Well-loved sporting figures Colin Blades and Kerry Coggle remembered by memorial football day at Louth Town

The Tom Coggle XI who beat an over 35s Colin Blades XI. BELOW: The Louth Town 1st team who saw off an East Lincolnshire Combination XI.
The Tom Coggle XI who beat an over 35s Colin Blades XI. BELOW: The Louth Town 1st team who saw off an East Lincolnshire Combination XI.

Hundreds of pounds were raised for charity at a memorial day at Louth Town on Saturday in memory of two well-loved football figures.

Colin Blades and Kerry Coggle were remembered at Park Avenue on Saturday when Louth Town defeated an East Lincolnshire Combination XI and a side put together by Kerry’s son Tom Coggle saw off an over 35s Colin Blades XI.

The Louth Town 1st team who beat an East Lincolnshire Combination XI and below: The Tom Coggle XI who beat an over 35s Colin Blades XI.

The Louth Town 1st team who beat an East Lincolnshire Combination XI and below: The Tom Coggle XI who beat an over 35s Colin Blades XI.

Under intense heat supporters were entertained with two exciting contests, with two late goals giving Louth Town a dramatic 2-1 victory in the day’s opening game and Tom Coggle’s XI winning the second game on penalties.

The day’s opening clash was the ninth annual Colin Blades match, played in memory of Colin Blades who was killed in a work place accident in 2004.

The Colin Blades fund has raised over £30,000 to help local people and sports at grass roots level within the area.

Louth Town found themselves just minutes from defeat after Greg Andrews’ opener, but a late Nick Manders equaliser and a penalty from Mike Armstrong sealed the win for the home side.

Manager Daryl Clare said afterwards: “It was a good workout for the players in scorching conditions.

“We were a couple of yards off the pace and were perhaps lucky to win, but we always seem to find a way.

“They are a very useful side and it was a good test.

“It is all about match fitness at present and considering it was only the second game of our pre-season I’m reasonably pleased.”

A fantastic £585 was raised for the Colin Blades charity and the club thanks everybody who helped, played and donated prizes for the raffle.

The day’s second game was held in memory of Louth Town founder Kerry Coggle who died in March this year.

The game was a dramatic one, finishing 3-3 with some fantastic end to end football.

It took penalties to decide the winner, with Tom Coggle’s XI holding their nerve to take the victory.

Louth Town’s pre-season continues on Wednesday night at home to Sleaford Town (7.45pm).