ALMOST £2,500 was raised for charity by Tenbury United’s tribute match to former player Nigel Weaver.

Nigel, who played for United both as a junior and adult, died of a heart attack in March 2018, aged 47, having also been battling cancer of the tonsils.

Two sides – one in claret and one in blue to reflect Nigel’s love for his favourite club Aston Villa – featuring his friends, family and former teammates played for the Tenbury United Memorial Shield.

Nigel’s dad, and ex-club chairman, Dave ‘Magic’ Weaver, kicked off and just as fittingly, the opening goal was also a family affair.

It was scored by Nigel’s stepson, James Pinches, having been set up by a brilliant cross from Harrison Dolby, Nigel’s nephew.

The match, watched by more than 300 people, ended in a 6-5 victory for Michael Clent’s claret team.

Stuart Skidmore, one of the organisers, said: “There are too many people to thank individually but a massive thank you can be said to all who were involved in whatever capacity.

“They helped us raise a grand total of £2,450 to be split between the British Heart Foundation and THANC (a local cancer charity). It truly was amazing to see all those people there supporting.”