Memorial football tournament hailed as a ‘fitting tribute’

Dave White Memorial Junior Football tournament winners Ashington CFC with Maurice White who donated and presented the trophy. Picture by John Tuttiett
Dave White Memorial Junior Football tournament winners Ashington CFC with Maurice White who donated and presented the trophy. Picture by John Tuttiett

Seven junior football teams have celebrated the life of a football mad dad as part of a memorial tournament.

David White died suddenly from a heart attack in September last year, and his parents made a vow to do something that his two footballing sons could remember him by.

The Dave White Memorial Cup took place at Hirst Welfare Centre in Ashington, in memory of Dave, and also to raise funds for Children with Cancer, as Ashington Colliers U10s team coach Martin Lynn’s daughter was diagnosed with leukaemia.

Dave’s dad Maurice, said: “Seven junior football teams came together for a brilliantly planned and executed Dave White Memorial event run by Ashington Colliers under 10s manager Stephen Spicer.

“We would like to thank all those involved in the event, before during and after.

“The players themselves deserve a special mention for their efforts, with a big well done going to Ashington CFC and Cramlington United Thundercats, the Memorial Cup and Memorial Plate winners respectively.

“To Stephen, Martin, all the Colliers parents, referees and Hirst Welfare, thank you for a very special day.

“A big thank you to our grandson Sheldon who judged the tournament’s Best Player and presented the trophy on our behalf.

“A huge thank you is reserved for all those who turned up to watch, including guys from Carlisle United FC, and to those who went very, very deep into their pockets to contribute a total of £400, and still counting, to our chosen charity of the event Children with Cancer. This was a fitting tribute and we’re looking forward to next year already.”