Football matches in memory of David

Young footballers from throughout Northumberland will be coming together to honour a dad who could regularly be found on the touchline.

When David White died suddenly from a heart attack just weeks before his 47th birthday in September last year, his parents made a vow to do something that his two footballing sons could remember him by.

Dave’s dad, Maurice, said: “The youngest, Shae, plays for Ashington Colliers Under-10s and Stephen Spicer, the team manager, has put together an invitational football competition with up to eight junior clubs participating for the Dave White Memorial Trophy.

“On the back of this we will be raising, with the full support of Children with Cancer UK as much as possible for this deserving charity.

“He was proud, like any father, that his boys wanted to play football for a team and they had his total support.

“He was everyone’s friend and helper and had he seen, as we saw, the standing room only numbers at his funeral in St Andrews Church, Bothal, he would have been very touched.”

Dave, who worked as an electrician, was also father to a daughter and a stepson.

“We feel he deserves being remembered, hopefully in this way every year, using this event annually, to raise money for charity,” added Maurice.

Games will kick off at Hirst Welfare Centre in Ashington at 10.30am on Saturday, May 23.