Marsden Cricket Club paid a poignant tribute to 'beautiful' Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry ahead of tonight's game
Marsden - where Liam had played since the age of six - were playing a match against Castle Eden, and players and officials lined up between the wickets in honour of Liam, 19, and his 17-year-old girlfriend Chloe, who were killed in the attack on Manchester Arena on Monday night.
Many dozens of people lined the edge of the field in tribute to the tragic pair who lost their lives when suicide bomber Salman Abedi blew himself up in the foyer of the venue as the young couple were leaving the Ariana Grande concert.
Marsden player Ryan Little, who is said to be extremely close to Liam's family, gave a speech thanking everybody for being there.
He said: "There aren't many words that can be said to describe what's gone on and what will happen in the weeks so come.
"The main point of tonight is to celebrate two beautiful people who unfortunately are no longer with us.
"The aim of tonight is to have the best night possible - the kind of night that Liam and Chloe had every single time they went out."
Instead of a minute's silence, the club opted for a period of rapturous applause in honour of the pair, who were said to be inseparable.
Balloons were then released into the sky.
Some spectators wore t-shirts emblazoned with 'Chloe and Liam together forever'.
The club flag flew on half mast and the area around it turned into a make-shift shrine to the tragic pair, with flowers, messages and balloons.
A message tied to a bouquet of flowers read: "Two beautiful people so cruelly snatched away. Our deepest condolences. Bill, Helen, Alex and Laura."
Another note read: "Rest in peace Liam and Chloe. With heart-felt sadness from all your friends at Boldon Cricket Club."
A message signed 'The Ditchies' said: "Rest in peace Liam and Chloe. Sleep tight beautiful angels."
An anonymous note added: "Chloe and Liam together forever. Rest in peace Chloe. Gone too soon but we haven't forgotten your beautiful smile. Heaven truly has gained an angel."