The Lee Stephenson Royal Marine Football player of the year
by RMFA Historian Shaun Foster
Lance Corporal Lee Martin Stephenson RM
19th March 1971 - 11th August 1994
Lance Corporal Lee Martin Stephenson P047479B is a former Royal Marines Football Association (RMFA) player who was tragically taken away from us on Thursday 11th August 1994 aged just 23 after suffering a heart attack, he was at the time serving at Comacchio Group RM.
Such was the impact Lee had on the RMFA family it was decided by the committee to introduce a player of the year trophy named after him and in doing so etching Lee's name and memory into RMFA history. In 1995 the inaugural winner Marine Matt Fisher 45Cdo RM was presented with the trophy by Lee's mum Maureen Stephenson at the Tunney Cup which was held at RMSM Deal, Kent. In 2004 and at the request of the RMFA Lee's mum was invited to the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines Lympstone Devon to attend the Tunney Cup competition once again were she presented the trophy to Captain Terry Price RM.
Extract from the Newcastle Evening Chronicle (Thursday 18th August 1994)
Lee Stephenson was a superfit Royal Marine who loved all sports and exercise. At 23 he was at the peak of his physical condition. Today the young serviceman, from Edmondsley, near Chester-le-Street, is being buried by his grief-stricken family. The lance-corporal who survived the Gulf War and Ulster keeled over with a heart attack while making tea for his mates. Despite attempts to revive him, he died almost immediately.
Other links Commando veterans archive http://www.commandoveterans.org/Lee_Stephenson_RM