Football tournament in memory of tragic dad

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Friends of a Sheffield dad-of-two who died suddenly while on holiday in Eygpt have organised a football tournament in his memory.

Greg Mackman, aged 48, was playing football while on holiday with his wife Vicky and teenage daughter Olivia in Sharm El Sheikh in June when he suffered a heart attack and died.

Greg, from Chapeltown, was unaware he was suffering from heart disease.

Greg, who also has a son Jordan from a previous relationship, ran his own minibus business and was secretary of the over-35s pub football team at the Crown and Cushion pub in Burncross.

His friend Dave Capp has now organised a five-a-side football tournament in his memory, on Sunday, August 25, at 10am, at Sheffield Civil Service sports ground in Green Lane, Ecclesfield.

Dave said: “I’ve got 14 teams from Chapeltown, High Green and Ecclesfield who are all taking part.

“Greg was well known throughout the football community and everybody wants to take part.

“We want to get as many people as we can down there.

“We’ve got a burger van, bouncy castle, bar and a raffle with some great prizes.

“Greg was a very popular man. His funeral at Grenoside was absolutely packed and they said it was the most people they’d ever seen at a funeral.

“I was a very close friend of his. We had been friends for a very long time.

“The post mortem revealed he had been suffering from heart disease.

“He didn’t know, but he was a ticking time bomb and nothing could have been done. It’s very sad.”

The teams will be competing for the Greg Mackman Memorial Trophy. Entry to the event is £2.