Hartlepool United and Nottingham Forest legend’s tribute to Liam Gough

John Gough (left) and John McGovern with the signed football shirts
John Gough (left) and John McGovern with the signed football shirts

A HARTLEPOOL United legend is lending his support to a fundraising event being held in memory of a much-loved town man.

Former Hartlepool United player and Nottingham Forest captain John McGovern has donated two signed football shirts which will be among the prizes being auctioned during a memorial evening for much-missed Hartlepool man Liam Gough.

Liam’s family and friends are organising the sixth annual fundraising night with proceeds going to Hartlepool and District Hospice.

It will take place at Hartlepool Rovers Quoit Club, in Easington Road, at 7pm on Friday, November 15.

The family have raised £9,100 for the hospice since the event began in 2008.

Liam Gough was just 53 when he died on New Year’s Day in 2008.

As well as working with adults and youngsters with disabilities and learning difficulties, Liam was also well-known on the local football scene.

The hospice was close to Liam and his family’s hearts as it cared for his sister, Angela O’Hara, before she 
passed away aged 54 10 
years ago.

The night will feature live music from Freddie Mercury tribute act Billy West as well as raffles, auctions and other fundraising activities.

It will be compered by Liam’s brother and regular hospice supporter Paul “Goffy” Gough and is organised by one of his other brothers, John, who said: “The hospice is one of the jewels of the town and we should all do our bit to support it.”

There will also be two charity football matches played by The Saxon Junior teams on Stranton School field on the morning of Saturday, November 16.

Greg Hildreth, from the hospice, said: “This is always a great night.”

Tickets are £3 from 07904 641875 or (01429) 855529.