Ipswich: Memorial match for the love of David

A MEMORIAL football match will be held this weekend to celebrate the life of a beloved son, brother and friend.

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

Since then his family and friends have raised thousands of pounds for charity in his memory.

On Saturday, David’s friends will come together for the annual memorial match at St Clement’s Hospital Social Club.

The Brickies Old Boys will take on FC Thrasher/Heathlands and all are welcome to come along, watch the match and enjoy a barbecue afterwards.

Every year the match is held in aid of a different charity and this year’s event will be supporting Headway.

David was a big football fan and supporter of Ipswich Town.

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David’s mum Rosie said: “It’s obviously nice for us, his family, because it keeps it alive and it’s nice that people remember him.

“He was a very strong character, full of fun, and it’s lovely that people keep that memory going.

“Of course we’d rather have him back, but it’s nice we can do this in his memory.”

A charity night has also been organised at the Foxhall Road club in honour of David’s birthday on Friday, August 3, with music from an Oasis tribute band.

The family would particularly like to thank David’s friend Mark Codling for all his help organising both events.

The charity evening is a ticket-only event, also in aid of Headway.

Tickets cost �10 and are available from the club, from the Old Times pub, or by calling either 07789 483215 or 07710 638736.