Football game is in memory of Michael

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The fourth memorial football match for a Blyth soldier who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010 will take place this weekend.

Michael Sweeney was killed in 2010, and ever since his mum Kim has been fundraising for ABF – The Soldier’s Charity, in his memory.

This year’s annual contest will see the Coldstream Guards battle it out against the Blyth Misfits in a bid to win the cup.

Kim said: “This year most of our lads are out in Afghanistan on rotation, and some have managed to get their leave around the time of the match.

“This year as well as remembering Michael and Sgt John Amer, we are also welcoming the Blyth Battery who are celebrating the 100th anniversary since women played in place of men due to the Great War, and they have ladies playing in period costume to commemorate this.”

The match will take place on Saturday, May 10, at Croft Park in Blyth, with gates open from 9am.

Entrance is a £2 minimum donation per person, and children go free if accompanied with an adult.

Malcolm Maconald will attend and there will also be stalls and ABF memorabilia.