FOOTBALL: Fitting tribute to Dean

Dean Herd's five-year-old nephew Ryan Goodley (front, centre) with the teams before Sunday's match. Ryan helped lead out the teams and performed the kick-off.
Dean Herd's five-year-old nephew Ryan Goodley (front, centre) with the teams before Sunday's match. Ryan helped lead out the teams and performed the kick-off.
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A MEMORIAL match for Ajax coach Dean Herd raised £705 for Cancer Research.

Almost everyone who played had been coached by Dean, who died last November aged 54.

The event at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field in Spalding last Sunday was organised by two of his former Ajax players, Glenn Dumper and Martin Healey.

Glenn said: “Dean was such an influential man.

“We were really pleased with how the day went.

“I want to thank everyone who played a part in making it happen.”

There was a minute’s applause for Dean and Spalding Brass Band, with which he used to play, entertained the crowd before the match and at half-time. And Alan Porter conducted an auction to boost funds further.

Thanks to raffle donors: Hedonism, Penman Clock Care, Fun Junction, Pied Caf, Amici’s, Woodlands Hotel, Marston’s Brewery, Manchester United, Wolves and Nottingham Forest.