Memorial football game for Doncaster crash teens

NDFP Charity Football Match in aid of Conisbrough Crash Victims
NDFP Charity Football Match in aid of Conisbrough Crash Victims

Hundreds of people attended a memorial football match yesterday to commemorate the lives of five Doncaster teenagers who died in a car crash.

Family and friends of Arpad Kore and Bartosz Bortniczak, both 18, and 16-year olds Blake Cairns, Jordanna Goodwin and Megan Storey attended to raise money for a memorial in the teenagers names.

The Steff’s 11 vs Blake’s 11 match took place at Armthorpe Welfare yesterday from midday.

The event has been organised by Armthorpe/Wheatley Academy football team coach, Hugh Rankine, who also used to coach Blake, and also Blake’s mum, Helen Cairns.

Blake’s brothers’ Leeds United goalkeeper Alex Cairns, 21, and Steffan Cairns, 23, played in the match.

They played alongside a number of Rovers legends, including Colin Douglas,

The players all wore t-shirts printed with the pictures of the teens on the front with the words “playing in loving memory of Blake, Megan, Jordanna, Bartek and Arpad in honour, love and respect. Never forgotten. RIP.”

Five gold stars were also printed on the back of the t-shirt.

Mr Rankine said he decided to organise the memorial match because the teenagers deaths had been such a big loss to Doncaster, and he wanted to do ‘something positive’ to remember their lives.

The 49-year-old added: “I’m hoping to raise enough money to put a memorial marble bench on Town Fields and hopefully at Danum Academy for them.”

There were five bouquets of flowers on the pitch, each with five white balloons attached.

Before the match began, family members took it in turns to cut the ribbons free, and they were then presented with the bouquets by players.

A two minute clap also took place before kick-off.

There was a ladies penalty shootout and a raffle, with prizes including two sets of tickets to see One Direction on tour that have been donated by the family of Doncaster-born band member, Louis Tomlinson.

The teenagers were travelling in a blue Toyota Corrolla when it was involved in a collision with a grey Seat Leon.

Officers believe a third vehicle, a black Vauxhall Corsa, may also have been involved in the collision, which occurred at approximately 9.40pm on Saturday, November 15.

A 21-year-old Doncaster man, who police believe was driving the Corsa, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

The man driving the Seat suffered a broken leg.

Officers continue to appeal for witnesses or anyone with information to call 101 quoting incident 1,123 of November 15, 2014. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.