Friends’ sporting tribute to popular Dan

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colleagues and team mates of a Tesco worker who died last year raised cash in his memory on Sunday as they played charity football match.

Danny Poole, 23, was found dead in Cossall woods last November.

After his death hundreds of tributes were left on his Facebook page and mourners packed out his funeral.

As a tribute, friends decided to play a football match against each other and battle it out for the Danny Poole Memorial Trophy at The Ashes.

The game was played between Danny’s colleagues who formed a Tesco 11 and Danny’s team, the Ilkeston Amateurs.

The Amateurs won the game 7-6 after snatching a late winner.

Mark Haynes, who worked with Danny and supplied the trophy, said: “Danny was a great mate and just a really genuine good hearted guy.

“He was one of those people that would put a smile on your face even if you were having an awful day.

“He’s very sadly missed and we wanted to do something special in his memory.

“It was a great day and a fitting tribute to a fantastic man.”

About 40 people watched the game and £117 was raised which will be donated to Stanton Vale Special School.

Both teams have said they will play again next year with the hope that the match will become an annual fundraising event.

Ilkeston Amateurs manger and close friend of Danny, Daniel Troop, said: “Today was excellent with a great turn out to support a dearly loved man.

“Both teams had incredible passion and will to win the game.

“After a seven game unbeaten pre season run today really topped things off.

“It meant a lot for the players just to play in this match let alone win it.

“Our captain made it clear at half time when he said ‘Come on lads, let’s win this today, it means something’ and that set the tone for us.

“We’ll look forward to regaining the trophy next year.”

Ilkeston Tesco’s player manager, Tom Walker, said: “It was a great day. Great weather, great turn out and obviously all for a great guy.

“Both teams battled incredibly hard.

“I’m really proud of everyone who turned out for Tesco Ilkeston we had a shaky start but put in a good performance.

“Overall we raised £117 for the Stanton Vale School which was a cause close to Danny’s heart.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone inolved in organising the event and we look forward to bringing the trophy back to Ilkeston Tesco next year.”