Football cup tribute to player who died aged 18

He died playing the game he loved.

Now a charity football cup final is to be played in memory of Edward Reading in a bid to raise hundreds of pounds for youngsters with rare heart problems like his.

Keen footballer Edward died aged 19 from sudden death syndrome in 2007 while playing a match with his friends at a the Mountbatten Centre, Stamshaw.

Following the tragic loss his brother Sean launched a six-a-side league and cup competition to raise cash for national charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

After battling through the group and knock-out stages, four teams will take to the pitch on Thursday night at City of Portsmouth Girl's School to compete for the CRY Cup trophy.

But the real winners will be the charity, which is due to receive a donation of hundreds of pounds collected from match fees contributed by the players during the season.

Sean, 25, of Panton Close, Emsworth, said League Edstreme – named after his brother – started in January last year 'as a bit of a glorified kick-around'.

But it son became popular with players around Portsmouth. Now the FA-affiliated league boasts more than 120 members, playing for 16 teams in two divisions.

Sean said: "Edward died so young and so suddenly, it was totally unexpected.

"He had a massive group of friends.

"It just seemed like a good idea to use the cup as a way of raising money for a charity which can help people suffering from conditions like his.'

The league has raised £1,100 in the last three months alone.

Sean said: 'League Edstr4eme was set up with friends so that Edward's memory will go on. It's not a business. All the money that is collected for league games goes towards the running of the league.

'The cup will be a great way to end our season and also let people know about the condition and Cardiac Risk in the young.'

The CRY Cup winners will be presented with the trophy at the league's awards night at Quayside, Port Solent on Saturday, February 13.

The league plays matches every Thursday evening at City of Portsmouth Girl's School, St Mary's Road, Fratton.

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