A memorial fund for former Chairboys star Paul McCarthy has been created following his death last month at the age of just 45.The much-loved Irishman - who starred for the club between 1996 and 2003 - was remembered at Adams Park during the recent home game against Crawley Town, with former teammates including Jason Cousins, Keith Scott, Mo Harkin, Leeyon Phelan, groundsman Jim Gardner and 90s coach Jim Melvin in attendance.
A hushed crowd in the Caledonian Suite after the Crawley match listened to stories about the centre half who scored five goals in that epic run to the semi-finals under Lawrie Sanchez. At five minutes into the game, the whole crowd and Wycombe staff led by Gareth Ainsworth stood and posted a minute’s applause to the man who honoured the Blues’ No 5 shirt in 259 matches.
Fans and ex-players were moved by the exhibition the club put on in the foyer, which contained photos, programmes and Macca’s FA Cup semi-final shirt. Many will return to pay further tributes when Paul’s funeral is held on Friday 24th March (11am) at St Mary's Church, Crowborough with a private family cremation held straight after.
After the service everyone is welcome to move on to Crowborough FC to raise a drink - or a few - and celebrate his life. Wife Cath and daughters - Erin (20), Libby (18), Scarlet (16), Cassidy (14) - say they would prefer people to wear bright colours and not to buy flowers.
They have set up a Paul McCarthy Memorial Fund via funeral directors Tester & Jones. If you would like to make a contribution to the fund, please send a cheque - made payable to C. McCarthy - to Tester & Jones Independent Funeral Services, London Road, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 2TT, or direct any enquiries to their website.