A MOTHER is encouraging her son’s friends and family to support a football tournament in his memory.
Ross Wood, 22, died two days after he was attacked while on a night out in Mirfield on November 19, 2007.
Every year, around 200 friends and relatives gather to remember Ross on the anniversary of his death, and this year they will play a five-a-side football tournament.
His mother, Sam, said: “We always have a get-together every year for Ross’s anniversary at Mirfield Cricket Club.
“I suggested that we do something related to football, because Ross was a keen footballer.
“For the last three years we have done the same thing and got together for a gathering. I just thought this would be something Ross would have liked.”
Ross was known to many as a talented footballer. He played for Huddersfield Town’s junior academy and was youth captain for Ossett Town. He also played for Horbury Town and became captain of Mirfield Town.
On Sunday November 20, his friends and relatives will take part in the football tournament at Mirfield Cricket Club.
Mirfield Town manager Grodon Young is organising the event. He said: “Anybody who is a friend of Ross, who knew him through football or any other activity, who wants to come along, will be more than welcome.
“It will be informal, a lot of fun and not too serious.
“Come rain or shine we will be playing football.”
The tournament starts at 1pm, and teams – including a ‘veterans’ team of parents – will compete for a trophy donated by the Kip McGrath Education Centre in Heckmondwike.
Ms Wood said: “It keeps me going, the support of his friends and our friends and family.
“When something like that happens you either crumble or take your strength from everybody else and move forward.”
The tournament will be a celebration of Ross’s life which will continue late into the night.
Ms Wood, of Crow Nest Court, Mirfield, said: “We will be there until midnight, because that’s when his anniversary will be, and we’ll have a quiet moment.”
For more information on the tournament, call Matthew Scholes on 07786614109.