A MATCH held in memory of an amateur footballer was hailed as a success after £650 was raised for charity.
Friends and loved ones gathered at Filtrona Park in Shaftesbury Avenue, South Shields, to remember Jamal Bouzid at the weekend.
The 21–year–old, from Horsley Hill, South Shields, died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (Sads) in April 2011, after collapsing in the street on his way home from a football match.
Shortly after his death, pals decided that an annual game would be a fitting way to remember the popular South Tyneside Homes employee, who played for Vets ReUnited and Shields United.
However, the Vets had hoped to take home the Jamal Bouzid Memorial Cup on Sunday, but their match against the Riverside saw them lose 3-0.
Vets goalkeeper Simon Parkin, 39, from West Harton, South Shields, said: “The game started with an immaculately observed minute’s silence in memory of Jamal, by both players and spectators.
“Jamal was such a popular lad and so well liked, we were all honoured to be able to take part in this match to honour of his memory.”
After the game Jamal’s mum Dawn Bouzid, 46, from Horsley Hill, presented the trophy to the Riverside’s captain, Kyle Houshby, with Aaron Burn collecting the man of the match award.
The celebration continued into the evening.
Firstly, a women’s exhibition match between Newcastle and Middlesbrough, which Newcastle won 6-2, before a barbeque and karaoke took centre stage.
Mr Parkin added: “We would like to thank the regulars at the Last Orders pub who commissioned the trophy in Jamal’s memory, and John and Vi Rundle for the use of their superb facilities at Filtrona Park.
“And also to everyone who attended the event to remember such a special lad, who is still sorely missed.”