Football match remembers Cromer dad Jamie in fitting style

Spectators at the match in memory of football fan Jamie McCann at Cromer Football Club. Picture: DEN

Spectators at the match in memory of football fan Jamie McCann at Cromer Football Club. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A large crowd cheered on a charity football match in memory of a devoted dad.

Action from the match in memory of football fan Jamie McCann, with Cromer Town (yellow) against Crom

Action from the match in memory of football fan Jamie McCann, with Cromer Town (yellow) against Cromer All Stars. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Friends and family gathered for the game at Cromer Football Club to pay tribute to Jamie McCann on what would have been his 43rd birthday.

The father of two was found dead at Thetford Forest last month after suffering from depression.

A keen footballer and passionate Liverpool fan, the highlight of Mr McCann's playing career came when Cromer Town reached the County Cup final at Carrow Road.

His former teammates came together again for the match, which raised more than £1,500 for mental health charity Mind.

Jamie McCann pictured a few years ago in a Liverpool FC shirt. Picture: SUBMITTED

Jamie McCann pictured a few years ago in a Liverpool FC shirt. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant


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Cromer Town ran out 7-3 winners in the game against a local all-stars team. Amongst those taking part were Mr McCann's nephews Luke and Ross.

Mr McCann grew up in Cromer, attending the infants, junior and high schools in the town.

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After leaving school he worked as a driver for a number of firms and was with North Walsham-based Drury's Transport at the time of his death.

Mum Ann said: 'We got up this morning and went up to visit Jamie and left him flowers because it is his birthday. We are very pleased by the turnout, it is a great show of support.'

Brother Gavin added: 'If Jamie was looking down he would be laughing at us all, but also proud that so many people turned out.'

The match was organised by Mr McCann's friends Chris Carey, who was manager of the Cromer team that reached the County Cup final, and Ben Haughen.

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