THE CLUB celebrated the life and career of Laurie Cunningham on Saturday at the match against MK Dons. The day saw dozens of Laurie’s family, friends and former team-mates join us as guests at the Matchroom Stadium with events throughout the day to celebrate the life of the special talent that was cut tragically short.
At 12pm on Brisbane Road was the unveiling of a Nubian Jak Community Trust Blue Plaque to commemorate the life of Laurie and guest speakers included the likes of Cyrille Regis and Brendan Batson – Laurie’s teammates at West Brom – as well as some of his former O’s colleagues including Phil Hoadley and Peter Allen.
Following the unveiling, the guests made their way to the Olympic Suite where lunch was enjoyed with speeches from the guests.
A special edition Laurie Cunningham tribute programme was produced for the occasion and a minute’s applause was held before kick-off to remember the great man.
At half-time, Laurie’s former teammates addressed the crowd with their tributes before Keith Cunningham (Laurie’s brother) and Nicky Brown (Laurie’s long-term partner) placed a wreath produced by the Club behind the goal in front of the Tommy Johnston stand, that was later given to the Cunningham family to place on Laurie’s grave.
The Club would like to thank all of the supporters and guests who attended as well as the Nubian Jak Community Trust for their part in the organisation of the day and Kick It Out and the PFA for their support.
Please see the gallery of the day above and a video of the unveiling below.