Remembering Jermaine Wright – Grassroots Football Will Always Be About People Like Jermaine

By Hackney & Leyton Sunday Football League,

The Hackney & Leyton Football League are devastated at the hugely sudden tragic passing of our league stalwart Jermaine Wright on Monday (27th April).

In a time like this there are no words that can be written that can truly express the shock of such events from the league and those that knew Jermaine.

Jermaine was sent home from work (Jermaine worked for the NHS) in the middle of March to follow Government guidelines to self-isolate for 14 days after showing symptoms of Covid19. The last interaction he had with the League was on the 25th of March via David Joseph on the League’s WhatsApp group. Jermaine never mentioned his condition, such was his nature he probably didn’t want to worry anyone. After a period of not replying back to us, contact was made to the police as we was starting to worry – this was very unlike Jermaine to go too long without replying.

We later found out that Jermaine had been admitted on the 25th of March to the Royal Brompton Hospital – not lost on us that his 46th birthday was only four days previous. After a month in hospital battling Covid19 Jermaine passed away on Monday 27th April. The world has lost a son, a brother, a dear friend, a colleague and a true pantheon among grassroots football.

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