Thursday 26 April 2018

Dublin schoolboys produce inspiring and emotional tribute to former team-mate who tragically passed away on pitch

Members of Belvedere FC at the funeral of Shetemi Ayetigbo
Members of Belvedere FC at the funeral of Shetemi Ayetigbo
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Players from a Dublin schoolboy team have come together to produce an inspiring tribute video to their team-mate who died tragically on the football pitch a year ago.

Shetemi Ayetigbo, affectionately known as Shay, passed away in June last year playing for his team Belvedere against St Kevin's Boys in a Dublin District Schoolboy League Under-16 clash.

And now, as his one-year anniversary approaches, his Belvedere team-mates have produced a poignant seven-minute video in tribute to their former team-mate and friend.

Shay was a popular figure in the Belvedere set-up, the life and soul of the dressing room who "always bought a smile" to the faces of those around him.

Many of his Belvo team-mates spoke passionately of their most memorable Shay moment which came, ironically, in the dressing room before that clash with St Kevin's.

"I would also like to talk about his last game at Shanowen Road. In the dressing room before the game we were listening to music and Shay got up and started dancing in front of all of us and made us all smile and laugh. It's a moment that will live with me for the rest of my life," said James Finnerty.

"Shay was a very good player. He was a centre midfield player and was very hard working, very committed and gave 100 per cent every game. I played with Shay for a year at Belvo and never saw him have a bad game. He was always up there with the top five players on the pitch.

"He was a leader on and off the pitch. In the dressing room, Shay was the main character, he gelled the team together."

"To this day Shay still makes every single member of that Belvedere Under-16 team laugh and smile every time we think about him," said Shane Gregory.

"He is definitely the funniest character I have ever met. I used to have a go at me, Sean and Adam's accent because we are from Dundalk and he would nail it every time. He would over-exaggerate it every single time but he was so funny, he would make it so funny, no matter what he said.

"He is always going to be that funny person that everybody remembers. I can't believe it is a year already."

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