Kicking off to help bring the Nottingham's communities together
FORMER Forest and Notts County stars will take part in a commemorative football match to remember young people who have lost their lives in a tragic circumstances.
The event, Taken Too Soon, will allow people to pay their respects to young people who have lost their lives to crime, drugs or other tragedies such as road accidents.
Former Nottingham Forest players who will play include Jason Lee, Mark Crossley, Des Lyttle, Steve Chettle and Craig Armstrong. They will take on former players from Notts County FC, who are yet to be confirmed.
Footballers from semi-professional club Real United FC will make up the numbers at their ground in Stoke Lane, Stoke Bardolph, on August 5.
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Among the crowd will be high-profile Nottingham anti-crime campaigners including mourning mother Trisha Bergan who lost her son, Jerome Eugene Bergan, to a single stab wound to the chest just yards from his home in December 2002.
Also in attendance will be mum Donna Munn whose son Liam, 19, died after he was punched to the ground and hit his head outside the Halo nightclub, in Goldsmith Street, in the early hours of January 18, 2009.
The organiser of the event is former semi-professional player, Roger Henry, the co-founder of Real United.
He said: "This is about bringing the community together. Hopefully the public will show their support."
Mr Henry also said that the event would be about paying respects to a range of people including those such as 14-year-old Josh Dale.
Josh was riding his bike in Mile End Road, off the A612 in Colwick, on January 13 when he was in collision with a car. He fell into a coma and died in the early hours of January 24 at the city's Queen's Medical Centre.
Mr Henry said: "His death really rocked the local community and we felt that here at the club because we train in nearby Stoke Bardolph.
"It's important to remember cases like Josh and not just the violent tragedies."
Real United, first-team manager Mark Clifford, 34, lost one of his best friends Patrick Shakespeare, 32, after he was stabbed in a house in Broxtowe Lane, Aspley, ten years ago. He said: "We want to remember those who have lost their lives and at the same time showcase the talents of Real United."
Tickets for the event will cost £5 and can be bought either on the day, which starts at 12.30pmm or by phoning Mr Henry direct on 07790 869324.