How a proud grandfather inspired two clubs to build friendship between them

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Members of the Pukekohe and Otahuhu United football clubs are using their love of the sport to keep alive memories of supporter Maurice Scott.

Maurice Scott was the grandfather of Pukekohe player Aidan Sarginson and was proud of his grandson’s achievements on the pitch, including turning out for Pukekohe’s first team and reserves.

He came to watch all of Sarginson’s game, home and away.

In the 2019 season, Pukekohe were set to play Otahuhu United in an AFF Division 5 fixture, in which Sarginson would play. But his grandfather didn’t arrive at the game.

Pukekohe president Chris Rowe said: “Aidan left the game and subsequently found out that his grandfather had passed away.”

The Sarginson family later donated a trophy — the Maurice Scott Memorial Trophy — to be played for annually between the Pukekohe and Otahuhu.

It would keep alive the memory of Maurice Scott and the love he had for his grandson and football, Rowe said.

It was first contested in 2022, with Otahuhu winning the inaugural match.

This year, Pukekohe took out the trophy.

Otahuhu United’s chair Stephen West said: “We play this match to honour not only the family but the entire football community because we are one family.”

Main photograph: Players from Pukekohe and Otahuhu United who took part in the inaugural game to remember Maurice Scott, and to celebrate being part of the football community.


The Maurice Scott Memorial Trophy went to Pukekohe this year. From left: Chris Rowe (president, Pukekohe), Michael Smith (coach, Pukekohe), Simon Andruchow (head coach, Pukekohe), Harrison Pasco (Northern Region Football), Tracey Sarginson and Kevin Sarginson (Aidan’s parents).

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