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Village to honour Emery in memorial match

Striker: Emery, who wore No 9, died in 1988

North Village will honour one of their former players, Charlie Emery, during the inaugural North Village Memorial Preseason Football Tournament which starts tonight at the North Field, National Sports Centre.

The round-robin tournament will feature Hamilton Parish, Devonshire Colts and Robin Hood in matches starting 7.30pm, with Village playing Parish and Colts facing Hood.

Matches will continue on Sunday at Bernard Park with the winners playing in the final at 3pm. The consolation final will start at 1pm.

Emery, a lively striker, was just 28 when he died in a boat accident in 1988. Emery wore the No 9 jersey for Village, the only retired jersey number with the club’s Premier Division team.

He played alongside the Bean brothers, Ralph and Mel, and the Dill brothers, Garrett and Parks.

During his time, Emery was also a part of the Bermuda youth team that competed in Honduras in the Concacaf Championships in 1978. Under coach Winston “Coe” Trott, the team was considered as one of Bermuda’s best youth teams, including the likes of goalkeeper Charlie Marshall and Anthony Manders, captain Mel Bean, Phillip Smith, Marvin Campbell, the late Clevie Campbell, Clevie Wade, Jack Castle, Stevie Dickinson, Stevie Riley and the late Owen Amory.

Village will acknowledge Emery’s contribution to the club during the preseason tournament.

“North Village Community Club invites all former players who may have played alongside Charlie or fans who watched him during the glory days to come out, reminisce and enjoy the beautiful game in spirit of the game, as well as anyone who would like to watch some competitive football in advance of the upcoming 2015-16 season,” the club said.

“There is no entry fee for either set of matches, however donations will be graciously accepted to assist with the funding of the Charles Emery Scholarship Fund for tertiary education.”