Football match is the perfect tribute to Amy

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AMY Swallow was a popular footballer and a huge Pompey fan.

And so it was fitting that around 200 people turned out to watch her hero Steve Claridge present a trophy at a memorial football match in her honour.

TRIBUTE Amy Swallow

TRIBUTE Amy Swallow

People wrapped up warm on a cold December evening in Gosport to pay tribute to Amy, from Hill Park Road in the town, who died of skin cancer in November last year.

Now, £1,720 has been raised for the Royal Marsden hospital in London, where Amy was treated during her long battle with the disease.

People travelled from as far as London and Bristol to compete in the match, which featured players who played alongside Amy at Gosport Borough football club and the Pompey Ladies.

And it was the Pompey Ladies who were victorious, winning 4-3.

Amy’s sister, Emmaline Day, 35, from Priddy’s Hard, said: ‘It was absolutely tremendous.

‘It was better than we expected it to be.

‘Amy was there anyway, I reckon. The people involved meant a lot to Amy.

‘One girl travelled down from London to play and she scored. It was excellent.’

As well as donations from people, there was also a raffle with people donating prizes.

Emmaline said she hopes that the money will be able to prevent other people suffering like Amy did.

‘The money is going straight to research into cancer,’ she said.

‘It’s helping right at the beginning. Hopefully if we can help the beginning part then hospices won’t be needed.’

Emmaline added that she was thrilled Amy’s hero was able to be a part of the night, donating £100 towards the cause.

‘Steve Claridge is such a wonderful person,’ she added.

‘He didn’t have to give up his time. He was so nice to my mum and me. He was a nice bloke.

‘Amy would’ve been overwhelmed.

‘If she was there I think it would have been too much for her to cope with.

‘She just wouldn’t have believed it with the amount of support.

‘It was a cold evening as well.

‘But so many people braved the weather.’