‘She would’ve been very proud’ – Tottenham Hotspur legends come to Royston to play in charity football match in memory of Nicola, 20

PUBLISHED: 18:27 18 May 2016 | UPDATED: 18:27 18 May 2016

The Tottenham Hotspur legends were in town for a charity match to raise money for the Nicola Emmerson Trust. Picture: Rebecca Iles Photography

The Tottenham Hotspur legends were in town for a charity match to raise money for the Nicola Emmerson Trust. Picture: Rebecca Iles Photography

Rebecca Iles photography

Football legends were in town at the weekend to pit their skills against the fundraising family of a young woman who died while celebrating her 20th birthday.

Nicola Emmerson's family - brother Daniel, dad Steven, mum Julie, and sister Charlotte - cheering on their team versus the Spurs Legends. Picture: Rebecca Iles PhotographyNicola Emmerson's family - brother Daniel, dad Steven, mum Julie, and sister Charlotte - cheering on their team versus the Spurs Legends. Picture: Rebecca Iles Photography

Nicola Emmerson’s daughter died in 2007, a victim of sudden cardiac death.

Mum Julie: “It was important for us to put on the event to raise vital funds for research into sudden cardiac death in a specific age group, people under 35.”

Around 1,000 people came along to the match at Royston Town’s Garden Walk ground, which saw The Nicola Emmerson Trust team, made up of friends of friends and Julie’s husband Steven’s work colleagues, beaten by the Spurs squad which included Gary Doherty, who scored a hat-trick on the day, skipper John Lacy, Micky Southam, Brian Statham, Stephen Clemence and goalkeeper Gareth Howells.

“We may have lost 7-1 at football but we were the winners on the day – I think Nicola would’ve been very proud,” Julie said.

The two teams pose for a group shot before they go up against eachother. Picture: Rebecca Iles PhotographyThe two teams pose for a group shot before they go up against eachother. Picture: Rebecca Iles Photography

“We had a brilliant time and raised £4,000 on a day that was enjoyed by all.”

There was also a bouncy castle, face painting, raffle and an auction, featuring signed pennants from both the Tottenham first team and Watford FC, a shirt signed by Jimmy Greaves, and a signed photograph of Gary Lineker.

“There was something for everyone, the weather was lovely and I couldn’t have wished for a better turn out,” said Julie.

“What has to be one of my favorite moments was when the Spurs captain John Lacy asked Jeremy Whitford, the Tottenham mascot who is the four-year-old son of my friend Laura if his favourite player was Harry Kane, and Jeremy pointed to me and said: ‘No, it’s Julie’.

Spurs legends took on team Nicola Emmerson Trust in the match at Royston Football Club. Picture: Rebecca Iles PhotographySpurs legends took on team Nicola Emmerson Trust in the match at Royston Football Club. Picture: Rebecca Iles Photography

“We cannot thank the teams, the club and all our helpers enough, without them the event would not have been able to go ahead.

“I was quite overwhelmed, it was such an emotional day and to raise that amount of money was fantastic.”

The family are now planning for their next big fundraiser, Nicola’s memorial cup golf day in September.

Go to the charity’s website thenicolaemmersontrust.co.uk to reserve tickets or to find out more.

The Nicola Emmerson Trust team lost in the match but with £4,000 raised, they said they won on the day. Royston Football Club. Picture: Rebecca Iles PhotographyThe Nicola Emmerson Trust team lost in the match but with £4,000 raised, they said they won on the day. Royston Football Club. Picture: Rebecca Iles Photography

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