Nottingham Forest Football Club’s player of the year, Julian Bennett, on Saturday officially opened a sports pavilion named after a father of two.
The £1/4m pavilion for Winthorpe and Coddington Tigers youth football club is named after their former chairman, Mr David Sillery, of Beacon Heights, Newark, who died in February, at 58.
In 2003, Mr Sillery, who was chairman for seven years, started the project to build a new pavilion at the club’s ground, on Stapleford Lane, Coddington, after the old one was destroyed by fire.
The Tigers received £191,134 from the Football Foundation in March 2004 and work began in October that year.
In May 2005, however, the project contractor, Foston Builders, went bankrupt leaving the club short of money.
Work was suspended while money was raised to hire a new builder. The pavilion was finally completed a year ago after additional money was raised through sponsorship, and by parents and supporters.
Mr Sillery’s wife, Mrs Sally Sillery (44) the current chairman, said: “After David’s death the committee decided they wanted to name the pavilion after him and that prompted us to organise the official opening.”
Mrs Sillery attended with the couple’s sons, Tom (20) and Jack (17).
She said her husband would have been pleased with what they had achieved.
The pavilion has four changing rooms, two referees’ rooms, and a kitchen.
About 250 people including players, their families, supporters, and sponsors, were at the opening.
Julian Bennett (23) was joined by fellow Forest player Kelvin Wilson (22) and they signed autographs for fans.