Tournament tribute to taxi-tragedy teen

PAYING TRIBUTE ... A football tournament is being held in memory of keen sportsman Aaron Todd.  His mum Karen Rutter and brothers Ronnie and Peter are pictured with players at last year's tournament.
PAYING TRIBUTE ... A football tournament is being held in memory of keen sportsman Aaron Todd. His mum Karen Rutter and brothers Ronnie and Peter are pictured with players at last year's tournament.
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A SECOND charity football tournament has been organised as a tribute to a teenager killed in a road tragedy six years ago.

Aaron Todd, 18, died of serious head injuries six days after he fell out of a taxi and hit his head on March 29, 2009.

TRAGIC TEEN: Aaron Todd died after hitting his head when falling out of a taxi back in 2009.

TRAGIC TEEN: Aaron Todd died after hitting his head when falling out of a taxi back in 2009.

The Aaron ‘Azza’ Todd Memorial Tournament will see friends and former team-mates of the teenager, of Kirkstone Avenue, Jarrow, get together to raise cash in his honour.

The event was held for the first time last year and raised £1,750 for the intensive care unit at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, where Aaron spent the final days of his life, and Perth Green Community Association in Jarrow.

The tournament – on from Saturday, May 23, to Monday, May 25, at the community association, in Inverness Road – is being organised by Chris Thompson, one of Aaron’s coaches.

He said: “Like last year, it will be a celebration of his life and a chance to recreate the stories we all remember him for, as well as remembering his huge appetite for life and unique personality, which touched so many of us.

The amount of people wanting to get involved just goes to show how well-loved Aaron was.

Chris Thompson, tournament organiser

“We all remember his talent as a footballer and the ability he had to make us laugh, but it was us who were fortunate to have come across such an outstanding human being as Aaron, who will always have a place in our hearts and is still so sorely missed and greatly admired.

“The amount of people wanting to get involved just goes to show how well loved Aaron was. We had two teams last year and four this year, but we could have easily had six.”

On May 23, a match between Jarrow Falcons and a Jarrow Boys XI will kick off at 1pm, and a Jarrow School XI will take on Castle Scaffold FC at 3pm.

A fundraiser will be held at 7pm that night at the Neon Social Club, in Nairn Street, Jarrow. Tickets cost £3 and can be bought from the community association and the Red Hackle pub.

On May 24, an under-12s tournament and fun day will take place from 10am.

On May 25, teams will compete for third and fourth places at noon, and at 2pm, a team dubbed Jarrow Ex-Managers will take on Toddy’s AFC, a team made up of relatives of Aaron, at 2pm. The final kicks off at 3.30pm.

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