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Bromley Cross FC

In memory of Wes


On September 23rd 2007, our close friend and respected team mate Wesley Duraman sadly passed away. This came as a great shock to all his friends and family and over the coming week there was a tremendous outpouring of love, fond memories and wishes of well being for Wes's family on our guestbook. Below, you can read all of the truly heartfelt feelings of the people whose lives Wes touched in such a positive way.

Wes, you were truly loved and liked by everyone you have met and we will NEVER forget you.

Wes's moment of fame

Re-live Wes's moment of fame when his towering header was beamed across the North West. This is actual TV footage of Wes scoring against the Flag FC in a pre-season game a couple of years ago, there's no mistaking that style!

Memorial match

In memory of Wes and his life, Bromley Cross FC will be holding the first in what will become the Annual Wes Duraman Memorial Match. At present this is in the planning stage.

If you are involved in organising the match you can read the minutes of the last meeting.

Guestbook memories

Simon 30/10/2007 18:40:06

I was in Wesley's script class at University. I'm truly shocked and saddend by the news of Wesley's passing. He truly was a gentleman and very talented.

My condolences to his family and friends.


Ann Lord, Brunei 17/10/2007 19:38:06

I have just received the tragic news about dear Wes. I knew him when he was 18 months old and saw him growing up in to the fine young man he was. He touched this world and our lives in such a positive way. He's now moved on to greater things. My deepest condolences to the family.


Rosli Abidin Yahya 14/10/2007 02:01:00

I remembered Wes and Jay when both of them spent their earlier childhood in Brunei back in the early 80s, being a cousin of his father Alias Duraman. After Wes and Jay left for England with her mother Joyce, I have not seen them again; only some words now and then from his father. I am happy to hear that Wes was a keen football player. He was just like his father - a keen sportsman who won honours from Brunei at regional sporting meets in sports such as karate.I am happy to hear that he obtained a degree in media studies; being a journalist myself. I was also looking forward as he was planning to come to Brunei for holidays. However God has other plan for him. And my only memory of Wes was when he was such an active child in Brunei with his brother Jay. Goodbye Wes.My condolence to his father Alias as well as his mother Joyce and his brother Jay from me, my parents, brothers and sisters in Brunei.


Gareth 05/10/2007 20:01:11

I have just decided to see how my friends at Bromley Cross FC are and was in total shock to the tragic loss of Wes, i offer my sincere condonlances to the family, such a shame to lose such wonderfully pleasent person who only had a postive attitude towards life. I pass my wishes from a far. Gareth


Martin 28/09/2007

Wes Duraman - A Special Friend

Following the tragic loss of Wes on Sunday 23rd September, friends, family and team mates past and present gathered in the Masons Arms on Thursday 28th September to remember and celebrate the life of Wesley. Over 50 people were present and what started off as a sombre night ended up a true celebration and reflection of a wonderful person.

The dignity and pride shown by Jay and Wes's Grandma and Grandad was an inspiration to us all. As were Wes's close friends and in particular Andy Holden who displayed amazing bravery and sentiment when standing up to say a few words to all those present.

I wanted to thank everyone who turned up to pay their respects. It was nothing short of an incredible display of affection and is an absolute testimony to an absolute Egerton legend! You should all be proud of the support you have shown to Wes's family and friends, and I know all the members of Bromley Cross FC will continue to offer any support or help needed - you only need to ask.

Finally, to Wes, you were truly loved and liked by everyone you have met and we will NEVER forget you.

Thanks everyone, Martin.


Paul Aspinall 28/09/2007 12:08:25

Wes Duraman
I only heard about the tragic news yesterday. I cannot put into words how shocked i am. Although i haven't played for Egerton for a couple of seasons, i remember Wes very well especially in the match that was filmed for Granada television back in 2004. Wes was a quiet but very likeable lad that will be truly missed. My condolences go out to all his family, friends and the Bromley Cross FC team.


