A Facebook campaign to commemorate Ulster star Nevin Spence by renaming a stand at the team’s Ravenhill ground in his honour has attracted massive public support.
Over 7,000 people have liked the Spence Stand – Ravenhill page on the social media website. The organisers of the page are trying to get 10,000 people to show their support for the Spence family and the campaign by liking the page.
The 22 year old centre was killed along with his father Noel and older brother Graham in an accident on the family farm in Co Down two weeks ago. Spence had played 42 times for Ulster and had earned underage caps for Ireland. He played in all six of the u20’s Grand Slam winning team in the Six Nations two years ago. Spence had also been called up to the Ireland Wolfhounds side and played for an Ireland XV against the Barbarians in May. He was destined for a bright future with his province and country before the tragic accident.
A memorial service for the rising star and his father and brother was held at Ravenhill last Sunday and they was remembered across Ireland, Scotland and Wales as renditions of Stand Up for the Ulstermen echoed around rugby grounds in the three countries during Rabo Direct PRO12 games last weekend.
Ulster travel to Cardiff to take on the Blues tomorrow night in what is sure to be an emotional first game for the team since Nevin’s tragic death. Now supporters want a permanent tribute to him and his family at the home of Ulster rugby and the facebook page is an online petition calling on the province to rename a stand as a fitting tribute to the late star.
Anyone wishing to pledge their support can do so at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Spence-Stand-Ravenhill/349786208445914