The local football community came together at the Trust Ground in North Road, Stoke Gifford on Sunday 28th July to once again celebrate the life of Ben Hiscox (pictured right), who tragically died in hospital days after sustaining a head injury during a game at the same venue in March 2015.
Ben, 30, was playing for Stoke Gifford United FC when he slid off the pitch following a challenge and struck his head against the wall of the clubhouse.
Football finally returned to the venue in 2017, with the blessing of Ben’s family, after a number of safety alterations had been made to the ground.
This year’s memorial game between teams loosely representing Stoke Gifford United FC and Little Stoke FC ended 2-2 after normal time, with the goals coming from James Stephens and Nathan Daniels for Stoke Gifford and Zac Cosgrove and Enis Akgun for Little Stoke.
An impromptu penalty shoot out saw victory eventually go to Little Stoke with the winning goal being scored by young Corey Evans, son of Little Stoke’s manager for the day, Ricky Evans.
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This article originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 25). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.