Friends’ football tribute to Gosport bridge tragedy boy

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FRIENDS of a teenager who died after falling from a bridge held a football tournament in his memory.

Joey Prew died after falling from the bridge at Nimrod Drive in Rowner, Gosport.

The 17-year-old was a keen footballer and had played for Brune Park in the English schools national finals.

He had also played for the Spartan Colts.

Because of his love for the sport, one of Joey’s friends, Jake Browning, 19, from Gosport, decided to hold a football tournament to raise money for his family.

He said: ‘I thought it was a really good day.

‘I set the tournament up to raise some money for Joey’s parents to hopefully help with the funeral and things like that.

‘About 250 people turned up, all friends of Joey who turned out because they love him.

‘Everyone who took part was asked to pay £5 but most people paid a lot more than that.

‘It’s great we were able to raise so much.’

The tournament has raised almost £1,000 in cash for Joey’s family.

Jake, of Thomas Grant Avenue, thanked the young person’s charity Motiv8, which helped organise the event.

‘They arranged for trophies and things like that and I don’t think we would have been able to do it without their help,’ he said.

‘I also want to thank everyone who turned up.’

Joey’s friends now want to hold the tournament every year in his memory.

And any money raised each year will go to charity.

The tournament was won by the Lee Road Lads and the runners-up were the Mandy Crew.

Joey’s family believe his death was a tragic accident.

It happened at around 2am on August 26.

Police confirmed Joey’s death was not suspicious and have handed a file to the coroner’s office.

An inquest is expected to be held.

Within days, more than 100 bunches of flowers were left under the bridge.

Hundreds of Joey’s friends also joined a Facebook group where they left tributes and shared memories.

The tournament took place at the Grove Road playing fields in Gosport.