to Grantham football.

So this year Glenn, his sister Krystle and his father’s partner Sue Barnston have sponsored the Sunday Knockout Cup – the leading cup competition for pub teams in the town, in which all teams from both Grantham Sunday leagues compete.

Ropsley are looking to complete a double, having already secured the Premier Division title.

Glenn said: “It will mean a lot if we can get a decent turnout on the day. Hopefully we’ll get some good weather and the two teams can play some decent football.”

The cup final will be held at Harrowby United’s Environcom Stadium in Dickens Road on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 2.30pm and all are welcome to attend.