Tribute to Town super fan Charlie

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A lasting tribute will be made to a young FC Halifax Town supporter who died after a short battle with cancer.

Charlie Ingham went to his first football game at The Shay when he was three months old.

Despite the family moving from Sowerby Bridge to Cornwall when he was three-years-old, he travelled up with his dad David as much as possible to watch the Shaymen.

When he turned 16 he decided he wanted to move back to Halifax and got himself an engineering apprenticeship and a job and last August he moved back home.

However, in October 2014, he became ill around October time and was originally diagnosed with pneumonia before he was eventually diagnosed with cancer in December,

He had a six inch germ cell tumour in his chest and after emergency chemotherapy treatment at Leeds General Infirmary he made some improvement and his course of treatment was finalised.

Mr Ingham said the club helped organise a special visit to the hospital.

“He was so pleased they had bothered to come just for him.

“Charlie was very brave through all his treatment but one day he was feeling very down.

“That day, a text came from Louisa Green from the club to see how he was.

“I said he was having a bad day. The next day, the players arrived again to see him.

“It really lifted his spirits.”

After the chemotherapy, Charlie had a six hour operation to remove the tumour but surgeons had to remove one of his lungs because the tumour had become attached to it.

Despite recovering quickly after the operation, his lung started to fail and he was transferred to Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, for specialist treatment on a ECMO machine to give his remaining lung a chance to recover.

However he sadly passed away on June 2.

On Tuesday August 11, FC Halifax Town will hold a minute’s applause for Charlie ahead of their first home game of the new league season against Chester FC with his ashes being buried on the pitch.

“I cannot thank FC Halifax Town enough for all their efforts in supporting Charlie just as he supported them,” added Mr Ingham.