Rovers legends to play in memorial match for Conisbrough crash victims today

Top row (L-R) Arpad Kore, Bartosz Bortniczak and Blake Cairns. Bottom row (L-R) Jordanna Goodwin and Megan Storey.
Top row (L-R) Arpad Kore, Bartosz Bortniczak and Blake Cairns. Bottom row (L-R) Jordanna Goodwin and Megan Storey.

A number of Rovers legends, including Colin Douglas, are set play in a memorial football match today to commemorate the lives of five Doncaster teenagers who died following a horrific car crash.

The Steff’s 11 vs Blake’s 11 match will take place at Armthorpe Welfare today (Sunday, December 21) from midday.

Money raised today will go towards a memorial for Arpad Kore and Bartosz Bortniczak, both 18, and 16-year-olds Blake Cairns, Jordanna Goodwin and Megan Storey who lost their lives as a result of a two-car collision in Sheffield Road, Conisbrough on November 15.

Rovers player scheduled to take part in the memorial match are Ian Snodin, Glynn Snodin, Mark Rankine and Colin Douglas.

Grimsby Town player, Darren Mansaram, and Blake’s brother and Leeds United goalkeeper, Alex Cairns, are also set to play.

The event has been organised by Armthorpe/Wheatley Academy football team coach, Hugh Rankine, who also used to coach Blake.

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 48-year-old added: “I think everyone should try and show support and remember them in a nice way.

“What’s happened has really affected me, and pretty much everyone on my team.

“I’m hoping to raise enough money to put a memorial marble bench on Town Fields and hopefully at Danum Academy for them.”

There will also be a fundraising raffle on the day with prizes including two sets of tickets to see One Direction on their upcoming tour that have been donated by the family of Doncaster-born band member, Louis Tomlinson.

A ladies penalty shootout will also take place at the event.

Tickets cost £5 for adults, and £3 for children and there will also be a free buffet at the Wheatsheaf after the match.

For tickets or for more information, please contact Hugh on 07834 738400.

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.