A memorial football tournament is being held at the weekend in tribute to a young Corby father whose sudden death shocked his family and friends.
Andrew Brown, 32, died on November 27, at his home on the Danesholme estate, where he lived with his wife Leanne and daughters Marni, five, and 10-month-old Bella.
The tournament is being held at Steel Park on Sunday, starting at 1pm, when two teams from Stanion, which Andrew managed, and Danesholme Vikings will be joined by three sides made up of friends and named Leanne Brown FC, Marni Brown FC and Bella Brown FC.
The tournament is being opened by Corby’s mayor Mohammed Rahman and there will be a raffle in the Rockingham Forest Best Western Hotel, starting at 4pm, with the proceeds going to Andrew’s family.
Paul Sneddon, a close friend of Andrew’s who joined him in America where he was a soccer coach in Washington DC in 2004 and 2005, said: “Everyone who met him instantly liked him and they were always amazed by his story-telling.
“All the coaches and kids loved him and looked up to him.”
Another friend, Lee Esslemont, of Quantum Print Services, Corby, said: “Andrew and I were friends for many years. He was an extremely popular and well-liked man who could light up a room as soon as he walked in. I’m proud to have worked with him and, more importantly, had him as a friend.”
Andrew, a roofer by trade, attended The Kingswood School and Brooke Weston Academy in Corby.
He had a long association with football clubs in the area, playing for several, including Corby FC, Rushden & Diamonds, Kettering, Rothwell, Desborough and Danesholme Vikings.
In 2011 he took over the management of Quantum Print Vikings, on the Danesholme estate, Corby. The side merged with Stanion FC and Andrew headed up the new team, Stanion Quantum Print.
Andrew also leaves a daughter, Emily, nine, who lives with her mum, as well as his parents Vanessa and Paul and his sister, Helen. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.
Tickets for the tournament are £5 from the Chocolate Shop and the Viking Club, Corby.
They can also be obtained by telephoning 07743 853081, 07769 204411, 07784 157559 or 07885 649980.