Stratford Town chairman Jed McCrory gives an emotional interview on the death of one of their players Cody Fisher this week.
He spoke to Sky News, saying they had requested for their next match, scheduled for Monday away at Bromsgrove Sporting, be cancelled. This was approved by the league.
He said the club was waiting for a decision from the league “to support the fact the club is grieving” and added that “players that were with Cody on the night do not feel they can play football in the near future, which is fully understandable.”
“He was so well-liked.”
Stratford Town FC chairman Jed McCrory says players at the club are “heartbroken” by the death of their teammate Cody Fisher, 23, who was fatally stabbed at a Birmingham nightclub on Boxing Day.
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“The players and club met last night (Thursday) and feel it is only right the first game, in respect for Cody, will be at the next home game and therefore the players and staff are aiming to play a week Saturday at home to Kings Langley.
“We will have a minute’s applause before the game (and) a further minute’s applause in the 23rd minute.
“We will be retiring the number 23 from the football club squad numbers.”
Jed also revealed that the club are in the process of arranging a memorial game, with the money raised going to his family, alongside the creation of a charity.
“We will be setting up a Cody Fisher Community Fund associated to our academy.
“This fund will be used for young adults to get a coaching license to be able to coach kids in schools like Cody did.”
“Stratford Town has been overwhelmed with the support from all the non-league clubs that have contacted the club and I would like to thank the whole football fraternity for showing what football is about, up and down the country. We applaud them and thank them for their support in such a tragic time for everyone,” he concluded.
Following a request from Stratford Town to the League for the postponement of the scheduled match on Bank Holiday Monday, the League’s Board considered this request and the game is now postponed.
The nightclub where a 23-year-old footballer lost his life in a knife attack has had its licence suspended for 28 days with Birmingham City Council holding a meeting with police saying there had been “serious management failings” at the Crane venue.
The West Midlands force said in a statement that Cody Fisher had died during “a fight on the dance floor” and officers had then faced “a scene of chaos and drug use”.
The suspension is pending a full review hearing to take place at a later date.
Managers of the club said they were cooperating with authorities following events on Boxing Day (26 December) and their planned New Years’ event was cancelled..
One sergeant’s account of what happened said the club’s security guards had asked officers to help them with crowd control following the stabbing, while other “oblivious” staff members were “wandering around all over the place” and started to clean up the crime scene.
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“They have started to clean the dance floor further down from where the deceased was; officers shouted at them to stop,” the sergeant said.
“While officers are doing CPR, you can see people are just wandering around in the scene freely. As soon as we had more officers on the scene they were removed and the whole dance floor was cordoned off and the area was made sterile.
“There were hundreds of small drugs bags and nitrous oxide canisters all over the dance floor. These include the small and the very large nitrous oxide canisters with balloons.”
In a statement issued after the hearing, the nightclub said it was focused on “helping support the fullest possible investigation”.
“It cannot be business as usual at the Crane and we have not opposed the temporary licence suspension requested by the police,” it said.
“It is much too early to comment on details or individual anecdotal accounts surrounding this appalling event; these must be sifted and assessed with care, and we welcome that.
“We recognise that issues such as checks and security facilities employed at the venue on that evening must come under close scrutiny, and whilst our contracted security staff are qualified professionals licensed by the SIA, this will nevertheless be the subject of a careful and detailed review.”
Officers arrested a 22-year-old man in London at about 3am on Thursday in connection with the stabbing.
He becomes the third person to be arrested on suspicion of murdering Cody Fisher, who previously played for other non league clubs including Bromsgrove Sporting and Stourbridge. He also had previously worked as a coach at a school in Redditch.
Detectives are given more time on Friday to question the first two people after magistrates granted them an extension while four others were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender with two released on bail and two remaining in custody, police said.
Police found a knife at the scene and a post-mortem examination confirmed Cody Fisher sadly died of a stab wound.
Four men in total have been arrested in Birmingham on suspicion of attempted robbery by police using Section 60 powers.
Officers stopped and searched a vehicle spotted outside a club on Trent Street and detained the men aged between 18 and 24.
Birmingham City, where Cody Fisher was part of the academy, held a minute’s silence ahead of kick-off in their home match against Hull earlier in the week. Players, officials and staff members also wore black armbands as a mark of respect.
As the Stratford Town chairman gives an emotional interview on the death of Cody Fisher, Twitter users also paid tribute…
@roby_teed: So, so, so sad. If anyone ever considers carrying a knife, even if it’s “just to protect yourself”, don’t do it, nothings ever worth taking a life over. Hand them into the authorities. Rest in Peace Cody, and hope whoever did this get’s what’s coming to them. ❤️
@MP4Stratford: So very sad to hear of this heartbreaking news. My thoughts and prayers are with Cody’s family and friends, teammates and colleagues at Stratford Town FC.
@KieranW99: Shocking, how are people able to get into to these sort of places carrying knifes these bouncers/clubs need to do proper fucking searches
@swash_jo: Another young man lost his life, this is happening all too often something needs to change 😢😢😢
@liam93b: No arrests or witnesses yet in a packed out club makes no sense
@Coach_2_Win: Really sad news! RIP Cody thoughts are with his family and all his team mates at Stratford Town FC #nonleague #footballfamily
@conyard_adam: Sentence needs changing for these fucking pricks carrying knives. Country is weak as fuck
@benwelsh_6: Horrible. Rest in peace Cody!🕊️
@ChristopherCoe1: What terrible news to here anytime of the year, can’t go anywhere these days R.I.P young man 😔