Memorial match to be held in honour of crash victim

A memorial football match in honour of a popular grass-roots player who was killed in a crash earlier this year is being held.

Saturday, 20th August 2016, 7:33 am
Christopher Penney in action for Embleton Whinstone Rovers

Christopher Penney died after a collision between his van and an HGV on the road between Longhoughton and Denwick on May 13.

The 28-year-old, who was born and bred in Belford but was living in Longhoughton, was driving to pick up his friend on the way to work when the incident happened.

His parents Sue and Charlie, and his girlfriend of nine years, Jamie Milligan, described him as a fun-loving person who ‘could walk into a room and light it up’.

Football-mad Christopher played for North Northumberland League side Embleton WR and the club has organised a memorial football match to remember and celebrate the life of the much-loved full-back, who supported Manchester United.

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The fixture will take place on Friday, August 26, against Craster Rovers. Kick off is 6.30pm and the game is at Embleton’s ground.

And the reason for choosing Craster as the opposition is a special one; one which sums up Christopher’s character and love for the game.

Embleton WR player Lee Renwick said: “On one occasion last season, Embleton WR was plagued with man flu and we found ourselves with nine men and we were scheduled to play Craster. We played the game that day, and not only did we play well, we won! We defied the odds and played with grit and determination to get the job done.

“One of the nine that day was Christopher Penney. He gave 110 per cent that day and showed true character. In honour of that game and to remember Christopher, we have arranged the memorial match against Craster. We hope plenty of people turn up and show their support and remember Christopher.”