Ipswich: Memorial football match to take place in memory of popular football fan David ‘Flash’ Jay

David with his mother Rosie.

David with his mother Rosie. - Credit: Archant

Family and friends of a well known Ipswich man will gather together this weekend for an annual football match in his memory.

David “Flash” Jay of Westbury Road, Ipswich, died from a brain haemorrhage at the age of 33 in November, 2008.

Since then his loved ones have raised thousands of pounds for various good causes through the annual match and a series of other charity events.

This year, the game is raising funds for the neo-natal unit at Ipswich Hospital.

David’s mum, Rosie, 58, said: “It is still quite raw but I think this does help and it makes it slightly easier, but it will never go away.

“You have got to keep moving on but it is nice to make money for charity on his behalf.”

David was a big football fan and would travel abroad to see Ipswich Town and England play.

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Mrs Jay added: “He was very well known around the town. He was a very popular lad and he was always friendly and helpful. People just loved him.

“It was a terrible shock to lose him so young. Not just for us, but for everybody.”

The match will take place at St Clement’s Hospital Staff and Social Club from 3pm on Saturday.