Exeter City football club has received a new regular fixture at their ground: a giant flag measuring 60 feet by 40 feet to commemorate a player who died last month of cancer.
Fans took very little time to pay their respects to striker Adam Stansfield, 31, who was greatly admired by the team’s supporters. The gigantic flag bearing Adam’s name and shirt number will be passed over the heads of supporters at Huish Park this weekend, when Exeter face Bristol Rovers.
Loyal Exeter fan Scott Arnold of Heavitree, the man behind the flag, wanted to pay his respects to Stansfield and show that he remained in the hearts and minds of the fans. Arnold said:
“I wanted it to be a long-standing tribute and give something back to Adam as he had given me so much enjoyment on Saturdays. As Exeter City fans, he will always be with us and it is just another sign of how long he will be in the memory of everyone.”
Mr Arnold has said that the flag is quite an impressive sight and has received warm support from fans of all the teams that Exeter have faced since his death. He added that he was looking forward to unfurling it once more this weekend: “Everything that is going on during the day to preserve his memory is nothing more than he deserves.”