Memorial match for North-east dad who died on holiday

John Todd, who died of a brain haemorrhage while on holiday in Dubai in 2009, with his wife Brenda.
John Todd, who died of a brain haemorrhage while on holiday in Dubai in 2009, with his wife Brenda.

Friends and former footballers who played with a dad who died while on holiday are to come together in memory of him.

Amateur football stalwart John Todd died of a brain haemorrhage, aged 46, while on holiday in Dubai in January 2009.

John played in the North-east leagues with Hilton FC for many years before playing for and managing the now-defunct Sunnybank Amateurs.

A memorial match between the two former teams has been organised as part of a day of events in honour of the dad-of-three.

Former players who represented the clubs, as well as friends and family, have been asked to play on the day, which will also involve a night out in his memory.

The event will take place next Sunday at East End’s New Advocates Park at 1.30pm.

John’s youngest son Liam today said he was delighted with the response.

He said: “This is all of the guys he played with who are getting on a bit now.

“We have filled both teams and we probably have too many people, and we don’t have a strip for everybody.

“A few of the boys who played with him got in touch with me.

“They got in touch only four weeks ago and in that time they have managed to pull everyone together which is great.”

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