Large turnout at memorial match for popular Higham Ferrers man

The family and friends of a popular Higham Ferrers man who lost his battle with a brain tumour last year have played a football match in his honour.

Matthew Pinnock, 22, died at the end of last year, and a memorial football match has been played in Higham Ferrers today.

Mr Pinnock went to Loughborough University, and also played for Higham Town Colts football team as a youngster.

The university football team and the Higham Ferrers club met at 2.30pm in Lancaster Park, Higham Ferrers, and competed for the Matthew Pinnock Memorial Cup.

Matthew’s dad, Richard, said: “The match is a challenge match between those two teams. Matthew really enjoyed his football, he really enjoyed being with his friends and I know it’s going to be a great day.

“We’re doing it to remember him and we’re going to have the trophy every year, that’s the idea, and next year hopefully we’ll play it in Loughborough.

“We’re raising money for CLIC Sargent. CLIC Sargent are an amazing charity who raise money for young people with cancer to help their families in all sorts of ways, and they’ve been brilliant for us.”

Richard Pinnock also thanked everybody who has raised money for charity in Matthew’s name, and took part in fundraising events.

To hear Richard talking about the memorial match watch the video above.