Matches will raise money for charity

The Ashington Colliers U10s team.
The Ashington Colliers U10s team.

A caring football manager has organised a special memorial football tournament after the club was hit by tragedy.

Earlier this year Ashington Colliers U10s’ team coach Martin Lynn’s daughter was diagnosed with leukaemia, and she is continuing to go through intense treatment.

Then a few days later Dave White, whose son Shae plays for the team, passed away after a sudden heart attack, just weeks before his 47th birthday.

Manager Stephen Spicer said: “After only a matter of weeks of the 2014-15 football season Ashington Colliers U10s suffered two pieces of tragic news.

“Everyone involved within the team, including the players and parents, has continued to pull together during this difficult time offering whatever support was needed to both families.”

When Dave died, his parents made a vow to do something that his two footballing sons could remember him by, and called on Stephen for help.

Stephen has now put together a football tournament with eight junior clubs participating for the Dave White Memorial Cup.

“The aim of the football side of the day is to honour the memory of Dave White with Ashington Colliers U10s inviting teams from Ashington CFC, Blyth Spartans, Cramlington Utd, Newbiggin BTS, Northburn Wanderers, Red House Farm and Wallsend Community to play in a tournament to contest the memorial cup and plate,” he added.

“The second aim of the day is to raise money which will all be donated to the Children with Cancer UK charity as a way of thanks for the support they have offered Martin and his family.”

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

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