Marc Burrows - 9th February 2009

On Saturday 6th December 2008 Marc Burrows played for Christchurch at Hurn Bridge against New Milton Town in the F.A. Vase 3rd round match. Marc scored two of the goals in the three – nil victory and quite rightly received the Man of the Match award presented to him after the game.

Sadly on Monday 9th February 2009 Marc Burrows passed away. He was 30 years old.

Everyone at Christchurch Football Club knew that Marc had been fighting a serious illness but he had been so positive in his battle and his progress had been so encouraging that the news came as an awful shock to us all.

Marc was always a gentleman amidst the sometimes, not so gentle world of football and he loved Christchurch FC as we all loved him. One of my last meetings with “Buzz” was to give him a polo shirt with the Club’s woven badge and his initials, MB on the front. All the lads had received such a shirt and although Buzz had not been able to get involved due to his illness John Macey had made sure that a polo shirt had been produced for him. Buzz’s face was a picture and his gratitude was obvious. We shall all miss him terribly and Christchurch Football Club is a much poorer place without him.

Our thoughts at this time go to Marc’s family and especially to his fiancée Claire.


The Bridgeman

A letter from the Chairman

I wish to thank on behalf of Christchurch Football club, those of you that have already expressed their heart felt condolences at the very sad and untimely passing of our Marc Burrows. Buzz as we all knew him, was a really lovely lad with a great character; his special warm and loving personality would have touched all who came into contact with him.

Buzz was not only a very gifted player, but he also displayed so many other finer attributes, he was a very kind and caring lad with such a lovely personality and an engaging smile permanently displayed on his face.

We at Christchurch Football Club are absolutely heartbroken to have lost our Mate Buzz. I just cannot begin to imagine the pain his lovely Fiancée Claire, along with his parents and close family are going through at this sad time and obviously all our thoughts and prayers are with them.

I know all his old mates from his Sunday BFA playing days especially his West Moors side are also grieving with us, as are all his many other friends in the wider football community both here on the main land and also on the Isle Of Wight. I would like to especially express my personal thanks to my old chum and the current Manager of Newport IOW, Derek Ohren, whose lovely comments in last weeks Pink about Marc, were “right on the money”.

If this does help those that knew Marc, I will offer these thoughts, haven spoken to Marc many times of late about his illness, he would only want you all to remember the good thoughts you have of him.

Buzz was the ultimate little fighter, both on and off the field, he so wanted to beat this illness, sadly he didn’t. However, we all know that Buzz would have given it his best shot and he would want us to remember him that way.

So please try as I am and remember and visualize the lovely person that was Buzz , the ultimate little fighter who gave his all, everytime !!.

RIP Buzz until we meet again, missing you loads already Mick xx

The very sad Chairman of Christchurch Football Club

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