Islington man wins charity trophy in memory of his dad

Pic by Avril Husband / Griffiths Photographers

Pic by Avril Husband / Griffiths Photographers - Credit: Avril Husband/Griffiths Photogra

Islington player Mitchell White emerged triumphant from a field of 64 to win an inaugural charity tournament – held in memory of his father.

Friends and relatives of Grant White, a keen pool player and diehard Arsenal fan, organised the competition in his honour after his passing last year at the age of just 55.

Staged at Kennedy’s, Caledonian Road, where Grant used to play, the Y-Tee Trophy was contested by 64 players – the vast majority of them from Islington – over a five-week period.

And it was his eldest son who claimed the inaugural trophy, defeating Gerard Heelan in the final, while younger brother Jack reached the quarter-finals.

The brothers, along with Grant’s friend Tom Foran, were instrumental in organising the tournament, which raised more than £1,500 towards the ‘Justice for the 96’ campaign for the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

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A spokesman for the tournament organisers explained: “Grant felt very strongly about the way working-class football fans were treated that day – it stayed with him all his life.

“He always said it could have happened to any of us who were going to football at that time. It seemed quite apt to do this when the campaign’s coming to a head.

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“The tournament was a tremendous tribute to Grant – the camaraderie was fantastic and we comfortably exceeded the amount we were aiming to raise.”

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