FRIENDS and family of a well-known town footballer are set to hold a charity match in his memory.
But the 20th anniversary Barry Hogan Memorial Trophy match will be the last.
Organisers felt it was appropriate that the landmark 20th year would be the final event.
Mr Hogan died from cancer in November 1991, aged just 39.
He was the manager of the Lion pub football team in Hartlepool.
Every year on Good Friday since Mr Hogan passed away, the match has been held at the West Hartlepool Rugby Football ground in Catcote Road and money made from the day is given to charity.
Mr Hogan’s widow, Gwen Hogan-Teale, who has since remarried to Fred Teale, 56, said this year proceeds will go to Hartlepool & District Hospice and added: “Barry’s friend from the team, Mally Campbell, has organised it every year and he has kept it going and got all the old players together.
“He has done a good job over the years, but feels it is time to call it a day now he has reached the 20-year goal.
“I want to thank him for what he has done.”
Former players of the Lion Hillcarter and Woodcutter teams, who will be in their 40s and 50s, will compete in the memorial match, which takes place on Good Friday, April 6.
Among them will be Jimmy Costello, Mark Linighan, Mark Taylor, Kenny Goodrick, Neil Brallisford, Steve Murphy and Marty Hewitt.
Gwen added that Billy Wainwright, Billy Preston, Bobby Brown and Davey Preston, from the former Lion team, will also be there.
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 it was hoped that Barry’s brother Roy, also a former Hartlepool United player, who now lives in Australia, could get along to the event, as well as Barry’s twin brother, Ian, who lives in Singapore.
The match kicks off at 10.30am, followed at noon by family entertainment in the clubhouse, including an Easter bunny search, Easter egg search, tombola, raffles, stand-up bingo, games and a disco from town DJ Les Watts.
Gwen, who 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, added: “We have chosen the hospice because there are so many people suffering from cancer now.
“We want to make the event bigger and better with it being the last one and to make it into a real celebration.”
Previous causes to benefit from the game include the Great North Air Ambulance and the late Hannah Dagg, who died after battling cerebral palsy, dystonia and epilepsy aged four in September 2009.