Sporting Memories Network & Foundation Doing Great Work For Retired FootballersPeter Houghton
You never know who you are going to meet when you attend local Football Association Cup Finals, especially when you are guests of Lancashire FA.
At the match on Monday, Southport v Colne I had the pleasure of sharing a table with Keith McIntosh, Steve Elliott and Ross Baxter.
Steve Elliott played for a number of clubs around the North West , notably Preston North End and was voted their player of the year in 1983. Ross Baxter is the son Mick Baxter who also adorned the colours of PNE being voted their player of the year in 1981. Ross is also the nephew of Stuart Baxter who also at one point trod the Preston path but also took in a number of Clubs internationally and manages the South African national team.
Keith McIntosh covers a number of roles at the grass roots end of the game, being Sports Ambassador at St Andrew’s Leyland, a Trustee of the Chorley FC Foundation and is heavily involved with the Chorley FC & Lancashire FA Sporting Memories network. I also discovered today that he is known to our Consultant CEO, John Newsham. The Sporting Memories Foundation is designed to tackle dementia, depression and loneliness through the power of sport.
As we know dementia is playing a more significant role in football, especially the football “after-life” and there have been many mentions of it in recent weeks as the demand for knowledge grows. The Professional Footballers Association (PFA) has been taken to task in connection with this.
Collectively and in addition to the football match we had an interesting evening and I was pleased to learn about the Sporting Memories element of the conversation as many of their activities take place in and around Lancashire FA headquarters, Leyland and Chorley, all of which are local to the FSOA Office.
For further information you can look at @SportsMemNet on twitter.