South Shields Football Club leads applause tribute to Jak Fada
Hundreds of football fans joined the family of schoolboy Jak Fada in a moving tribute to the youngster led by players from his favourite club.
As the rain fell on Mariners Park, players from South Shields Football Club started a round of a applause in memory of the 10-year-old who died, last November, of a ruptured heart artery.
They were joined by fans, his family and players from opposing team Matlock FC in a moving testament to the youngster’s love of the game ahead of their 3pm kick-off.
The applause was part of Jak Fada Day which also saw those under 16 given free entry to the game in tribute to the youngster who himself was a keen and talented footballer.
His family also hosted a collection on the gates in aid of a Christmas Toy Appeal launched by his family in his memory for those less fortunate living in the borough nominated by worthy causes.
Jak died on November 6 - a month later his mum Ashley Tomlin died after she too suffered a ruptured heart artery.
His dad Tony Fada said: “I could burst into tears when I think about what they have done for my Jak.
“It’s so overwhelming, as just over a year ago I was stood here with Jak and Ashley, it ended up being his last game - and now both of them are not here.
“What the club has done for us having Jak Fada Day is amazing, they have done so much for us.