with great regret that we report the tragic death of Alberto in
his flat in Magella Towers in Islamabad during the earthquake
of 8th October 2005.
last email to Simon was dated 4th October and in it he lamented
the fact that it was difficult to get people to come to Pakistan
to play football in the current climate but he wished us luck
in our next "venue" suggesting he might even join us
there. Sadly he will not be playing with us again.
by Simon Smart 14th October 2005
"I went down to the Margalla Towers site last night with
the High Commissioner. There was a small ceremony attended by
the Minster for the Interior and various other politicians to
say thank you to the British Rescue teams that have been working
flat out since they got here last Sunday morning.
The site is quite a distressing scene, but strangely it was helpful
to be there. The rescue teams are an amazing group of people and
all volunteers. I spoke with one of the team leaders and at the
end mentioned that we had a friend in there. I took the liberty
to thank him on behalf of myself and all of you for the great
work that they do. I hope you don't mind.
One of the other team leaders was also saying that they are desperate
for sponsorship. As they are all volunteers they are all self
funding, although they do have some corporate sponsors. Obviously
we will all do our bit in different ways to remember not just
Alberto but all the people that have suffered in the last week.
But I was thinking that a good way to remember Alberto would be
to make contributions to RAPID, the S&R team that have been
Like I said, we will all have our own way of remembering our
times here in Pakistan and the close friends we made, not least
with Alberto, so there is no pressure. If you would like to do
something like this then let me know and I'll send you the appropriate