Club declares this Saturday’s football to be ‘Rod Larnach Day’

All senior, youth and junior games played this weekend will honour Cambridge FC Life Member Rod Larnach who died last year.

Saturday will be called ‘Rod Larnach Day’ at John Kerkhof Park so club members past and present can join the Larnach family in remembering a man who made a huge contribution to the club.

Rod Larnach coached junior teams at Cambridge FC in the 1980s after playing Northern League football for the club. He served as the club’s treasurer and held various committee roles before being named a Life Member.

Larnach died last year, aged 71, during the COVID-19 lockdown when restrictions on gatherings prevented his funeral.

Later in the year, a gathering of family and friends gathered at our football club to remember him.

Cambridge FC thought it would be fitting for all club members and players to join in showing their respects by holding ‘Rod Larnach Day’ next weekend.

Senior teams will wear black armbands and we request teams to respect a minute’s silence before kick-off.

The Larnach family have donated a trophy to the club. Known as the Rod Larnach Memorial Trophy, it will be awarded annually to the club’s Coach of the Year, selected from all the club’s coaches, including those who have coached junior, youth and senior teams.

The Coach of the Year title would not necessarily go to whichever coach had the most successful team, in terms of results or competition titles.

“Our criteria for judging will take into account the lengths to which the coach went to do the best possible job; the benefits they created for players and the club; and how they conducted themselves,” Technical Director Ricki Herbert explained.

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