Justice For Matthew: Car and camcorder wanted for epic football trip fundraiser

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A CAR and a camcorder are the final ingredients needed for a football-themed fundraising mission.

Organisers behind the 36-hour dash between championship clubs – beginning and ending at Sheffield Wednesday – are appealing for the loan of an estate car to carry them on their journey.

And they also need help to record the quest in memory of Sheffield teenager Matthew Cryer, aged 17, who died in Greece four years ago.

Money raised will boost The Star-backed Justice for Matthew campaign.

The event will begin on September 21 – which would have been Matt’s 21st birthday.

Tony Cranshaw, a close family friend involved with the fundraising, said: “We’ve worked it out if we set off at 3am Friday morning it will take us that many hours.

“It’s hoped we’ll get back in time for the Wednesday match against Bolton on the Saturday and have four drivers plus somebody to video it.

“We were in the pub when Owls had got back into the championship and wondered how long it would take to visit all the championship clubs.

“We worked out that in 36 hours we could do it.”

They will take in 1,200 miles and call at Barnsley, Huddersfield, several Lancashire clubs, Middlesborough, Hull and Derby before ending at S6.

Owls fan Matthew, who grew up in Killamarsh and Frecheville, died on his first holiday abroad on the Greek island of Zakynthos.

A Chesterfield inquest ruled he had been unlawfully killed after hearing evidence that Greek bouncers kicked and punched him down stairs outside a nightclub in Laganas.

Matthew’s dad David Cryer said: “Matt was a big Owls fan and the drive is something he would have liked to have done.”

n If you can loan an estate car or camcorder for the mission call Tony Cranshaw on 0779 4449923.