Memorial match for Horden massacre victims

Bobby Turnbull
Bobby Turnbull

AN inaugural football match will take place this weekend in memory of the victims of the Horden shooting massacre.

Bobby Turnbull is organising the game in memory of his mum Alison, 44, sister Tanya, 24, and aunt Susan McGoldrick, 47, who were shot dead by Susan’s partner, Michael Atherton, 42, on New Year’s Day last year.

It will take place this Saturday from 10.30am at Wingate’s Welfare Park and will feature four teams, the Wingate and Blackhall over-40s teams and the Wingate Crossings and Wingate Fir Tree teams.

The Alison, Tanya and Susan Memorial Trophy match will hopefully become a yearly event, says Bobby, 24.

There will be bucket collections and a raffle, with prizes including a pair of football boots signed by Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson.

The raffle will be drawn at the Crossings pub after the game, where a buffet is being provided.

In the evening, a memorial night for the women is being held at Horden Social Welfare Centre, as previously reported. Tickets for have sold out, but all are welcome to the game.