Memorial game is a tribute to Amy

13/5/10 RH''The Portsmouth Ladies Fc team will be running the Race For Life in support of fellow team member Amy Swallow 25 pictured who is battling cancer''Picture: Paul Jacobs (101517-3)
13/5/10 RH''The Portsmouth Ladies Fc team will be running the Race For Life in support of fellow team member Amy Swallow 25 pictured who is battling cancer''Picture: Paul Jacobs (101517-3)
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POMPEY legend Steve Claridge will pay tribute to footballer Amy Swallow at a match held in her memory.

Amy, of Hill Park Road in Gosport, died at the age of 26 in November last year after a long battle with skin cancer.

Now, footballers who played alongside Amy in Gosport and for Pompey’s ladies’ team will compete in a match named the Amy Swallow Memorial Cup.

All proceeds from the event will go towards the Royal Marsden cancer charity.

Mr Claridge will present the winning trophy at the end of the game.

Amy’s sister Emmaline Day, 35, said: ‘We had always said we wanted to do something for the Royal Marsden because they helped Amy so much.

‘It’s so important. They are tremendous. She would go and see the doctors and every time they would talk to her about football and about Pompey.

‘It’s a busy hospital but nothing was too much trouble.

‘It’s fantastic. She would be chuffed. She was loved in Gosport.’

Amy’s mum Lee Day, 52, added: ‘She would be absolutely blown away by the fact that Steve is presenting the trophy. She loved him.

‘It’s sad that she’s not here to see it all but she’s probably looking down on us.

‘The staff at the Royal Marsden were absolutely fantastic but more than that they do a lot of research for cancer. They are probably one of the best in the world. They do so much to help other people.’

The match will take place on Tuesday, December 6, at 7.30pm at Gosport Borough Football Club. Tickets cost £5 each.