Killed footballer’s legacy helps kids in Jamaica

JAMAICAN orphans will be gifted sports kit in memory of a former Hucknall-based footballer who was killed in a tragic attack outside a Nottingham nightclub.

Liam Munn (19) was punched once outside the Halo nightclub near the Royal Centre tram stop in the early hours of Sunday January 18 2009. He died on his way to hospital.

Munn was an ambitious footballer who played for the now-defunct Rolls-Royce Leisure (Saturday) team, of Hucknall, in the Central Midlands League.

Now his family are continuing his connections with the game by staging a football tournament for disadvantaged young children in the Caribbean.

Money will be raised for the event through a dance night at The Pitch sports diner at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground a week tomorrow (Saturday December 10).

Those who go along will be asked to donate football boots and other kit that will be presented to Jamaican orphanages during a visit to the island after Christmas.

Inspiration for the project comes from Liam’s father, Karl, who hails from the Clarendon area of Jamaica.

Liam’s mum, Donna, of Nuthall, said: “When I’ve been to Jamaica before, many of the children play football barefoot on a dirt pitch or on the beach. Some cram their feet into boots of any size.”

As well as the kit, Liam’s family hope to donate footballs. They will also present photos of Liam playing football to be put up on the walls of orphanages.

“I can’t wait to see the children’s faces,” added Donna.

It is hoped that the link with Jamaica can become an annual event and could possibly lead to a football foundation in honour of Liam.

Several Forest players, past and present, will be at the dance night. Tickets are priced at £15, and there are 600 available.

Anyone interested in going along should call Donna on 07976 935127 or contact Tyrone Burton through Facebook.