Egerton Cars Driver 28/09/2007 05:11:33

Cracking goal Wes, Andy told me to check it out on the website when i dropped him off home last night from the Masons, Wes all your mates will miss you. Dale


Steven Alcock 27/09/2007 22:35:24

I went to Lincoln Uni with wes, lived next door to him in the first year and was good friends with him in the following years. Wez was one of the most fun people to be around i've ever met. He always made us all laugh, he liked having a good laugh and was an extreemly good friend. I will miss him loads and i so will everyone else who knew him in lincoln. We all love you wez, and will miss you so much. I certainly will try to get up to Bolton to pay my respects to Wez.


Duncan 27/09/2007 21:44:27

Canada, duffle coat and two bottles of beer. Great guy and a legend. My Thoughts go out to his family and friends who are suffering at this time. It was an honour to have known him even for just a short time. RIP x


grandparents 27/09/2007 17:24:08

Wesley Duraman
Although this is one of the saddest times of our life we feel that we should send our heartfelt thanks to everyone of you that has wrote a tribute to our grandson Wesley and to say what comfort we have taken from them. It is so good to know how highly he was regarded and how many friends he had. .We loved him so much and it so hurts, to us he was just so special., you could feel the calmness and peacefulness when he was around it seemed to shine from within. We were privileged to have gone to Lincoln with him and to see him graduate he was so very happy that day, he was saying how he realy loved being in Lincoln and he did. He was also happy to be back in Egerton with all of his friends. There is so much we could say about Wesley and the joy he has given us over the years Once again from the bottom of our hearts thanks and for giving us an insight to another side of Wesley the side of when he was with his friends. Thank you.


Tasha 27/09/2007 16:51:15

Like everyone else on here, I'm really going to miss Wes alot! Over the last year i've gotten to know him quite well, and will always remember him as funny, friendly and a really great guy. It's still such a shock what has happened! My thoughts are with all his friends and family. r.i.p Wes x


David Holden 27/09/2007 16:10:03

I knew Wes all my life and it was a pleasure being around him. He came on several family holidays with me and he made them all extra special. He always made me laugh with his jokes and funny antics. I’ll never forget Wes for the great person he was.


matt hagan 27/09/2007 00:57:09

wes the true gentleman!
wes,been thinking for a few days now what to write,whatever i say will just be a repeat of what everyone else has said which just proves what a massive influence you had on everyones life you have been involved with!you were a mate anybody would have been proud of and just an absolute legend in every sense!you will be sorely missed who else could come out with absolute cracking one liners like you!you have made a real impact on us all and i will never forget about you and also some of your amazing antics!!rest in peace buddy! matt


Dave H 26/09/2007 21:35:25

Words cannot express just how shocked, saddened and upset I have been since Sunday. For us to lose someone like Wes at such a young age seems totally unfair. The term "nice guy" does not do proper justice to a guy who was so unassuming, so genuine and totally honest. I never heard him raise his voice in anger a single time. He was a unique personality who put smiles on the faces of all who knew him, and one of the lovliest people I ever met. My thoughts remain with Jay, George, Joyce and David through this difficult time, and my deepest condolensces go out to all his family. He will be remembered forever and sadly missed by myself and us all.


Simon Whittam. 26/09/2007 19:54:03

Only heard the terrible news today, to say i was shocked would be an understatement, what a terrible waste. I only knew Wes as a quiet person who didn't say much, but when he did it was usually funny. It is clear after reading many of the messages that have been left that he will be sorly missed.


Martin 26/09/2007 19:34:53

Thank you
Following on from Andy Holden's comment below, I too want to thank everyone for the support and wishes you have sent to the Duraman's and Wes's friends at Bromley Cross FC and beyond. It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do in reporting the horrendous news of Sunday evening on this site. All at Bromley Cross FC hope that the messages left here will prove to be a modicum of comfort to Wes's family and most of all a lasting testament and tribute to a truly special person.

I will print these pages out and bring them to the Masons for people to read on Thursday night and also provide the opportunity to anyone else to add to them.

On Monday alone this website received nearly 800 visits from people in 15 different countries (we usually receive 60-80 a day). I think this really does reflect the admiration and how much Wesley Duraman was held in so many people's hearts.


The Lindley's 26/09/2007 19:21:27

We have just heard the news and are shocked and saddened. We have not seen Wes for a long time but remember spending lots of time with him Jay and George as children fun times never to be forgotten. Wes had grown in to a lovely guy one to be proud of and I am sure you are. From one mother to another Joyce I cannot comprehend how you must be feeling and all your family the only thing I can offer you as a friend is a shoulder to cry on. you know where I am if you need me.


