When one of their best supporters, Craig Dowhan, was tragically killed in a car crash earlier this year, it shook LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE FOOTBALL CLUB to the core.
But Linby and the rest of local football rallied round to ensure Craig’s name lived on.
And the upshot was a hugely successful event in Hucknall that comprised a football tournament, family entertainment and charity fundraising.
The event was organised by 31-year-old Craig’s dad, well-known football coach Chris ‘Chick’ Dowhan, and Craig’s best friend, Linby player Paul Prewett.
More than 250 people flocked to the Rolls-Royce Leisure Club off Watnall Road, helping to raise more than £1,350.
And among them was former Hucknall Town manager Roger Dawkins for what must have been a poignant reunion with Dowhan snr, another ex-Yellow.
For it was Hucknall’s Battle Batten campaign that benefited from the fundraising. A campaign set up to support Dawkins’s grandsons, Freddie and Louie.
At the heart of the day was the football tournament, in which four teams battled it out to become the inaugural winners of the Craig Dowhan Memorial Trophy.
Perhaps fittingly, it was lifted by Linby, a side made up of first-teamers and reserves at the Church Lane club.
Managed by Damian Mann, they beat H2O 3-0 in the semi-finals before defeating FC Bedstead 5-1 in the final thanks to goals from Ruban Mitchell, Ross Cheeseman, Charlie Russell, Ash Winfield and captain Aaron Ryan.
Mitchell and Cheeseman had also been on target in the semi, along with Kaylum Mitchell.
In their semi, Bedstead won 3-1 against a Chris Dowhan All-Star XI, who went on to beat H2O 4-3 in a World Cup-style third/fourth place play-off.
It is planned to make the tourney an annual event.