Sides set to lock horns at first annual Mo memorial event at Silver Royd

Scarborough RUFC will host the first annual Andrew Mo Stevenson Memorial this Monday  Picture by Andrew Higgins 121564a        14/04/12
Scarborough RUFC will host the first annual Andrew Mo Stevenson Memorial this Monday Picture by Andrew Higgins 121564a 14/04/12
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Friends and family of Andrew ‘Mo’ Stevenson, who sadly passed away last year, will honour his memory with a rugby match and lunch on Monday.

Mo tragically died last year after a short battle with illness, and he will be remembered as almost 90 of his friends will battle it out on the pitch at Silver Royd.

Mo's family and friends remembered him with a minute's silence before the game v Heath last year 121564j        14/04/12

Mo's family and friends remembered him with a minute's silence before the game v Heath last year 121564j 14/04/12

A Klosters Exiles team, captained by Simon Smith, will take on a Scarborough side, with the game kicking-off with a minute’s applause at 1.30pm.

The lunch will be preceded by a special lunch, which is served up at 12.20pm.

The bar will be open after the game for drinks and refreshments.

Graeme Young, CEO of Scarborough RUFC and a friend of Mo’s for many years, is delighted that he is going to be honoured.

The Scarborough players wore T-shirst in memory of Mo at the Heath game last year

The Scarborough players wore T-shirst in memory of Mo at the Heath game last year

Young said: “It is very fitting that Mo will be remembered by 90 or so of his friends and family playing a game of rugby.

“He loved the sport and was a very big part of our club. The support the event has had and the amount of people wanting to play just shows how popular he was.

“As a friend of Mo’s and in my position at the club, I’m delighted we’re going to be remembering him in this fashion.”

Scarborough RUFC’s current first team captain Phil Watson echoed Young’s sentiments.

Watson added: “It is great that we’re honouring Mo.

“He was a massive part of this club and the numbers of people asking to play and people coming up for the day show how popular he really was.

“We want as many people as possible to come up and support the day on Monday.

“Not only are we honouring a good friend, but it’s also to raise money for an excellent cause.”

Scarborough RUFC first team coach Jason Lowde is also pleased to see Mo being honoured with a memorial fixture and lunch.

During the half-time interval, Klosters’ football and netball teams will be on the pitch to contest a kicking competition.

Klosters FC manager Rhys Howell said: “It is great that the football club is getting behind this event in Mo’s memory.

“Mo did an awful lot for us as a club and we were always grateful to him.

“Hopefully people will get behind the event and we can raise a lot of money for charity.”

The memorial service that was due to take place in the gardens at Silver Royd on Monday, will now be held on Tuesday April 9, starting at 9am.