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Life of devoted dad Jamie McCann to be remembered at Cromer football match

PUBLISHED: 23:07 20 October 2017 | UPDATED: 23:07 20 October 2017

Jamie McCann. Picture: SUBMITTED

Jamie McCann. Picture: SUBMITTED

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A football match will be held this weekend in memory of one of Cromer’s best-loved residents.

Jamie McCann pictured a few years ago in a Liverpool FC shirt. Picture: SUBMITTEDJamie McCann pictured a few years ago in a Liverpool FC shirt. Picture: SUBMITTED

Father-of-two Jamie McCann’s body was found in Thetford Forest in August last year.

Following his death, grieving friends of the avid football fan promised to organise a memorial football match, which has since become an annual event.

Teams this year will be playing at the Cabbell Park football ground on Sunday, October 22.

Kick-off for the match is at 1pm.

Spectators at the match in memory of football fan Jamie McCann at Cromer Football Club last year. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSpectators at the match in memory of football fan Jamie McCann at Cromer Football Club last year. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Last year’s match was held on October 23, a date which would have seen Mr McCann turn 43.

The game between Cromer Town FC and a local all-stars team raised £1,500 for mental health charity Mind.

At the match last year, Mr McCann’s brother Gavin said: “If Jamie was looking down he would be laughing at us all, but also proud that so many people turned out.”

Mr McCann himself played at all levels of Cromer Youth FC, as well as playing men’s football with East Runton, Southrepps, Gimingham and Cromer Town FC.

Action from the 2016 match in memory of football fan Jamie McCann, with Cromer Town (yellow) against Cromer All Stars. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYAction from the 2016 match in memory of football fan Jamie McCann, with Cromer Town (yellow) against Cromer All Stars. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The highlight of his playing years was when he took part in the match when Cromer Town reached the County Cup final at Carrow Road.

Mr McCann, of Tucker Street, grew up in Cromer and attended the infants, junior and high schools in the town.

The 42-year-old was described by friend John Davies as: “Quiet, kind-natured and the most loving and devoted dad. He loved spending time with his daughters Lily and Poppy.

“He had a good sense of humour and was very funny – he always made you smile.”

Mr McCann was buried on September 15, 2016, with a Liverpool FC shirt signed by many of his friends.

“You couldn’t tell him anything about Liverpool that he didn’t already know,” said his father.

Jamie was the youngest of Ann and Ray McCann’s three children and had a sister and brother, Sharon and Gavin.

His mother Mrs McCann said after his death: “We never realised how much people thought of him.”

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