Chris Lill memorial match

Swallownest FC would like to extend a warm welcome to anyone who would like to join them on Saturday, 24th July Swallownest FC when they host their annual Chris Lill memorial match when Swallownest FC play Maltby Main FC for the Chris Lill Trophy.

Swallownest and Maltby Main play an annual fundraising match in memory of Chris’s life and in support of the brilliant staff at Rushey Meadow respite centre and Mind Sheffield.

Christopher Mark Lill, was born on the 25th of February 1992 and is fondly remembered as part of a famous local football family. Brothers Alex and Josh both played for Swallownest and Maltby Main, father Richard is Vice Chair at Swallownest, and Mother Ann has been a supporter of her boys and a popular and valued volunteer at a number of non-League clubs.

After a battle with deteriorating health, Chris passed away on the afternoon of January 12th 2018, aged just 26.

One minute silence at the first game 2019

Chris spent the first few weeks of his life in the Special Care Baby Unit at the Northern General Hospital, where a series of tests revealed that he had been born with a unique chromosomal disorder and would be living with severe learning difficulties.

As younger brothers Alex & Josh grew older, they loved playing football on the back garden and Chris would generally sit in the middle of the ‘pitch’ watching and laughing at them. As they began playing Junior football, Chris really enjoyed watching the boys play their games.

Home life was always frenetic with Chris, so football was always the family escape. Chris was non-verbal and profoundly deaf and later lost his sight, however his smile and use of ‘body language’ ensured he always got his point across. He only really got upset if someone took his football sock away from him (from an early age he used a football sock as a ‘comforter’).

Every Monday night (straight from School) and every 6th weekend, Chris visited Rushey Meadow Respite centre, and was always delighted when he saw his ‘Rushey Overnight bag’.

Rushey Meadow Children’s Home is part of the Sheffield City Council’s Children, Young People and Families Service, located on Bannerdale Road in Sheffield and provides a service of residentially based respite care to children with severe learning disabilities. Their service plays a key role in enhancing the lives of young disabled people and their families; and the home offers care which respects and values the young people within a nurturing environment where their abilities are developed and achievements celebrated with a 24-hour service, including weekends. Some of these children can require a high level of personal care including feeding, bathing, and intimate care, undertaken by highly-skilled and well-trained staff.

Covid stopped last year’s match but this Saturday, hopefully, the 2nd Annual Chris Lill Memorial match will go ahead with a 3pm kick-off and all are welcome down at the Swall Siro stadium @Swallownest Miners Welfare, Rotherham Road, Sheffield. S26 4UR.

Tickets available now and on the gate @
They are priced @ £5 adults, £3 Concession.
U16 accompanied by an adult – Free Of Charge

Maltby FC winners in 2019

If you would like a preview of the joy you could have visiting Swallownest FC and the area, then Swallownest FC – Miners Welfare Ground – Gibbo’s 92 ( is the place to read about it and smile.

A Just Giving page has been set up and you can donate @ “Swallownest FC – Support Rushey Meadow Children’s Home and Mind Sheffield.”

Thanks in advance for your support of a great cause and “a little man who could”.

Mum, Ann and Chris, one of the special band of mothers who care for special children.

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