Father of crash victim Jason Lee takes solace in Wolves Shield success
Sidney Lee, the father of late Wolves striker Jason Lee, says the club’s victory over Young Men’s Social Club in an exciting Shield final at the Flora Duffy Stadium yesterday has helped his family and the community come to terms with their loss.
The experienced player was killed in a road accident on April 12, just two days before his birthday, and six days after setting up both goals in Wolves’ 2-1 win over previously unbeaten promoted First Division champions Hamilton Parish in the Shield semi-final after coming on as a second-half substitute.
Wolves played in honour of their former team-mate in an absorbing final, with his father on hand during the postgame award ceremony with the victors.
“Jason would definitely be pleased with what his team-mates achieved, and I am so happy they done it,” Sidney Lee told The Royal Gazette.
“They said they must win it for Jason and any of them can make my team any time the way they played today.”
Social Club stormed into a 2-0 lead on first-half goals from Jomeko Mallory and captain Ryan Parris.
However, Wolves rallied after the break and hit back with three unanswered goals from Sergio Richardson, captain London Steede from the penalty spot and substitute Morricko Iris, who scored the winner in stoppage time.
Lee, the former Wolves and North Village winger, said he never doubted Wolves’ ability to turn their fortunes around.
“I knew they would win it because they had ammunition on the bench,” he added. “I knew they were going to pull it through.
“This result helps the family and the community. They are all happy for this.”
Vince Minors, the Wolves coach, said the late striker, who like his father also had a stint with Village, meant a lot to the club.
“Jason means a lot of us; his heart, his love, his drive, his infectious smile and passion and love for the game,” he said. “We are just glad he came back to Wolves at this time.
“The funeral is on Tuesday, so this was for him. He is definitely smiling looking down at us saying ‘thank you’.”