Friends kick off Joe’s fundraiser

Sunday FA Cup teams - Star FC, from left, back, Tom Adams, Martyn Ferrey, Denny Ingram, Danny Price, Matty Burling, Sam Marson, Andy Griffith, Marcus Jones, Ben David, Bryn Kneeshaw(manager). Front, Marc Griffith, Ryan Jackson, Mark Barber, Darran Wilford (with mascot Harley Adams), Gareth Sygrove, Lee Major, Anthony Pickles, and Joe Greening.        0745106b'in Sport   11/11/07   pic by Andrew Higgins
Sunday FA Cup teams - Star FC, from left, back, Tom Adams, Martyn Ferrey, Denny Ingram, Danny Price, Matty Burling, Sam Marson, Andy Griffith, Marcus Jones, Ben David, Bryn Kneeshaw(manager). Front, Marc Griffith, Ryan Jackson, Mark Barber, Darran Wilford (with mascot Harley Adams), Gareth Sygrove, Lee Major, Anthony Pickles, and Joe Greening. 0745106b'in Sport 11/11/07 pic by Andrew Higgins

A CHARITY football match and fundraising day has been organised in memory of popular player Joe Greening.

Joe died last August at the age of 26 after he was involved in a car accident on his way to work at Kingspan Wards.

Hundreds of tributes were paid at the time to the young father, who lived with his girlfriend and family in Crossgates, and was a keen local football playing for Star FC, in Cayton.

Now Joe’s former managers Nick Sheader and Brynn Kneeshaw have organised a fundrasing day in his memory featuring a charity football match.

The event is aimed at raising money for a trust fund set up to support Joe’s young son Sutton.

Mr Sheader said: “Anyone that knew Joe or played with Joe is more than welcome to come along and bring their boots, and take part.

“We are hoping to get a good crowd of people watching too.

“It is just a chance for people to get together and join in the fun in Joe’s memory.”

Joe’s former team mates from Star will play a specially put together Star ‘Old Boys’ team for the match, which is being held at Pindar School.

Players and spectators will then head the The Star pub, in Cayton, where there will be a bouncy castle and barbecue, and entertainment will run in to the night with Joe’s favourite band Grand Urge, who played at his funeral.

Mr Sheader added: “We are having a raffle too which we hope will be the big fundraiser. If any local business out there could donate a prize to support us that would be great.

“We just hope to get a good crowd of people down either during the day or on the night.

“After the barbecue we will all be watching the Champions League final with Manchester United and Barcelona. Joe was a big Man U fan so hopefully they can top the day off with a win for him.”

The fundraising day is taking place on Saturday, May 28, with the football match kicking off at 1.30pm at Pindar School.

To donated prizes or buy tickets for the raffle, or for more information about playing football on the day contact Mr Kneeshaw at The Star on (01723) 582395.

This season Star FC wore specially printed shirts featuring ‘Joey Greening’ written above the badge in honour of Joe, who was a former pupil of Cayton, Pindar and Yorkshire Coast College.