Footballers are united in the memory of sportsman Dave

Dave Pettifor memorial day a Crossley Juniors football club, Illingworth Sports and Social Club.'From the left, Dawn Pettifor, Jordan Pettifor and Gavin Pettifor with son Mackenzie Pettifor, seven.
Dave Pettifor memorial day a Crossley Juniors football club, Illingworth Sports and Social Club.'From the left, Dawn Pettifor, Jordan Pettifor and Gavin Pettifor with son Mackenzie Pettifor, seven.

FRIENDS and family have joined forces for a memorial football tournament for a much-loved husband, dad and landlord.

Dave Pettifor, a well-known figure in local amateur football circles, died aged 47 in March last year.

He ran the Bowling Green pub in Halifax and worked as a site manager at Ryburn High School.

His wife Dawn and sons Gavin and Jordan went along to Illingworth Sports and Social club for the Dave Pettifor Memorial Day football tournament.

Son Gavin said it had been a succesful day.

“It was brilliant, a really great day. Dad would have been overwhelmed. He would have been extremely proud that so many people turned out.” It was the second annual tournament and the family want to build on its success. “The weather really helped this year, but hopefully next year we’ll push to make it bigger and better.”

The first match of the day was between Crossley’s Juniors and Crossley’s Swift and involved Dave’s grandson, Mackenzie. The overall winners of the five-a-side tournament were Halifax under-19s. The day raised £512 for Overgate Hospice.

Gavin thanked all those who helped organise the day, especially the referees who oversaw 30 matches.