Lucky 7s run out 6-4 winners in annual Paz charity match in memory of Louth lad Liam Parrish

Paz Lucky 7s (left) ran out 6-4 winners over Team Paz in the charity football match at Legbourne Fields.
Paz Lucky 7s (left) ran out 6-4 winners over Team Paz in the charity football match at Legbourne Fields.

A fifth annual charity football match has fondly remembered a much-loved Louth man who died in a motorcycle crash in 2008.

The ‘Paz’ charity match was held at Legbourne Fields on Saturday in memory of Liam Parrish, who died in a crash on the Alpine corner on the Isle of Man aged just 23.

Liam was on the island for the annual TT races, but sadly four visitors lost their lives in separate accidents during the 2008 races.

The game between Team Paz and Paz Lucky 7s saw the Lucky 7s run out 6-4 winners in a topsy turvy clash between Liam’s family and friends.

Craig Parrish, who organises the match each year, said his brother Liam would be proud to see the game played in his memory.

Since Liam’s death during a trip to watch the Isle of Man TT motorcycle racing, Craig has organised the match to give Liam’s friends and family a chance to get together but also to raise money for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

Despite their side’s defeat, Team Paz’s William Belton was named as man of the match after Saturday’s game.

“It was a very good game, very close,” said Craig.

“It was more evenly matched this year as last year it was very one-sided with the Lucky 7s beating us 11-4.

“So far this year we’ve raised around £135. We tried to keep it more low key this year as in the past we’ve always had awful weather when we’ve played, this year we had sunshine!

“But we all went out after for a few drinks in Louth and it was a brilliant day.

“I’ll try and keep the annual match going as long as I can, it’s a great way for us to get together and remember Liam as some of us don’t see eachother apart from this match.”

Since the first match in 2009 the Paz matches have raised over £7,000 for the air ambulance.

Fundraisers have included the charity matches, tug of war contests, skydives and scooter rallies.

“We wanted to support the air ambulance because they helped Liam when he had his crash, although it obviously wasn’t the Lincolnshire ambulance,” Craig said.

“They are so quick at getting to the scenes of accidents and they rely on donations to keep going.”

Team Paz last won the annual charity fixture in 2011 after a dramatic penalty win after extra time had seen the sides finish level.

A DVD of the 2012 clash is still available to buy from the organisers by visiting the Facebook page ‘The PAZ Charity Match In Memory Of Liam Parrish’.