Tournament for Michael

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A football tournament featuring scores of players from home and abroad was held in honour of Michael Jones.

The 25-year-old football coach, from Tarleton, near Preston, was stabbed to death in New York in October last year.

The competition at the all-weather pitch in Station Road, Hesketh Bank, featured ‘Jonesy 6’s’ sides - his shirt number - made up of family and friends.

And coaches from the New York Red Bulls, for whom Michael coached, came over from the US for the event to play alongside ex-teammates from Tarleton Corinthians FC.

The tournament was followed by a trophy presentation at Mere Brow Social Club and an auction to help raise funds for Michael’s family.

It included signed football shirts and boots worn by Wayne Rooney, Alan Shearer and Gianfranco Zola and photographs of Liverpool’s fifth European Cup victory in Istanbul.

Family friend Karen Walton, 55, from Tarleton, helped organise the day.

A group of 15 girls including her daughter Claire, niece Amy Stringfellow and friend Megan Spencer dressed up as cheerleaders and performed a dance to Michael’s favourite songs.

She said: “We had special medals made for the players, with the Liver Bird on them, because Michael was a big Liverpool fan.

“We had that much stuff come in for the auction it was unbelievable.

“Michael’s family were just overwhelmed I think by the generosity.

“One of his friends had done a spray painting of Michael and that went for £800. Everybody collected and chipped in for it and they presented it to his mum and dad.

“I’m sure Jonesy would have been proud of all his friends.”