Charity match held in memory of pals

Steven Greenwood and Roy Dean
Steven Greenwood and Roy Dean
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A football match held in the memory of two local men has raised more than £1,000 for charity.

The Carleton Park Rangers took on Carleton Town for the Dibet Dean Trophy, which honoured the lives of Royston Dean, who died in May 2013 days before his 31st birthday, and Steven ‘Dibet’ Greenwood, who died in November 2013 after suffering muscular dystrophy.

The match was organised by friends of the two men, many of whom attended Hodgson High School and live in the Poulton and Carleton areas.

The money raised will be split between The Neuro Muscular Centre and Inspire – the North Lancashire Integrated Recovery Service.

The main organisers were Mark Mackay, Steven Bibby, Michael Burrows and Andrew Forsyth. Mark said: “Steven used to play for Carleton Park Rangers and Roy used to play for Carleton Town.

“The teams came about as a group of us used to play regularly on Carleton Green Primary School after school – it was more arranged games rather than just a ‘kick-about’.

“The charity match was discussed when all the original team members got back together for the two unfortunate funerals.”

All players paid to take part in the match, which was held at Blackpool FC on Friday, and around 50 friends and family supported the game. It raised £1,015.

Mark added: “We have to thank Blackpool Football Club, and especially John Woodman.”