A football supporter’s legacy is to live on – with money raised from his funeral to go towards developing young players in South Tyneside.
James Ingoe, 53, tragically died just weeks before a greatly anticipated trip to Wembley to watch South Shields FC.
The avid Mariners fan – known by many as Jim – passed away unexpectedly in May, shortly before the greatest day in the club’s history as they won the FA Vase at the national stadium.
At his funeral, mourners were asked to make donations, and Jim’s family opted to make the South Shields FC Foundation – the charitable arm of the club – one of the beneficiaries.
A cheque for £504 was handed over by Jim’s wife Jill, and their daughters Jessica, 27, and Jenna, 23.
The money will be used towards the development of 11 of the club’s young players.
I know this is something he would have lovedJill Ingoe
Jill said: “Jim loved going to the South Shields games and was delighted to see the club doing so well.
“He also saw some of the junior teams play a few times, and loved the thought of them progressing through the club and getting good support.
“He was really looking forward to going to Wembley and had booked up to go to London, but sadly he passed away suddenly and unexpectedly a few weeks beforehand.
“That’s why decided that at his funeral, part of the donations would go to the junior section of the club.
“I know that’s something he would have loved.”
In tribute to Jim and to say thank you to those who made a donation, 11 South Shields junior players aged seven to 18 will carry his name on the back of their shirts this season.
Before his death, Jim had ordered a Mariners’ shirt to wear as he cheered the team on at Wembley. Jill collected the shirt from the club and travelled to support the Mariners as they went on to beat Cleethorpes Town 4-0.
The other half of donations at Jim’s funeral went towards the South Shields Lung Foundation.