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Players remember former team-mate

Players, family and friends gathered at Holbeach Bank FC on Saturday for a fundraising match in memory of former player Jonathan Britton.

Jonathan - known as Jonny - died in 2012, aged just 35, leaving behind wife Jane and daughter Ava.

The match was played to raise money for Marie Curie, who cared for the popular sportsman during his illness.

Two of Jonny's former football clubs - Holbeach A and Holbeach Bank - put together teams of 'old boys' who had all been in teams with the late player.

One of the organisers, David Dickinson, said the idea of a memorial match had first been suggested at Jonathan's funeral, but it had taken a bit of time to get everything organised.

"We finally firmly decided last year that we were going to put the game on," said David. "There were still seven or eight players that couldn't make it though.

"When Jonny fell ill, he wanted to raise money for charity, but never got the chance."

The match raised £626 on the day - and the following day, it was matched by an anonymous local businessman. "We were flabbergasted," said David. "We can't believe it - it was so generous."

The organising committee is now planning to make the memorial match an annual event.


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