Family pay tribute to Islington footballer with special match

Danny Payne memorial match

Danny Payne memorial match - Credit: Archant

Family and friends of tragic Islington footballer Danny Payne have come together to remember his life with a special charity match.

Danny Payne, who grew up in Bewdley Street and played for a number of teams including Chapel Market Boys and Islington Kings, tragically died three years ago from lung cancer.

On Saturday September 21 dozens of his loved ones came together for a match at Market Road between two teams – Team Payne and Danny’s Boys – both named in his honour.

Before the match kicked off Danny, who was just 38 when he passed away, was remembered with a one minute silence.

The family also released two white doves and 41 red and white balloons in recognition of what would have been his 41st birthday.

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Team Payne were the winners at full time having beaten their opponents 7-4.

Jaime Payne, Danny’s sister, said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to Joanne Thripp who helped to plan the entire day along and all the players and helpers.

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“It was a really lovely turn out for Danny and quite emotional too, He would have been so proud of this day and we miss him so very much.”

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