A MEMORIAL football match held in honour of a Kidderminster man helped raise more than £3,000 for charity.

Family and friends of Marcus Davis came together at the Gilt Edge club and grounds in Kidderminster to celebrate his life through the ‘veterans v wannabes’ game as well as a family fun day.

Mr Davis was just 24 when he died on January 25 almost a year after he was diagnosed with stage four testicular cancer.

The event, held earlier this month, saw £3758 raised with more money still coming in. The proceeds will be donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust and Clic Sargent charity, which supported Marcus’ family.

Former Wolves star Jody Craddock captained the veteran’s team which also featured ex-Kidderminster Harriers, Stourport Swifts and Alvechurch players.

Marcus’ best friend Shane Trossel skippered the wannabes side who were managed by his cousin Jordan Grasham and featured his old football pals and family.

And the former Baxter College’s childhood friend and ex-classmate Melissa Lawley, who plays for Manchester City and England, presented the trophy to winning captain Jody at the end of the game.

Uncle Ashley Grasham said: “We had a fantastic day and the weather was amazing. The turnout was incredible with lots of people coming along to support us and it exceeded all my expectations.”

“I want to thank everyone who supported the event including Lorna Parsons at the Gilt Edge club for the use of the grounds, Phil Pilkington for the photos and Hire It for the generator.

“Also, Massimo D'oriano at Phaseone for the pa lighting, Barry Proctor Services in Stoke on Trent for the trailer, Darren Pegler of Kong’s Castles for the free hire of his bouncy castles, Signal Traffic Management for sponsoring the event and Nick Akathiotis from Foley chippy for the donation of all the food for the day.

“DJ Chris Foxall and the bands The Murmur, Secret Cabaret and Bad Medicine were excellent too.

“And not least all the football players, helpers and volunteers as well as everyone who donated prizes for the day.”