There was a fantastic turnout last night (Wednesday, March 22nd) as we gathered to remember our much-loved team-mate and friend Lloyd Manning, who passed away suddenly before Christmas. 

Lloyd played for our Reserves and hundreds of people joined in a minute’s applause before the side took on Chard Town Reserves. 

His family have launched a fund-raising campaign for the charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) and the total has now passed a staggering £5,000. 

A raffle took place with more than 100 wonderful prizes donated by local businesses and individuals while two signed Exeter City shirts with a pair of match tickets raised £260 at auction.

There was also a bucket collection and barbecue as £3,772 was raised on the night. 

Lloyd’s family said afterwards: “We are truly touched by all the love, support and fundraising efforts from everyone who has contributed.   

“It was incredible to see everyone come together and unite to remember our Lloyd.    

“We have raised an outstanding amount of money in his memory and hope we can begin to make a change and raise much needed awareness.  

“We continue to feel humbled and cannot thank everybody enough for all that they are doing. Lloyd will be forever loved and never forgotten.” 

Wellington Reserves won the match 2-0 and, afterwards, manager Nick Buttle said: “It was great to see so many people at the Playing Field last night in support of the team and CALM charity – truly incredible. 

“The lads gave everything on the field for our number 3, Lloyd, and the whole occasion was a fitting tribute to a much-loved player who is missed by all. 

“Thanks to everyone who made it such a success.” 

If you were unable to get along last night, you can still donate in Lloyd’s memory by CLICKING HERE

Photos courtesy of Mike Green.