Andy Holden 26/09/2007 18:57:39

I would just like to express my appreciation for the support that me and the other lads close to Wes have received over the last few days. The events of last Sunday will stay with us for the rest of our lives and obviously his Family feel it even harder. After speaking to them for the 1st time today they are also made up with the fantastic support at this difficult time. I was one of the 1st to post on the guestbook regarding Wes and since my comments have been buried by many more people’s affections for my best mate. If there’s one word that keeps cropping up it’s Legend! Im so glad to have known him and tomorrow I will be raising a glass with the rest of you to his good name.


Jez 26/09/2007 18:38:18

I only new Wes for a month, but when he turned up in Canada 2004 he provided many laughs and he was always smiling. He was one of the friendliest guys i met and will be always remembered for many occasions, epecially when it involved a rubix cube and two bottles of beer. He will be sorely missed by both friends and family alike.


alias duraman 26/09/2007 18:03:19

My loving son, You are not just missed by all your good friends and relatives in UK but a great loss to all of us in Brunei too. We are expecting to see you in Brunei as planned but now you have gone.It is so sad and no words can be expressed but thought and memories of your intention will always be remembered in our heart. Last and not least, we would like to thanks all those friend who have given trust and support to Wesley.


Chris C 26/09/2007 14:25:43

I'll miss you Wesley
I'd just like to say that Wes was one of the nicest people i've ever had the honour of being friends with. He epitimised the values of compassion and honesty. You'll be sorely missed. My thoughts go out to his family along with my thanks for the good times which Wes brought into our lives.


Tony J 26/09/2007 13:15:00

Shocked and stunned doesnt come close to describing how I felt on hearing the sad news on Monday morning. Obviously my thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. I, for one, will be with his friends and team mates on Thursday night to help celebrate the life of a man loved and respected by so many.


Dukes Gate FC 26/09/2007 11:31:16

Our sincere condolences
Our deepest sympathy goes out to you all following your tragic loss. Our thoughts are with every member of the squad, and especially the close friends and family of Wes. Dave Evans on behalf of Dukes Gate FC


Sophie Gill 26/09/2007 11:22:14

I didn't know Wes but I went to school with his brother, Jay. Just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear of your tragic loss. Wes sounds like a brilliant lad, and knowing what a lovely person Jay is I can truly believe what a great guy Wes was. My deepest condolences to all Wes's family and everyone who knew him, it's clear he brightened up a lot of peoples lives x


Chris B 26/09/2007 09:17:44

I've not seen wes for a long time now but i knew him well in primary school. He was a great guy and was always fun to be around. We had some good laughs together and I, like many others, will miss him greatly. My thoughts are with his family and friends.


susan hart 25/09/2007 22:34:50

i haven't seen Wesley since he was a child but have enjoyed the company of Joyce and David more recently at family parties. I was very shocked and saddened, no, heartbroken, to hear the news about Wes. My thoughts are with Joyce, David, Jay and George and also his Uncle Ste and family and Wes' grandparents. I cannot begin to imagine what you are going through but from reading the messages posted here, it is apparent that Wes had grown into a much loved and respected member of his community and evidently had some very good, loyal and supportive friends. My sincere condolences to all who knew and loved Wes. 'A new star shines in heaven.'


Kate 25/09/2007 20:37:16

I didn't know Wesley very well, but I know his brother Jay, and I just wanted to give my heartfelt condolences to all who knew Wes. If he was anything like Jay is, he was a wonderful, kind hearted and a down right lovely person. The world has lost a good guy. xxxxx


Kersh 25/09/2007 18:31:52

One of the friendliest and most fun-loving guys i've known. So many fond memories that will always make me smile. You'll be forever missed mate. My thoughts and condolences go to Wes's family.


Robbo 25/09/2007 15:26:31

I can only echo what everyone has said about Wes, having played with his 5 aside team Bostock for some time now, his style can only be classed as unique with arms and legs everywhere. There is no substitute for class and everything about Wes was just that. My thoughts and sympathies go to Jay and family.


