A MUCH-LOVED dad and talented footballer is to be remembered though the sport he loved.
Chris Niven, his wife Julie and their daughter Evie, now aged three, were enjoying a family holiday in Cyprus when Chris started suffering from a sore back.
After an emergency flight home to Aberdeen, Chris was diagnosed with a type of ALK mutation lung cancer.
Chris underwent treatment but the disease spread to his liver, spine and brain and the 30-year-old dad died last August after a year-long battle.
Chris, who was an engineer at Axis Well Technology, was a great lover of football, having played for teams including Cove Boys Club, Cove Thistle, Glentanar and BSFC.
Now friends Dani Kindness and Scott Ross have organised a memorial football tournament – the Chris Niven Cup – to celebrate his life.
The event will take place on August 9 at Cove Thistle’s Catto Park.
Julie, 29, said: “It will be a fantastic day but it will be very emotional for me.
“I want to encourage all family and friends to come to the event which will be a great day.”
It is hoped hundreds of pounds can be raised for the Willow Foundation, a charity which aims to give psychological and emotional support to seriously ill 16- to 40-year-olds through special day experiences.
Dani said everyone wanted to organise the tournament because it was something Chris requested before his death. “Chris mentioned he always wanted to put on a competition like this before he died.
“Now I think he would be really chuffed it’s being done.”