Nantwich Town Football Club are delighted to announce that they and friends Crewe Alexandra have decided to tribute Alex legend Barry Daly in the form of the Barry Daly Memorial Trophy, what is hoped to become an annual testimonial fixture for the much-loved club servant from Gresty Road.

This means that every friendly contested between the two sides will be contested for the Memorial Trophy, the first of which takes place this forthcoming Saturday afternoon. Barry, fondly known around Gresty Road as ‘Big Baz’, sadly passed away aged 63 last month, and his funeral was attended by hundreds of people, including current and former players as well as supporters from the Alex.

While Barry was a Crewe Alexandra supporter at heart, he always looked out for the results from the men in green down the road, and it is hoped that his memory will live on in the form of the prize, the winners of which will hold onto the silverware until the sides meet once more.

Barry’s wife Judith and family have been invited as special guests for the game, which will kick-off at 3.00pm.

Nantwich Town Director of Football Clive Jackson said:

“For me personally, I had a friendship with Barry which went back to our days together at Basford Hall.

“We shared many a laugh and enjoyed our football together. Although he was a Crewe Alex man, he was always a friendly face at Nantwich and a firm friend of the club.

“It’ll be a lasting tribute to his memory as the intention is for it to become an annual match wherever possible.”

“I can’t think of a more fitting tribute to him than for the two clubs to play for a memorial trophy in his name.

A superb game of football looks to be on offer, as both Dave Cooke and Dave Artell are expected to play strong sides in what will be an emotional fixture at the Weaver Stadium.

Admission is priced at £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £2 for U16s, or free with an accompanying full-paying adult.