Cambridge United’s FA Trophy-winning captain Ian Miller is planning a Mark Lucchi memorial match off the back of an ‘amazing’ response to last week’s Free Press article.
The former Bury Town captain revealed he would be paying a Wembley tribute by wearing tape over his left wrist, as he always does, to remember the friend he lost in a car accident on the A14 nearly 12 years ago to the day on Sunday.
And after being overwhelmed by former team-mates reading the article from across the Atlantic as well as within Suffolk, the ex-Ipswich Town defender is joining forces with Lucchi’s father Robbie to throw his weight behind a memorial match at Bury Town this spring.
“People who played with him who are now in America have even been getting in touch — it has been mad,” he said. “Robbie rang me up after Wembley saying it has got everyone talking about him (Mark).
“Bury Town have said they are happy to provide Ram Meadow to get the game on.
“Forms went out to everyone and we have already got 30 to 40 people who want to play in it.
“When you think there were only 25 lads in the team (at West Suffolk College) that is incredible.”
Bury Town chairman Russell Ward, who will be holding a beer festival at the club from next Friday to coincide with next Satur-day’s ladies’ day, said he just needs to move a few fixtures around before finalising the date, which will be before May 18.
Miller was able to lift the FA Trophy, the most prestigious cup competition in non-League football, at Wembley for the second time in three attempts on Sunday.
The Skrill Conference Premier side beat Conference South Hampshire outfit Gosport Borough 4-0.
“The first time will always be special,” said Miller of winning the competition with Darlington in 2011. “But to go to Wembley and lift any trophy is memorable.
“It was more comfortable this time, which meant we were not hanging on in the last half an hour and able to enjoy it more.”
The 30-year-old now hopes it can inspire his Cambridge side to more glory at Wembley in May, as the second-placed side, 14 points off Luton in the one automatic spot, target a return to the Football League via the play-offs.