Family and friends teamed up to raise money in memory of a local league footballer who died of cancer aged just 23.

Much-loved Gavin Greig, of Golcar, underwent a heart transplant as a boy but died as a result of side effects of the drugs that saved his life.

Gavin, a goalkeeper for Golcar United, died in St James’ Hospital in Leeds in January.

And on Sunday more than 100 relatives and friends came together at a football tournament organised in his memory.

Gavin Greig memorial Football tournament at PPG Canalside, Huddersfield. The teams made up of Gavin Greigs friends line up behind organisers, Jonathan Newiss (front left) and Andrew Allison (front right) with Gavin's sister Dawn Greig and his nephews Jenson Crone, Malaki Crone and Tyler Faulkner before the start of the first game.

It is hoped the event will have raised thousands of pounds for the hospital.

Poignantly, the tournament was played of the same 3G pitch at Huddersfield Town’s Canalside training complex that Gavin himself regularly played on.

The event was attended by Gavin’s parents David and Ann, of Golcar, and brother Darrell and sister Dawn.

The family of Gavin Greig at the memorial charity football tournament held in his honour. From left: Sister Dawn Greig, brother Darrell Greig, niece Perry Greig, mum Ann Greig and dad David Greig

Dawn, 32, said the family were surprised and delighted at the turnout and said: “It’s amazing. I can’t believe how many people have come but it just shows how popular he was.

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“We’ve had good days and bad days but we’ve been very well supported by his friends who have made everything a lot easier for us.”

Mum Ann added: “It’s a bit emotional but we’ve been looking forward to it.

Gavin Greig, pictured aged 11, as he prepared to compete in the British Transplant Games. He underwent a heart transplant aged nine.

“Gavin used to play on this pitch every year in a tournament and his team won last year so this is bringing back a lot of memories.”

Gavin, a former Colne Valley High School pupil, was also a big Huddersfield Town fan and supporters at Town’s game against Cardiff gave him a minute’s applause, starting in the 23rd minute.

The football tournament also started with a prolonged round of applause.

Gavin Greig memorial Football tournament at PPG Canalside, Huddersfield. Action from the first game of the tournament played amongst Gavin Grieg's friends.

Gavin had a heart transplant at the age of nine but, tragically, anti-rejection drugs caused the cancer which took his life.

The tournament was organised by two of Gavin’s friends, Andrew Allison and Jonathan Newiss, who now hope it will become an annual event.

One of those who played was Gavin’s 13-year-old nephew Tyler, who now wants to follow in his uncle’s footsteps to be a goalie himself.

Gavin Greig memorial Football tournament at PPG Canalside, Huddersfield. Action from the first game of the tournament played amongst Gavin Grieg's friends.

Friends paid tribute to Gavin and best mate Gary Home said: “I grew up with him and was absolutely devastated when he died. He’d been doing so well.

“He was a great mate, always with a smile on his face and we were always there for each other.”