Cat 25/09/2007 14:23:38

Dont really know what to say apart from wholeheartedly agreeing with what everyone has already written, we are all gonna miss you pal. Thoughts go to Jay and the rest of the family and to all the lads.


Steve Bradley 25/09/2007 13:45:19

Wes Duraman
To all his team mates, friends and colleagues On behalf of my sister Joyce (Wesley’s Mum), and her family, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all there sincere thoughts and condolences. Wes – was in every sense of the word – a true gent, he was loving & thoughtful, kind & generous, a person who never had a bad word to say about anyone or anything. He was a quiet person outwardly, but had a very humorous side to him also. To say he will be missed - is by any stretch of the imagination - an understatement, family and friends alike. The gap he leaves in peoples hearts will never be filled – just remember the bright infectious smile and genuine personality that was “Wesley Duraman”. I would also like to thank the Manchester Evening News for the kind, compassionate article they wrote which reflected my Sister’s family - true thoughts and feelings. My Sister has asked me say that she has been deeply moved by all the very kind words and tributes already written, and she will respond in the very near future, but at this precise moment, would like everyone to respect the family’s time for grieving. Thank you all Long live the memory of WES.


Jay Duraman 25/09/2007 13:11:31

Hi lads, Thanks for all your support. This club was such a huge part of Wesley’s life. During the 6 or so years he played for the club, the characters involved have had a huge influence in shaping the life & personality of the lad we all knew & loved. I am honoured that he found so many friends within the club & it is a tribute to you all that he is remembered the way his close friends & family knew him to be. Again, thanks for your support, Forever grateful, Jay Duraman


Christian 25/09/2007 12:10:08

Simply the most genuine person ive ever come across, both in football and in life, and for that he will be forever missed. God bless x


Ian Cooper 25/09/2007 10:13:45

i worked with wes through the summer and i was shocked when i heard the news. Even though i didnt know him for long i could tell he was a guy who was liked and loved by his family and friends. To me wes was a realy nice guy who always came up with the answers to crosswords when we were stuck in the summer. my thoughts and condolences go out to all his family and friends


Murph 25/09/2007 00:21:47

Any personal tribute to Wes is just reiterating the many comments that have gone before. A true measure of the quality of someone's life (however short) is the positive impact they have made on others. Those of us that knew him through the football team, have many fond memories of a great guy, however, the depth of feeling displayed towards him from his close circle of friends is a testament to the way Wes touched their lives and the type of person he was. Having spoken to them I think they should feel proud in themselves and we should all celebrate a person that will be remembered fondly by all that knew him. All our thoughts will be with his family and close friends.


David Bossom 24/09/2007 23:25:17

Wes (Big D)
I consider it an honor to have been Wes's friend. As all the comments before have said wes was a true legend and one of the friendliest people i knew. It such ashame something like this has happened to an all round gentleman. Wes could make a whole crowd of people burst out with laughter, and his knowledge of films was immense. Gonna miss you mate. My condolences go to Jay, George and the rest of wes's family


stokesy 24/09/2007 22:24:16

i am still numb with shock and tearful as i write this, i cannot believe this has happened to an absolute gentleman. as has been said by many today, wes was a truly great lad, quiet and unassuming yet funny at the same time. having worked over the summer with wes, he worked hard, never once complained and always kept smiling and threw in his classic one-liners which i will always remember. its an absolute tradgedy for this to happen to such an immense person. my deepest condolences and thoughts are with jay and his family, and his close friends, andy h,kersh,carty,acky, devestated so i cant imagine what your going through.


Foggy 24/09/2007 21:45:54

It's devastating for this to happen to a brilliant lad like Wes, always had a smile on his face and was awlays friendly and an honestly great person. Can't imagine what Jay and his family are going through and my deepest condolences go out to them and his friends.


Ivan Crompton 24/09/2007 21:18:02

Everyone is summing it up, Wes was a legend, a gentleman , a true competitor and most of all a wonderful friend and team mate. Our thoughts go to Jay and all of Wes' family at this time. I was only looking at the masons arms team photo last night and remembering nights out and other times, then this news. Devastated like us all, may Wes memory live on and on, a real good guy very sorely missed


chris kelly 24/09/2007 20:28:15

what terrible news.a great loss to his close friends and teamates but most of all his family.i think the messages sum up how everyone feels about loosing such a nice shall be missed wes.


