Tribute match for football fan Eamonn

Eamonn Kilbride with his wife Julie (s)
Eamonn Kilbride with his wife Julie (s)

A loving husband, dad and keen football supporter who died just days before Christmas last year will be remembered at a charity match this weekend.

Burnley man Mr Eamonn Kilbride (46), of Padiham Road, collapsed and died at his works Christmas party in December, leaving his wife Julie and three children devastated.

His family have organised the football match at Accrington Stanley’s Crown Ground on Sunday. The game, which will raise money for the British Heart Foundation, will see Mr Kilbride’s former team, Burnley Boys’ Club Old Boys take on the Vintage Clarets. Gates open at noon, with tickets available to buy on the door, and there will be a mini-tournament, involving under-9s teams, from 1pm.

Mr Kilbride was an avid Liverpool fan and used to manage his own team. His family is hoping as many people as possible turn out to show their support.

In another tragic blow for the family, Mr Kilbride’s mother-in-law Margaret Edwards also recently died and Julie said her mum was looking forward to the match.

“I think if my husband was standing on the sidelines he’d be saying a big thank you to everybody, he’d be in awe of all this.

“Eamonn was my soul mate and knowing him he would be standing on the sidelines giving them what for.

“He was so passionate about football, he would be so proud. My mum and Eamonn adored each other and she was so looking forward to the match.”

Mr Kilbride’s daughter Laurajade added: “He’d think the match was fantastic, he loved his football, especially when he managed a team. The match will pay tribute to my dad because he did a lot of charity work for the British Heart Foundation when he was alive.”