Dylan Cecil game to be played away from Nene Park

Dylan Cecil and dad Darren Cecil at Nene Park
Dylan Cecil and dad Darren Cecil at Nene Park

A football match in memory of Dylan Cecil will not take place at Nene Park with the ground’s ongoing problems – but organisers have said the show will go on.

A game to raise cash for the crews who tried in vain to save the Kettering youngster was pencilled in for the Irthlingborough stadium to take place after Kettering Town FC’s match against St Neots Town on Saturday, October 27.

But due to the club’s ongoing problems, which includes the stadium’s power being turned off, the Cecils have now arranged for the game to take place at Kennedy’s Bar in Finedon on the same day at 3pm.

The pub, in Irthlingborough Road, has football pitches for use and the game will be played out between close friends and family.

Dylan’s cousin Callum, 16, of Gorse Road, Kettering, organised the game, and said: “There was never any doubt the game would go ahead as I’ve put all my time and effort into making it happen.

“We were all very disappointed that Nene Park has fallen through, as it was where Dylan watched his first Kettering game. They have said it’s because the ground has no electricity and generators haven’t been put up yet.

“But Kennedy’s have been great, they’ve given us their place to play for free.”

All proceeds from the game will go to Burnham-on-Sea Rescue Boat and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, who tried to save little Dylan when he fell into the sea on August 19.

A coachload of friends and family will be attending, and entry is £3 for members of the public.

An after party will take place at the bar after the game, starting from about 7pm.