THE final whistle has blown on a football match that has been held every year in memory of a popular player.
The last-ever Barry Hogan Memorial Trophy match was held after 20 years of commemorating the much-loved dad.
The game has been held on every Good Friday since Mr Hogan, who was manager of the Lion pub football team, died from cancer in November 1991, aged just 39.
Former players from the Lion Hillcarter and Woodcutter teams battled it out for the trophy during a match held at the West Hartlepool Rugby Football ground, in Catcote Road,
There was also lots of family entertainment, including an Easter bunny search, Easter egg search, tombola, raffles, stand-up bingo, games and a disco from town DJ Les Watts.
Each year, the event has raised money for local causes, and this year saw £610 amassed for Hartlepool & District Hospice.
Organisers have said this would be the last year the event would take place.
Mr Hogan’s widow, Gwen Hogan-Teale, who has since remarried to Fred Teale, 56, thanked Mr Hogan’s friend from the team, Mally Campbell, for his help in organising the day over the past 20 years.
Mally was presented with a watch and his wife Maureen was given a bouquet of flowers for all their help.
Gwen, 61, a part-time Next worker from Caledonian Road, who is mum to Kelly Taylor, 39, Jill Hill, 36, and Joanne Bailey, 33, said: “The day was a great success and we had about 100 people there.
“The game ended with a 1-1 draw, which seemed an appropriate end after all these years.
“We had a fantastic turnout and managed to raise £610 for the hospice.”
Gwen is grandmother to Danni Taylor, 17, Jackson Bailey, 14, Harvey Hill, 11, Harrison Bailey, 11, Jake Hill, nine, Lucia Bailey, four and Bryndan Taylor, four, who helped out on the day.
Gwen thanked the Spirals and Curls Aloud hair salons and Acorn landscape gardeners for donating raffle prizes, Next for selling raffle tickets and her son-in-law Andrew ‘Pud’ Bailey for organising the stand-up bingo.