Mark and James Tomo 24/09/2007 20:26:45

I really cannot believe it...i am stuck for words and that isn't like me at all. Both me and James worked with Wes over the summer, didn't know him that well at first but after a few weeks on the Ragwort the true legend came out in him. We will never forget you and still to this day never go up for a header with you. Great guy, true legend our deepest condolences to Jay, family and friends.


Matt Parker 24/09/2007 20:04:44

What a shock..truly a great guy; he'll be missed by so many people. I express my condolences to all his family, to jay and to all his mates. What more can I say than he was genuinely a great guy.


Will B 24/09/2007 19:47:01

Quite simply; he was the most genuine guy I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. He was, in my eyes and those of many others, a legend capable of making even the dullest room fill with laughter. Wes mate, we'll never forget you. My heart and deepest condolences go out to his family and all those who knew him. This is truly a sad day.


Andy Blackburn 24/09/2007 18:39:46

Shocked and saddened to hear the terrible new about Wes. He was a great player and got on with everybody at the club. My deepest condolences to his family.


Bob Shuttleworth 24/09/2007 18:22:19

Message received earlier today from Bob Shuttleworth (General Secretary of the 'Bolton & District Sunday Football League'), "On behalf of the B&DSFL, please accept our sincere condolences, to the young man's family, friends and club"


Andy Ormrod 24/09/2007 18:21:36

I'm sorry to hear the terrible news. It is hard to add to the comments already but I want to say that Wes was one of the most committed, honest and hard working players I have ever played football with and off the field he was a gentleman. The team has lost a fearless defender and we have lost a friend. I offer my deepest sympathy to Jay and family.


Gaz Lormor 24/09/2007 17:17:24

So shocked to hear this terrible news. I didn`t know wes as well as some of the guys but he always came across as a great lad. Always a fearless competitor on the pitch, and offered us support at times he was not playing. He will be sadly missed by myself and all that knew him. My deepest sympathy to Jay and family, and to all his close friends.


Andy Beanland 24/09/2007 17:01:06

Wes was a genuine character and I can confidently say that anyone who has met him will have enjoyed his company. It is a terrible tragedy and everyone will miss him. He had a great sense of humour and always seemed to be cheerful, composed and friendly. My deepest condolences to his family.


Karl 24/09/2007 16:58:06

I have not posted before because to be honest I could not express in words the shock I felt when I heard the news. I am sure that if there is any crumb of comfort for Wes’ family it is the messages on this guestbook from team mates and friends. Everyone has their favourite “Wes moment” and I know in the weeks and months to come we will remember Wes with a lot of laughter and plenty of raised glasses’.


Adam B 24/09/2007 16:55:43

I was just one of many friends that Wes had and i am proud to call him one of my best friends. Everything he did and said just made me really happy and he could never fail to brighten up everyone's day. Words can't really express how much i'm going to miss him so and I will always think of him with sheer fondness. He truly is one in a million and will never be forgotten.


Darcy Lever FC 24/09/2007 16:45:05

RIP, Thoughts are with Wes´family at this time. Sorry to hear the sad news from ALL at Darcy Lever FC


Danny 24/09/2007 16:43:53

A true legend has left us. Everyone will miss you Wes mate both on and off the pitch. A top man who could always make people laugh/smile. Gone but never forgotten. Best wishes to his family and friends.


Ste M 24/09/2007 15:50:00

Difficult to add anything that hasn't already been said. Wes was a top guy who never had a bad word to say about anyone. Came out with some of the funniest one-liners I've ever heard. A sad day for all. My condolences to his family and friends


Matt A 24/09/2007 15:29:35

Gunna miss you buddy, you were one of my best mates. And a truly great guy, words cant really say anything, aside from you wont be forgotten mate and always missed.


Carty 24/09/2007 15:18:08

Such a shock to lose one of the nicest and greatest guys ever. Everybody has such fond memories of wes and he'll always be missed. He'll always be a true masons arms legend and we'll never forget you


Digs 24/09/2007 15:03:17

Tragic news and a massive shock. Wes was a sound guy and a true gentleman. He will be sadly missed.


