Friends hold charity football match in memory of Killamarsh hero

A fundraising event in aid of Help for Heroes, featuring a football a football tournament, was held at the Sheffield Transport Sports Club, Greenhiil Main Road, on Saturday ( 31 May 2014). Our picture shows the soccer event winners, the Help for Heroes team.
A fundraising event in aid of Help for Heroes, featuring a football a football tournament, was held at the Sheffield Transport Sports Club, Greenhiil Main Road, on Saturday ( 31 May 2014). Our picture shows the soccer event winners, the Help for Heroes team.
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The family and friends of a Sheffield soldier who lost his life in Afghanistan turned out for a fun day and football tournament organised in his memory.

People and pounds poured in to the event at Sheffield Transport Sports and Social Club, Meadowhead, organised by former members of Third Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment.

A fundraising event in aid of Help for Heroes, featuring a football a football tournament, was held at the Sheffield Transport Sports Club, Greenhiil Main Road, on Saturday ( 31 May 2014). Our picture shows Danny Andrew, of Jordanthorpe, testing out his soccer skills.

A fundraising event in aid of Help for Heroes, featuring a football a football tournament, was held at the Sheffield Transport Sports Club, Greenhiil Main Road, on Saturday ( 31 May 2014). Our picture shows Danny Andrew, of Jordanthorpe, testing out his soccer skills.

They are friends of Corporal Liam Riley, from Killamarsh, and Lance Corporal Graham Shaw, from Huddersfield, both of whom died in Afghanistan.

Cpl Riley, a former Westfield School pupil who grew up in Beighton and Killamarsh, was killed in Helmand Province attempting to rescue his friend L/Cpl Shaw following an explosion in February 2010.

Cpl Riley, then aged 21, and L/Cpl Shaw were on patrol when they stood on improvised explosive devices.

Rick Jones and Danny Miller, both former member of 3 Yorks, started organising the football tournament four years ago.

A fundraising event in aid of Help for Heroes, featuring a football a football tournament, was held at the Sheffield Transport Sports Club, Greenhiil Main Road, on Saturday ( 31 May 2014). Our picture shows Charlie Devereux, aged five, of Greenhill, with painted on tattoos.

A fundraising event in aid of Help for Heroes, featuring a football a football tournament, was held at the Sheffield Transport Sports Club, Greenhiil Main Road, on Saturday ( 31 May 2014). Our picture shows Charlie Devereux, aged five, of Greenhill, with painted on tattoos.

And so far they have raised almost £10,000 for wounded soldiers’ charity Help for Heroes

Rick, aged 30, from Lowedges, said: “It was brilliant, much better than we expected.

“There must have been a good couple of hundred people come.”

This year they decided to organise a family fun day to coincide with the football tournament.

A fundraising event in aid of Help for Heroes, featuring a football a football tournament, was held at the Sheffield Transport Sports Club, Greenhiil Main Road, on Saturday ( 31 May 2014). Our picture shows youngsters enjoying a fairground ride.

A fundraising event in aid of Help for Heroes, featuring a football a football tournament, was held at the Sheffield Transport Sports Club, Greenhiil Main Road, on Saturday ( 31 May 2014). Our picture shows youngsters enjoying a fairground ride.

There was a host of activities for families to enjoy, including fairground rides, a bouncy castle, face painting and an appearance from Peppa Pig.

“Two of my friends died in Afghanistan, which is what started it all off,” said Rick.

“I wanted to do a memorial football match when they first died because I thought it would be a great way to remember them

“We decided to raise money for Help For Heroes because my other friend Andy Reid lost his right leg below the knee, left leg above the knee, and right arm, and was helped by the charity.

“Now it has got bigger and bigger and this year we decided to have a family fun day as well. We’ve raised around £2,100.”

The final was played between Help For Heroes and Devonshire, with the Help For Heroes team winning 3-2.

The winner of the Gill Anson Golden Boot award was Danny.

Liam’s mum, Cheryl Routlege, was on hand to present the trophies.