Proud dad John praises support for Mo’s memorial day

131404a The Andrew 'Mo' Stevenson Memorial Rugby Match at Silveroyd on Easter Monday, between the Gulls and Klosters Exiles.  Photo by Andrew Higgins    01/04/2013
131404a The Andrew 'Mo' Stevenson Memorial Rugby Match at Silveroyd on Easter Monday, between the Gulls and Klosters Exiles. Photo by Andrew Higgins 01/04/2013
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Over 80 players turned up to contest the first annual memorial match for Andrew ‘Mo’ Stevenson, who sadly passed away last year.

The game between a Scarborough RUFC side and Klosters Exiles was kicked off with a minute’s applause, while Russ Wilkie read A.E Housman’s poem, To An Athlete Dying Young, and Mo’s dad John was quick to praise the efforts of all involved, as well as the superb turnout on the day.

131404c  A.E Housman's poem, To An Athlete Dying Young, is read out before the Andrew 'Mo' Stevenson Memorial Rugby Match at Silveroyd on Easter Monday, between the Gulls and Klosters Exiles.  Photo by Andrew Higgins    01/04/2013

131404c A.E Housman's poem, To An Athlete Dying Young, is read out before the Andrew 'Mo' Stevenson Memorial Rugby Match at Silveroyd on Easter Monday, between the Gulls and Klosters Exiles. Photo by Andrew Higgins 01/04/2013

John said: “We were delighted with the response from everyone.

“To have over 80 players want to be involved and to see all Mo’s friends from the rugby club, Staxton Cricket Club, and Klosters’ football and netball teams was a testament to his standing in the community and his popularity.”

John was also quick to thank the people who made the memorial day happen.

He added: “These things don’t just come together, a lot of work goes in to putting them on.

131404h Players and spectators hold one minute applause for Mo before the Andrew 'Mo' Stevenson Memorial Rugby Match at Silveroyd on Easter Monday, between the Gulls and Klosters Exiles.  Photo by Andrew Higgins    01/04/2013

131404h Players and spectators hold one minute applause for Mo before the Andrew 'Mo' Stevenson Memorial Rugby Match at Silveroyd on Easter Monday, between the Gulls and Klosters Exiles. Photo by Andrew Higgins 01/04/2013

“We had a great team of people who worked really hard to put the game on.

“Dave Marsden, Jez Pratt, Sam Conlin, Simon Smith and Russ Wilkie, in particular, were great.

“But Graeme Young and everyone at the club have been great too. We really appreciate everyone’s efforts and support in making it a fantastic day,”

There will be a memorial service in the gardens at Silver Royd next Tuesday at 8am.

131404j  Jez Pratt compered the event, the Andrew 'Mo' Stevenson Memorial Rugby Match at Silveroyd on Easter Monday, between the Gulls and Klosters Exiles.  Photo by Andrew Higgins    01/04/2013

131404j Jez Pratt compered the event, the Andrew 'Mo' Stevenson Memorial Rugby Match at Silveroyd on Easter Monday, between the Gulls and Klosters Exiles. Photo by Andrew Higgins 01/04/2013

John added: “It is an open invitation for everyone to come down. We would be delighted to see people at the service.”

131404m Action from the first game of the Andrew 'Mo' Stevenson Memorial Rugby Match at Silveroyd on Easter Monday, between the Gulls and Klosters Exiles.  Photo by Andrew Higgins    01/04/2013

131404m Action from the first game of the Andrew 'Mo' Stevenson Memorial Rugby Match at Silveroyd on Easter Monday, between the Gulls and Klosters Exiles. Photo by Andrew Higgins 01/04/2013

131404n  Action from the first game of the Andrew 'Mo' Stevenson Memorial Rugby Match at Silveroyd on Easter Monday, between the Gulls and Klosters Exiles.  Photo by Andrew Higgins    01/04/2013

131404n Action from the first game of the Andrew 'Mo' Stevenson Memorial Rugby Match at Silveroyd on Easter Monday, between the Gulls and Klosters Exiles. Photo by Andrew Higgins 01/04/2013

131404r Action from the first game of the Andrew 'Mo' Stevenson Memorial Rugby Match at Silveroyd on Easter Monday, between the Gulls and Klosters Exiles.  Photo by Andrew Higgins    01/04/2013

131404r Action from the first game of the Andrew 'Mo' Stevenson Memorial Rugby Match at Silveroyd on Easter Monday, between the Gulls and Klosters Exiles. Photo by Andrew Higgins 01/04/2013

131404t Action from the first game of the Andrew 'Mo' Stevenson Memorial Rugby Match at Silveroyd on Easter Monday, between the Gulls and Klosters Exiles.  Photo by Andrew Higgins    01/04/2013

131404t Action from the first game of the Andrew 'Mo' Stevenson Memorial Rugby Match at Silveroyd on Easter Monday, between the Gulls and Klosters Exiles. Photo by Andrew Higgins 01/04/2013

131404w Waiting his turn to play in the first game of the Andrew 'Mo' Stevenson Memorial Rugby Match at Silveroyd on Easter Monday, between the Gulls and Klosters Exiles.  Photo by Andrew Higgins    01/04/2013

131404w Waiting his turn to play in the first game of the Andrew 'Mo' Stevenson Memorial Rugby Match at Silveroyd on Easter Monday, between the Gulls and Klosters Exiles. Photo by Andrew Higgins 01/04/2013