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Thursday August 23, 2012
Brian Galea RIP

Brian Galea

Vernon Sports FC is mourning the tragic loss of their teammate Brian Galea who died last week at the age of 47. He was well known and hugely respected in local football circles where he had made many friends over the past three decades.

Brian was born in Preston on the 30th of April 1965, he was raised in Deepdale and he went to St Ignatius and St Thomas Moore Schools.

He worked for himself the majority of his working life; He owned Auto-Spares on Skeffington Road for a number of years before retraining to become the ‘Best Dent Man Around'. These were jobs that made Brian well known, as well as for being honest and the ‘go to' man around. If you needed a helping hand, or where to get something, he was your man. Nothing was too much trouble for him.

Brian, who didn't drink or smoke, made well over 1000 appearances in the adult leagues spanning a career of almost 30 years. Amongst the clubs he played the most for were Sporting Preston and Vernon Sports, for whom he has played the last ten years.

Vernon Sport's Manager, Steve Turton described Brian as ‘The best captain of any team at any time, he gave 100% to every game and drove on the players around him. Brian was very proud of his record of scoring in every single season he played, but the players who remember him are just proud to have played alongside him'.

He was married to his wife Michelle for 28 years and they had three children, Francesca, Narico, and Antonia who described their father as ‘a wonderful dad, who we absolutely adore and always will do.' Michelle paid tribute to Brian by saying, ‘He was and always will be the love of my life.

Brian was diagnosed with a brain tumour in January 2011. Initially it was removed in April of the same year but unfortunately came back within 9 months. Brian battled on despite losing the sight in his right eye. A second tumour was removed this April and followed up with 6 weeks of intense radiotherapy.

He was seemingly on the mend when he took a bout of pneumonia a couple of weeks ago. At the start of last week he was admitted to Royal Preston Hospital with chest pains and difficulty breathing. Following an angiogram Brian's family were given the terrible news he had passed away. An inquest is to follow. His funeral will be held on Friday 24 August.

League Chairman Eamonn McNamara said, “This is tragic news and our sympathies go to Michelle, Francesca, Narico, and Antonia. Brian Galea made a massive contribution to football in general and to this League in particular and he will be remembered with affection. He was one of us, a real football man”.

The League invites all clubs and match officials to observe a minutes silence in Brian's memory before their game on Sunday 26th August.

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