Match in tribute to teenager who loved playing football

Crowds turn out to remember Huw
Crowds turn out to remember Huw
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FRIENDS and team mates of a teenage footballer who died on the pitch came together for a game in his memory.

Huw Thatcher, 15, died from an undiagnosed brain aneurysm while playing for Hepworth United under-15s at Brighouse Town Juniors in March.

As a tribute to him, Brighouse Town first team took on Holme Valley invitational XI at St Giles Road in Brighouse.

All funds raised will go to the Huw Thatcher Trust, which was set up by Huw’s family and supports the Disabilities Trust charity, in particular its Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust division.

The Holme Valley team was specially-created for the event and included former Huddersfield Town players Andy Booth, Rob Edwards and Martin Booty.

Around 175 people turned out to watch the game and the trust hope to have raised nearly £1,000 from the event.

The game was won by Brighouse Town at 2-1.

The trust thanked all Huw’s friends, the players and everyone who came to the match.

Vice-chariman of Brighouse Town Ray Mclaughlin said: “March 13 was a very sad day for everyone involved in football in the area and in particular for Huw’s family and friends. But the Huw Thatcher Trust is building a positive legacy in recognition of a player who graced this pitch with class on a number of occasions as he did at many other pitches around this part of Yorkshire.

“Huw was a strong, skilful, competitive and honest team mate and opponent. Most of all he just loved playing football.

“Huw, you will never be forgotten by us at Brighouse Town football club or by your family and friends in Huddersfield and beyond.”

In a statement on the Huw Trust website, his loved ones said: “It was an evening of hope – and with a clear common purpose of showing support for Huw and his trust. The support from our friends at Brighouse Town FC, the Holme Valley clubs and the three former Huddersfield Town players showed the local football community at its best.

“It was at times an emotional evening, but as one of Huw’s friends said, it enabled us to find some kind of closure in a supportive and positive atmosphere.”

To find out more about the trust and to donate, visit www.huwthatcher trust.org.