Tragic solicitor remembered as anniversary of murder approaches

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Friends and family will mark the first anniversary of a solicitor’s tragic murder with a memorial football match.

Popular lawyer and football fan David Edwards, 51, was stabbed to death at his home in Parkers Wood Close, Chorley, last August by his new bride Sharon Edwards, 42, who is serving life for his murder.

He was later found to have suffered more than 60 injuries.

The case triggered awareness about the plight of male victims of domestic violence, and a wave of calls to abuse charities.

Dave’s friends from Chorley FC have formed a team called Chorley Edwards FC and will play against the Gillibrand Saints on Sunday to raise funds for the Mankind charity.

Its chairman Mark Brooks, said: “Since the resulting publicity, we have seen an increase in the number of men from Lancashire calling our helpline seeking information on how they can get out of an abusive relationship. We have also seen an increase in mothers and sisters who want information they can pass to their son or brother.

“If you are a victim, please call us or the police. You will be believed and there are people who will help.”

There is still a big discrepancy in the number of calls made by men compared to women - in January and February, 879 Lancashire men reported they had been victims compared to 3,089 women.

Gary Fisher, 38, one of the match organisers, said: “ Dave and I were like father and son. He was close to my family.

“It is still very raw for everyone at the club. We loved him to bits.

“It’s positive that so much awareness has been raised since his death but more needs to be done.”

Chorley FC fan Matt Bagot will be auctioning some of Dave’s sports shirts to raise funds.

The match, at Coppull United FC, will kick off at 3pm.