Memorial match for former Linnet Hayes

Football - Diss v Downham Adie Hayes(10) scores Diss' second goal in a penalty.

Football - Diss v Downham Adie Hayes(10) scores Diss' second goal in a penalty.

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A charity football match is being held at The Walks this weekend, in memory of former King’s Lynn and Fakenham player Adie Hayes who died in August at the tender age of 36 after losing his battle against a brain tumour.

Adie, who was born in Norwich, came through the ranks at Cambridge United before making his debut under Tommy Taylor – who also went on to manage the Linnets – in 1996.

He went on to make 27 appearances before being released by United in 1998, when he joined Kettering.

Hayes went on to join Diss, Boston United and the Linnets before joining Cambridge City for a four-figure fee in 2002.

The match is taking place this Sunday, with The Walks gates opening at 10am for an 11am kick-off.

Current King’s Lynn Town manager Gary Setchell is making an appearance alongside former Norwich City and Linnets players Cedric Anselin and Tony Spearing.

Also involved is Dereham Town chairman Simon Barnes, as well as a host of former Lynn players, including: Paul Raynor, Dave Robinson, Lee Stevenson, Simon Bush, Chuck Martini, Jamie Clark, Matty Wright.

The match has been organised by Fakenham Town manager Wayne Anderson, who was a close friend of Adie, and will raise money to go towards a holiday of a lifetime for Adie’s wife and children.

And Anderson is urging people to come along and show their support.

He said: “There are going to be a lot of people there how knew Adie and a lot of people wanting to pay their respects and try to help raise money for his family.

“It would be really nice to get a good turnout as we also have a collection for Brain Tumour Research, and are raising money for two excellent causes, and remembering Adie who has taken from us so tragically.”

Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £1 for children.