Cole tribute match planned
Stevenage FC chairman Phil Wallace is rallying the troops for an end-of-season benefit game for the late Mitchell Cole.
Cole died on December 1 having battled with a heart complaint called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - an irregular thickness of the heart in certain areas - for most of his life. The former Southend, Stevenage and Oxford midfielder retired from the sport back in February 2011 but did return to play a few games of non-league football earlier this year. Cole had two children with his wife, Charly, who is the sister of England international Joe Cole, and Wallace is in the process of contacting a number of ex-Stevenage stars to try and put together a side for the match. Former manager Graham Westley has already agreed to manage for 45 minutes and it is hoped that another former Boro boss, Mark Stimson, will manage the other period of the game. Wallace feels it is the right things to do to honour a player who was taken far too early in life. "It's such a sad, tragic loss of a young life," he told the club's official website. "Mitch was a key figure for us in the seasons that saw us enjoy a lot of success. "We all knew of his condition but it's simply devastating that a young family with such spirit is taken from us so suddenly. Our hearts go out to his family and also to the players and management that worked with him at Stevenage in his three years with us."