PLAYERS will be taking to the pitch on Friday to remember a friend who lost his life in a car crash and help to support the young children he left behind.
Carl Parsons died almost exactly two years ago at the age of 25 and his friends have organised the second memorial football match in his memory.
All proceeds from the match, as well as subs collected over the year from the team set up in Carl’s name, will go to his children Kian (4) and Aimee-Louise (2).
The money will be put into separate accounts and will help mum Louise with the costs of bringing the children up alone, particularly as they get older and start school.
The newly-formed CP8 team – named after Carl and the number he used to play football in – will be playing a team of Carl’s friends, hand-picked by his former manager Martin Pettit.
They will face each other under the lights at the Wisbech Town football ground, off Lynn Road, loaned to them for the night by the club.
Carl’s dad John Parsons, who is director of the CP8s, said: “The youth of today get a lot of stick and don’t get a very good write-up. But to get a group of lads come up with this is amazing. It’s all been them.”
He thanked Wisbech Town for their support and said they have been “brilliant”. They have also allowed the team to use the reserve pitch for their home games in the Sunday King’s Lynn league.
The memorial match will be the first time the players will don their new CP8 kit, making it a fitting tribute to Carl before they play their first league match at the weekend.
The match kicks off at 7.30pm. Tickets are £2 each, with all the money going to Kian and Aimee-Louise.