Keen footballer to be remembered at charity football day

Adam Peacock, pictured with nephew Owen, was a keen footballer who spent four years at Sunderland's Centre of Excellence as a schoolboy.
Adam Peacock, pictured with nephew Owen, was a keen footballer who spent four years at Sunderland's Centre of Excellence as a schoolboy.

A keen footballer who battled bravely against Motor Neurone Disease is to be remembered at a charity tournament this weekend.

Adam Peacock, of South Shields, died at the age of just 33 in 2012, and a fundraising football competition is held each year at Mariners Park, in Shaftesbury Avenue, the home of South Shields FC.

The tournament is always a good way to remember Adam

Jean Peacock

Money raised at Saturday’s event will be donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, with activities to take place at the ground between 10am and 4pm, and the matches to start at 10.30am.

It is seen as a perfect way to remember Adam, who trained at Sunderland’s Centre of Excellence as a boy.

His mother Jean Peacock said: “Football was a big passion of Adam’s, and this was his idea.

“It helps to raise awareness of MND and money for charity, and it is always a good way to remember Adam. A lot of his friends play in the tournament, as he had a huge circle of friends.”

The tournaments were first organised by Adam before his death, and his friends pledged to continue to hold it each year in his memory.

This is its fifth staging, and last year’s event raised £6,540.

There will also be stalls selling food, as well as a bouncy castle and face painting for children.

At 7.15pm, a further event will be held at Hedworth Hall, on Dean Road, to raise funds.

Tickets for the football cost £2 for adults and £1 for children, and for the night-time event, it is £5.