Charity match for dad killed by train

FUNDRAISING GOAL -- James Wright (back right), who is organising the match, pictured with (from left) Richard Newton, Owen Newton, Ben Newton and Declan Dawn -- DISPIC NMAC12-2014-2.
FUNDRAISING GOAL -- James Wright (back right), who is organising the match, pictured with (from left) Richard Newton, Owen Newton, Ben Newton and Declan Dawn -- DISPIC NMAC12-2014-2.

FRIENDS of a dad with Hucknall links who was killed after being hit by a train earlier this year are urging the community to get behind them for a charity football match being held in his memory.

Cyclist Phil Dawn (34) died at King’s Mill Barrow crossing in Kirkby when he was hit by the train on Wednesday May 2.

Phil was a football fanatic and loved Tottenham Hotspur. He also played for a number of teams in the area, including Hucknall Rolls-Royce.

Now, in a fitting tribute to the father-of-three, his close pal James Wright has organised a charity football match which will take place at Hucknall Town’s Watnall Road ground on Sunday August 19 (kick-off 3 pm).

On the pitch will be Phil’s former team mates, all of whom have paid £10 to play in the game.

His father, John, a well-known team manager in the area, will manage one of the teams on the day while John Shepstone, chairman and manager at Beaufort, will manage the other side.

James, who lives in Sutton, said: “Phil was such a popular guy. At the funeral there were more than 300 people. We want people to come down and have a really good day, watch a game of football and join in the entertainment.”

Phil, who worked at G&P Precision Engineers in Mansfield, leaves his wife, Jane, and children Charlie (15), Megan (11) and Declan (12) and all the money raised from the match will go to them.

There will be refreshments, entertainment, a penalty-shootout competition for children and a raffle.

James said: “We have got some fantastic prizes for the raffle. Dancing on Ice’s Mark Hanretty has donated a skating session and we have got signed shirts from Tottenham, Nottingham Forest, Derby and Everton.”

James has also thanked everyone who has been involved in helping to organise the match, including Steve Peat, commercial manager at Hucknall Town, who is not charging for use of the ground.

And he added: “Phil’s family would like to say thank-you for all the support they’ve had.”

Entry to the match is £3 for adults and £1 for children. To make a donation, e-mail James at james.wright100@ntlworld.com.