Tribute match for Hatfield footballer Ryan Moran raises more than £4,000
PUBLISHED: 11:01 17 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:01 17 July 2013
A CHARITY football match in honour of much-loved Hatfield man Ryan Moran raised more than £4,000.
Mr Moran died on July 1, aged just 31.
A statement prepared by footballer and postman Mr Moran’s wife Chloe, mum Lorraine, dad John and sister Veritie read: “We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came together to support and raise money at Ryan’s memorial match held at Birchwood, on Sunday, July 7.”
The statement added: “A huge thank you and a well-played goes out to Ryan’s Posties for their performance, to Ryan’s school friends who came to reminisce on the good old days, to friends, family and the people of Hatfield, who took time out to give their support and to donate generously.
“Finally we would also like to give a massive thank you to Adam Parker and his family who brought this all together at such short notice, which turned out to be a day to remember.
“‘Butch’ would have certainly been proud of you.”
Mr Parker told the WHT: “It went really well, we raised £4,380.
“We’re going to give £1,000 to another Arsenal charity and the rest to Isabel Hospice.”
Players on the Arsenal Celebrity XI included Luis Boa Morte, Paul McVeigh and Ian Allinson.
They took on a team including postmen called ‘Ryan’s Posties XI’.
Posties XI player Mr Parker said: “We lost 6-0 but it was a good day for all and there were loads of people down there.”
Also supporting the cause were Spandau Ballet star Tony Hadley and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and Royle Family actor Ralf Little.
■ Ryan Moran’s funeral will be held tomorrow (July 18) at St Ethelreda Church, in Old Hatfield at 11am, then on to Garston Crematorium.