Trade Centre Wales Sponsors Mattie Holtam Memorial Cup 2016

Trade Centre Wales Sponsors Mattie Holtam Memorial Cup 2016 image

The Corries and Whitchurch teams that played at the Principality Stadium in Mattie Holtam’s honour

Mattie Holtam in action for Barry Town

The awe-inspiring arena was a fitting venue to mark the life of a player and personality who left an indelible mark on all who met him


Friends, family and former team-mates of ex-Barry Town player Mattie Holtam gathered at the Principality Stadium for the annual tribute match in his memory.

Holtam was killed in a motorway accident as Barry returned from a fixture in North Wales 20 years ago and since 2010 a special game between Cardiff Corries and Whitchurch has taken place in his honour.

Corries was the club Holtam played for in his junior days, while Whitchurch was where he grew up and went to school, and where so many of his pals from childhood and early adult life were from.

The memorial game has previously taken place at Cardiff University fields in Llanrumney, Cardiff, but last year moved to Cardiff City Stadium before going one better at the weekend.

The Whitchurch team

And it was Whitchurch who ran out comfortable winners in this latest encounter, claiming a 9-2 victory to make the overall series score 4-2 in their favour.

Evergreen striker Peter Cheeseman was their hero, bagging five goals, with Glen Powell, Paul Hyndman and Phil Hyndman also on target. An own goal by ex-Cardiff City defender Andy Gorman completed the Whitchurch tally.

Corries fought back in the second half and got two back through Aaron Skelton, but were always second best.

Game organiser Lee Rogers, who played for the Corries and was a youth trainee with Holtam at Luton Town, said: “It was yet another great occasion and a fitting way to remember Mattie 20 years after we lost him.

“It was great to see so many people turn up to watch and a real thrill to play the game at the stadium.”

Source -Wales Online