A memorial game for Jack

MATLOCK Town’s Reynolds Stadium will be the setting on Tuesday, April 10, (7.45pm kick off) for a fundraising game in memory of a talented young Matlock under 19s player who died in a car accident four years ago.

The Matlock Memorial Shield will see Matlock Town under 19s play against Buxton under 19s in memory of Jack O’Dare.

Jack played for the under 19s for two seasons and was felt to be a great prospect. He had been noticed by Matlock’s first team managers at the time Gareth Williams and Phil Brown but tragically died in a car accident at the age of 17 in August 2008, hours after he had been training with the under 19s.

Andy Baker, from Matlock under 19s, explained: “Jack was a real character, a popular lad and a very good footballer.

“He used to play for West Bridgford on Saturdays and we’ve had a few games against them, but this is the first one against Buxton.

“The North Midlands Under 19s league, sponsored by Baris, has donated £50 towards the medals for the game and any funds raised above expenses will be used to renovate a bench in memory of Jack and his dad Paul, on Cavendish Fields.

“It is hoped to run a raffle and if anyone would like to donate any prizes or would be willing to donate a cash donation, please contact me on 07979 265956. Jack’s mum and his sister cannot be at the game but wish to pass on their thanks.

“Jack is still sadly missed so we hope as many people as possible will be able to turn up and we are also hopeful Matlock manager Mark Atkins will come and presents medals and the cup.”