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St. Andrew's to host Joshua Ribera memorial

Posted: Wed 07 May 2014
Author: Andy Walker

Joshua Ribera

Image by: Alison Cope

St. Andrew’s will play host to a football tournament in memory of Joshua ‘Depzman’ Ribera on Wednesday 21 May (11am to 4pm).

Budding musician Joshua was stabbed and murdered in Selly Oak last September aged 18; a case that not only shook the Birmingham community but ultimately united the city in the fight against knife crime. 

Now four teams made up of Joshua’s family and friends, including music act ‘Invasion’, will face each other on the famous St. Andrew’s turf, while there will also be further matches between local school teams taking place. The afternoon will also include family entertainment and a balloon release in Joshua’s honour.  Tickets cost £5 for adults, £2 for U13s and £10 for a family ticket (2 adults and one child). To purchase tickets, visit:

The football tournament will be followed by an evening charity ball, also at St. Andrew’s, which has already sold out. 

Looking ahead to the event, Joshua’s mother, Alison Cope, explained: "I am looking forward to Joshua's friends, family, junior and senior schools coming together in a positive way to remember my son. 

“I hope to start a charity in my son’s name to enable young people to enjoy life and move forward in a positive way. I hope this is the first of many events to keep his name alive and I am grateful to Birmingham City Football Club for supporting this event.”

*Please note tickets for the event will not be available to purchase from the St. Andrew's Ticket Office.