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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Football teams did Joe proud at Barrow teenager’s memorial match

A MEMORIAL football match did a popular Barrow teenager proud and raised thousands of pounds for charity.

Barrow AFC’s Holker Street ground was the venue for the Joe Andrews Memorial Football Match on Saturday afternoon.

Joe died following a crash on the A590 near Lindal in August last year. He was 19.

The game saw Barrow AFC supporters take on Barrow police.

Balloons were released from the centre circle ahead of the game.

Two of Joe’s good friends, Joe Bradbury and Dean Edmond, featured in the supporters team.

At the final whistle the game finished at 1-1. Michelle Jones, goalkeeper for Barrow police, was awarded the man of the match for her two outstanding penalty saves.

The day, which also included stalls and raffles, raised £3,000 for the North West Air Ambulance Service, £1,000 above the target.

The air ambulance is the chosen charity of the Andrews family, who attended the event.

They are aiming to raise £19,000 for the charity.

Mike Gough, who runs Abbey Marble and Granite, in Barrow, organised the event.

Mr Gough met Joe’s parents, Julie and Gavin Andrews, when he was asked to carry out a special engraving for them. Before he died Joe had powerwashed the patio with his initials and Mr Gough carved those markings into the stone.

Mr Gough also made a special stone World Cup style trophy, the Joe Andrews Cup of the World.

The trophy was presented jointly to Ste Story, captain of the Barrow AFC supporters, and Mr Gough, who captained Barrow police.

Mr Gough said it had been a very emotional day, with a well-spirited match and everyone was delighted that the fundraising target was exceeded. The plan is to hold the event again next year.

He thanked the Andrews, Barrow AFC director Peter Garbacz, Sandra Gough, Mr Story, the numerous companies and the public.

Mrs Andrews said: “We cannot thank people enough for their support and to raise £3,000. It is testament to the support in Furness.

“It is brilliant what Mike has achieved. He is a special person.

“They did Joseph proud.”

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