'One Danny Shurmer' - Watch the incredibly moving applause in the 43rd minute of Hartlepool United v Torquay United play-off final
Hartlepool United and Torquay United fans have paid an incredibly moving tribute to Danny Shurmer – with a minute’s applause at Bristol.
Pools and Torquay fans paid tribute in the 43rd minute of the National League play-off final against Torquay United
Popular Danny passed away after collapsing at home. He was 43.
Danny – a huge Pools fan who had a ticket for the final at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate ground - joined Hartlepool Cricket Club as a junior member aged 10 and went on to represent both first and second teams.
You can watch the moving tribute in the video below with both sets of supporters joining in to pay their own respects.
A picture of Danny was also projected on the big screen, with his former teammates watching the game at Park Drive cricket club and paying their own tribute.
Ahead of the game, Pools revealed they had hung a shirt in their dressing room for the National League play-off final against Torquay United with ‘Shurmer 43’ on the back.
The club tweeted the picture with this caption: “One extra space in the dressing room. This afternoon is for you, Danny.”
With 3,100 supporters making the journey for the final it was always going to be an emotional tribute prior to the half-time break.
Club chairman Alan Jackson said on Thursday that Danny had been “a fabulous cricketer, who captained the second team many times and was, in his younger days, a very good first team player”.
"He really was a top notch lad that all the players respected,” said Alan.
"He knew his cricket inside and out and he had a wonderful, wonderful attitude towards his players.”