Tony Blake Memorial Charity Football Festival
Dates : Saturday & Sunday 2020
Venue : Playfootball, Swansea
Cost : £ 25 Per Team
All Children Receive a Medal
To secure a place/s, payment has to be made no later than Saturday , via bank transfer or paypal,
please contact Reeco on 07779495480 for details.
Cost of Entry is £ 1
Players and Coaches are Free Entry
U 16’s Free Entry
This Charity Football Festival will be an annual event and is a mark of Respect To Tony Blake for all his hard work and dedication towards The Beautiful Game in Swansea.
I have spoken to Jo Tony’s Daughter and I have said that 50% of what is raised every year will be donated to Jo and The Family, they can use it for any cause they see fit.
I would like to Thank Tony’s Family for allowing us to use Tony’s name and I am sure he would approve.
On behalf of everyone, I would also like to Thank the Staff at Playfootball for the Complimentary use of the pitches.
The Legacy of Anthony John Lawson-Blake
Anthony John Lawson-Blake first arrived in Swansea during the year of 1957, a sprightly 17 year old cockney lad with bags of swagger, who quickly became known as Tony Blake.
Following his departure from the Merchant Navy and subsequent settlement in Swansea area, Tony secured several positions before finally landing a Bakery management position with McPhersons.
This appointment proved to be the foundation stone and catalyst for the following 43 years.
A key part of Tony’s role was to establish a Sunday league football team to carry the name of McPhersons, Tony together with Peter McPherson a fellow supporter of the beautiful game, set about the recruitment and development of the new team. Tony a keen goalkeeper and avid football supporter took up the challenge with great effect. This proved to be the start of something special with Tony recognising his natural ability to manage, motivate, empower and coach effectively.
Tony next quest, following great friendships he had struck up, was to start a football team with a bunch of likely lads from Penlan. Severn players from the team hailed from Prescelli road in Penlan, and the name was born, 43 years ago Prescelli football club rose from the ashes and was driven forward by the tireless efforts of this one man. To give a flavour of Tony commitment and passion to the cause, I detail the following.
Back in the day there were no mobile phones, social media, or even landline telephones, unless of course if you were more fortunate than others. Tony along with his daughter Joanne would physically call to each player’s house come rain or shine to inform the players of their selection and to advice if “the game was on” I guess this is where Tony mantra of, I quote “A club with-out a social life, is a club without a heart”came from. For Tony not only built up a club of players, but also built a club with close relationships with the player’s families.
events which promoted family inclusion proved to be the cement which held the
club, friends and families together for such a long period of time.
The years that followed are well documented and were flooded with successes, which helped propel the clubs growing reputation. Successive promotions up the Swansea league divisions, Cup successes; medals, trophies and cups are now captured in history and remain part of Prescelli colourful legacy.
With Legacy and the dogged determination to build the club sustainability in mind, Tony turned his attention to grass root football. Tony had a vision to build a club which was sustainable, fit for the future and able to self-resource; Youth team football became Tony main focus. Tony worked tirelessly
on his quest to develop a club which invested heavily in youth development, Tony efforts established Pescelli-Penlan football club as a leader in its field.
With the compass and chart firmly set for the clubs direction of travel and journey ahead,Tony has achieved his goal, through his efforts he leaves a club born from a local community which lives to serve a local community.
A club founded on sound morals and principles with strong family inclusion at the heart of its mantra.
A club which embraces a holistic view point and concentrates on creating opportunities for its community’s youngsters, recognising each individual player’s importance, as the future lifeblood to the club, an affiliation once experienced never forgotten.
The foundations have been laid and are now firmly set; a dawning of a new era has begun.
Custodians Gary Roberts and his dedicated team of managers/coaches will proudly carry forward the name Pescelli-Penlan upholding the lasting memory of its amazing founder
(Mr Football) Antony John Lawson-Blake 27-01-1940 to 19-11-2016.
RIP Tony. X