Alex Wilson Memorial Match Sunday 25 September
A football match, in memory of Alex Wilson (Rb 2003-08), who was Captain of Football while at Shrewsbury School, was played at the School on Sunday 25th September. Two strong sides, the Alex Wilson XI and an Old Salopian XI, provided a very entertaining game on a slippery, wet pitch. In spite of the conditions, a large crowd turned out to support the two teams. It proved to be a very competitive game with close chances at either end.
Captained by Alex’s older brother Henry, the team made up of Alex’s contempories kept their nerve in the shoot-out against a star studded OS outfit.
At the end of normal time the game was tied 0-0. Consequently the players agreed that the match should be decided by a penalty shoot-out. In a 'fairytale finish', Henry Wilson, brother of Alex, put away the perfect penalty to ensure that the Alex Wilson XI were victorious by 5 goals to 4. There are plans to make this game a regular fixture within the Old Salopian calendar.
The match was the official launch of the Alex Wilson Foundation which aims to raise enough money to place a Shropshire Lad into the school where Alex excelled between 2003-8.
Despite ending 0-0, the match was full of chances, especially the second half and keepers Tom Shaw for the Wilson XI and the OS’ Richard McGarry excelled throughout.
Former First XI stars were everywhere on both sides and it made for an attacking and attractive game.
A full account of the match, by Alex's brother, Henry can be found here.
Alex Wilson XI: Tom Shaw, Michael Barnard, Mike Williams, James Franklin, Mark Tomley, Toyin Mustapha, Ben Freeman, Henry Wilson ©, Adam Parker, Rory Griffiths, Ally Lloyd, Freddie Pragnel, Ben Williams, Rhys Bevan
Old Salopian XI: Rich McGarry, Oli Harrison, Charlie Pilkington, Harry Fildes ©, Rob Hawkin, Robbie Williams, Tom Kelly, Oliver Heywood, Hamish McKenzie, Jack Brydon, Ben Alderson, Jack Travers, Ben Cooke, Alex Gittins, George Blakemore