Footballers’ honour for gun killing victims

Bobby Turnbull(head bowed) shown in the line-up during the minute's silence before the start of the football matches at Welfare Park, Wingate.
Bobby Turnbull(head bowed) shown in the line-up during the minute's silence before the start of the football matches at Welfare Park, Wingate.
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FOOTBALLERS held a minute’s silence as they remembered three women shot dead by a relative.

The first matches in memory of Alison Turnbull, 44, her daughter Tanya Turnbull, 24, and Alison’s sister Susan McGoldrick, 47, saw four teams vie for the Alison, Tanya and Susan Memorial Trophy.

Alison’s son Bobby Turnbull, 24, organised the event and played, with the games and an entertainment night raising £1,500 for Victim Support.

A pair of football boots owned by Sunderland winger Adam Johnson was auctioned off as part of the fund-raising day.

The Railway Crossings side took the cup after winning against Wingate Over-40s 4-1, with Wingate Fir Tree and Blackhall Over-40s also taking part.

The women were shot dead in Horden on New Year’s Day last year by Susan’s partner, Michael Atherton, who then killed himself.