Footy team pay tribute to coach

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A charity match that reunited a local football team who haven’t played together for 25 years has raised more than £1,000 for Cancer Research.

The Killinghall Nomads junior team, who first lined up in the early 1990s, reformed for the match in memory of their coach Stu Scarborough, 65, who died last year after a short battle with cancer.

The team faced off against a side made up of players from the former Killinghall Seniors team and secured a 6-2 victory at Rossett Sports Centre.

This is the second year the fundraiser has taken place and the Scarborough family hope it will become an annual charity event.

Stu’s son, Jamie Scarborough, 38, played in goal for the winning juniors side on the charity day, as he used to do back in the 90s.

He said: “It was great to get the old team back together and raise such a decent amount for charity.

“We weren’t always winners in the early days and suffered some hefty double-figure defeats back in the early 90s, but Stu was a great coach and helped turn our fortunes round.

“The annual charity match is a fitting way to remember Stu who was a popular coach and always loved football.

“He’d be delighted to know we’re playing together all these years later and we’ve kept some great friendships and memories.

“We had lots of support from the Harlow Hill community and we’re grateful to everyone who donated prizes for the raffle and bought tickets.”

The post-match fundraiser was held at the Shepherd’s Dog and prizes included an England football training top signed by interim manager Gareth Southgate.