Football tournament in honour of heroes

NEWS COLLECT picture of Corporal Liam Riley on a training exercise in Canada with Prince Harry.  Corporal Riley, 21, died in an explosion near Malgir, Helmand in Afghanistan, on Monday morning
NEWS COLLECT picture of Corporal Liam Riley on a training exercise in Canada with Prince Harry. Corporal Riley, 21, died in an explosion near Malgir, Helmand in Afghanistan, on Monday morning
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Friends of a hero Sheffield soldier killed in Afghanistan held a football tournament in his memory for the second year in a row – raising £1,200 for charity.

The event was held at the transport workers’ sports ground at Meadowhead as a tribute to Corporal Liam Riley, from Killamarsh, and Lance Corporal Graham Shaw, from Huddersfield, both members of Third Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, who were killed last year.

Cpl Riley was posthumously awarded a Mention in Despatches for bravery.

Former comrades of the two men held the tournament to raise money for wounded soldiers’ charity Help for Heroes.

Six teams were scheduled to compete, including a team of ex-Sheffield professional footballers, but they had to pull out at the last minute due to problems with insurance.

Instead, former Blade Carl Bradshaw, the original captain of the team of professionals, was there as a spectator with a signed football shirt as a contribution.

Dronfield Town took advantage of the absence of the footballers and finished as the overall winners.

Organiser Richard Jones, 27, a former battalion member and friend of Cpl Riley and LCpl Shaw, said: “It was a brilliant day. Loads of people turned up to watch and the whole event was a success”.