FOOTBALL: Dean’s work to be honoured

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A CHARITY football match in memory of the late Dean Herd is being held at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field this Sunday.

One of South Holland’s most liked and respected football coaches, Herd passed away last November, aged 54.

He was heavily involved with the hugely-successful Ajax junior team in Spalding and has played some part in the development of many of the players currently playing in the local scene.

Two of those lads, Glenn Dumper and Martin Healey, have decided to honour Dean’s work with a match – with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK.

Two teams have been assembled, with each player paying £10 each to take part, while entry to the game is £5 – although under-16s are allowed in for free.

Spalding United have kindly loaned their home and away kits to the two teams, while the bar and clubhouse will be open and a burger van is likely to be on site.

The match will be preceded by a minute of applause, while it is hoped that a member of Dean’s family will kick-off the match.

There will also be an auction of authentic footballing memorabilia held on the day.

Among the items up for grabs are signed gear from Manchester United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest.

The gates at the Sir Halley open at 9.30am, with the match starting at 10.30am.

Everybody who knew Dean or simply wants to enjoy a fun day of football is urged to get involved.

• In today (Tuesday’s) Lincolnshire Free Press, we wrongly printed that this game is taking place on Saturday.

This is not the case and we apologise for any confusion caused.