MARK PHILO REMEMBERED
(Sunday 29th January 2006)
An attendance of around 500 paid their final respects to Mark Philo in an emotional service held at Adams Park on Sunday 29th January. Mark's favourite music (R Kelly's I wish) opened the service before Club Chaplain's John Roberts and Tim O'Brien introduced tributes from Roger Johnson, John Gorman and Ivor Beeks.
John Gorman said he hoped that Mark would be an inspiration to future Wycombe players, saying "I just want some of our lads to be inspired by Mark, the young players in particular, that one day they will achieve what Mark didn't get the chance to do." The Wycombe Manager concluded his tribute by reading a poem written especially for Mark.
Farewell our darling Mark,
Prince of young players we must depart,
No more no stand and admire you,
From what once was Adams Park,
So play up the Wycombe Wanderers,
Stand up and play the game,
For in our team a spirit stands,
Mark Philo is his name.
The Wycombe Orpheus Male Voice Choir then led the signing of 'Amazing Grace' before prayers and Bible readings completed the service. The playing of 'You'll never walk alone' was accompanied by Club officials presenting Mark's kit to his parents. Mark's father Pas then bravely concluded the events with the following words of his own.
"On behalf of all our family and friends we would like to say thank you to the club staff, the fans, John Gorman, Steve Brown, Keith Ryan and all the players, plus 'Debs', who has done a fantastic job here for us, Mr Hayes and Mr Beeks who have supported us since the loss of our boy. We will never forget the way everyone has pulled together and the tributes that we have had, the flowers, the website, everything has been absolutely fantastic. We couldn't ask for anything more. All the family now request is, for us, not just for Mark, but for the whole Club, is to get back to winning ways, win the League for everyone connected with this club, this great family club. Thank you very much."
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