A FOOTBALL match in memory of a teenage sports star was held last night on the pitch where he died.
Town stars and team-mates gathered to honour 15-year-old footballer Huw Thatcher who collapsed and died while playing with Hepworth United under-15s against Brighouse Town.
He had suffered a brain haemorrhage.
Brighouse Town played Holme Valley 11 – a specially created team which included Andy Booth, Rob Edwards and Martin Booty.
All funds raised went to the Huw Thatcher Trust which was set up after he died by his parents Nick and Jenny.
The Trust supports the Disabilities Trust and in particular the Brain Injury Rehabilitation part of this charity.
Huw’s dad Nick said: “It is the first time that I have been back here since that match.
“All the guys at Brighouse have been incredibly supportive and the football community has really been behind this.
“Those boys who were here on that day have been affected by what happened and have also been very supportive in helping the Trust. Some of them are here tonight.
“Huw was a beautiful young man with everything going for him.
“Sport was a big part of Huw’s life – he played for Hepworth United in football, Upperthong at cricket and was a member of Thongsbridge Tennis Club.
“Huw was a free spirit with a beautiful smile who is sorely missed as a son, brother, cousin, nephew, grandson and friend.”
Nearly 200 people came along to support the cause and a one-minute clap was given in memory of the Holmfirth High student before kick-off.
Brighouse Town vice-chairman Ray Mclaughlin said: “Tonight’s fixture is an occasion where the football family comes together to support one of their own.
“Huw graced this pitch on a number of occasions as he did many others across Huddersfield.
“Huw will never be forgotten by us here at Brighouse Football Club, or by his friends or family.” He thanked the spectators, the staff at both Brighouse and Holme Valley clubs and the officials, who refereed for free.