Gemma 24/09/2007 13:42:09

We're gonna miss you so much Wes. You were so fun and easy to get along with as we can see from all these post's. Love to everyone who knew Wes at this time, with sympathy xxx


Ste Bags 24/09/2007 13:42:04

Didn't know Wes as well as most at the club, but still a shock. From the messages posted so far, a great guy who'll be sadly missed. Condolences to family and friends.


Ste & Matt Kay 24/09/2007 13:38:06

Shocking news, Wes was a class football player and one of the nicest guys i knew. Condolences to his family and friends at this sad sad time.


Chris Stringer 24/09/2007 13:27:53

I lived with Wes during his first year at uni, one of the genuinely nicest people I have ever met. Never a bad word to say about anyone and a funny, witty intelligent guy. Will be sorely missed by all. Condolences to all his friends and family.


Luke Butterworth 24/09/2007 13:16:45

This is terrible news, cannot believe this!! I worked with Wes all summer and graduated just last week at Lincoln Uni with him, and i can honestly say i have never met such a genuine and gentle young man in my life. He never complained, argued or moaned, he just got on with everyone. Wes will sadly be missed, a great bloke! My condolences to his family and friends.


Sean Sweeney 24/09/2007 13:15:58

Like everyone, I am still a little in bisbelief over this. Such a lovely lad, pleasant, well mannered and tranquil in his own ways. My heart goes out to all his family and friends, you are in my thoughts.


Jon W 24/09/2007 12:35:46

Top guy...never had a bad word to say against anybody, teamates, referees etc. and fearless on a football pitch. A true gentleman.


Ben Owen 24/09/2007 12:28:51

Speechless. what a top guy we've lost, will be sorely missed. Condolences to family and friends.


Thorpy 24/09/2007 11:32:26

Just heard the news and I'm in total shock. Wes was a great guy and will truly be missed. My condolences to his family and friends


Andy Baron 24/09/2007 10:39:44

This is awful news and a massive shock, things like this puts everything into perspective. Wes was a great guy and will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. My condolences to his family and friends


Tim 24/09/2007 10:07:13

A great lad, easy going, happy and always put a smile on my face. Really shocked by this. My condolences to his family.


David Bowl 24/09/2007 09:44:01

Totally shocked and gutted about this terrible news. An absolute gentleman as Plano has said. There's not many people that everyone likes and you never hear a bad work about, Wes was one of those guys and will be very sorely missed. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.


Martin 24/09/2007 09:39:04

I know there a few people struggling to come to terms with this horrendous loss. It's always good to talk with other people who knew the person, so I wanted to openly invite anyone who wants to, to come a share a drink with us in the Masons on Thursday from 8pm. There are obviously team mates who will be there, but any friends, ex players or others who knew Wes are more than welcome.

I for one am absolutely gutted. I can't believe there's anyone out there with a bad word to say about Wes. Just a bloody nice guy !


Jason 24/09/2007 09:36:39

Just want to add my condolences too, can't quite believe it. Watching his unique style of defending always gave me a wry smile! He will be missed.


Chris H 24/09/2007 09:36:05

Can't Believe it. Condolences to best friends and family. Truly was a great guy who will be missed. Tragedy to say the least


Andy Holden 24/09/2007 09:30:57

Im completely gutted!! I’ve lost my best mate and the world has certainly lost a big character. Soon as I find out any arrangements I will get in contact.


Hearbeat 24/09/2007 09:27:54

"We're a 'nice guy' short ". Couldn't agree more. My condolences to Wes' family. This is an absolute tragedy.


Matt Plano 24/09/2007 09:07:48

What the hell has happened! He's been working for me and Stokesy all summer! An absolute gentleman to say the least! Jesus Christ I can't believe it! I tell you what, if the world was full of wes' there'd be no trouble for any of us! We're a 'nice guy' short boys! Devastated!


Andy Gleaves 24/09/2007 09:05:12

Wes Duraman
Heartfelt sympathy from me personally and sincere condolences to Wes's family and close friends for a devastating loss.