Foot­ball match to re­mem­ber Richard

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

FRIENDS of a city teenager Richard Shaw who died last year came to­gether to play foot­ball in his mem­ory.

Richard Shaw (14) fell ill at his home in March 2011 af­ter play­ing foot­ball for Gun­thorpe Sky Un­der 14s. He was taken to hospi­tal in London but died a few days later.

The sec­ond an­nual Richard Shaw Me­mo­rial Match took place at Stan­ground Academy, in Peter­bor­ough Road, Stan­ground, Peter­bor­ough, yes­ter­day evening.

It saw his friends, who are now in­year 10 at Stan­ground Academy, play against Gun­thorpe.

Teacher Paul Ri­p­ley, who taught Richard mu­sic, helped to or­gan­ise the match which was also rais­ing money for two char­i­ties in­clud­ing the Evelina Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal in London where Richard re­ceived treat­ment.

He said: “The match is be­tween Gun­thorpe and Stan­ground Academy. Richard Shaw passed away last March. He had a heart-re­lated com­plaint af­ter play­ing a foot­ball match and col­lapsed and died a few days later.

“We are play­ing in mem­ory of him be­cause he went to the col­lege and Gun­thorpe was his team.

“I was Richard’s mu­sic teacher. He was good at mu­sic and he was a mas­sive Michael Jack­son fan so I have got a vested in­ter­est in the match.”

Last year’s match took place in June in front of around 200 spec­ta­tors and Stan­ground won 8 – 3.

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