Saturday, November 21, 2020


 Farewell party for Matthew in the Red Lion Club before he left for Australia.

A photo of Matthew in the early days of his life as a Kanka and footie fanatik  !!


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


I have to report sad news  !


The Kanka Group, which incorporates Ankaragucu and Genclerbirligi supporters, wish to extend their heart-felt condolences to our Blog Founder, Oz Kanka Chris, and his wife, Elif, on the loss of their son, Matthew, who died suddenly last Wednesday in Canberra.


Words can’t express how we all feel at the loss of such a fine young man who left us all devastated and heart-broken.


Matthew followed in his father’s footsteps by supporting Genclerbirligi on a regular basis from an early age until he left Ankara for Australia to study at a High School in Canberra.


His farewell party at The Red Lion Club in the British Embassy was tinged with sadness at his leaving, but also with hope for his future to eventually study at an Australian University.


For those of us whose life he touched, he will never be forgotten, and football takes a back-seat today when we still feel the loss of such a popular and loveable young man.


Genclerbirligi reports will return, but as a mark of respect to Matthew and his family, we will save our thoughts in memory of him and his wonderful family, who like us, are mourning his loss.


We send our love and best wishes to Chris, Elif and their Australian family.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim


  1. The most devastating and heartbreaking news. I had the pleasure of meeting Matthew when i came to Ankara and he was such a great kid.

    You could tell the strong bond between Matthew and Chris at the football and their passion for Genclerbirligi.

    My thoughts are with the Wade family at this sad time.

    RIP Matthew.

  2. Words cannot describe our sadnes .You will be always remembered Matthew.