Kind-hearted friends have surpassed a fund-raising target set up in memory of a tragic Sunderland grandad who was killed in a traffic smash.
Arthur Eade, 68, died on Saturday as he was walking to watch his team Manchester United play Sunderland at Old Trafford.
I would like to take this opportunity to reach out to the great SAFC fans, and the footballing world as a whole, to seek support in funding a floral tribute for Arthur.Liam Waters
The collision took place on Europa Way, near the stadium, at 11.30am.
Army veteran and recently retired HGV driver Mr Eade, who was with his son and grandson at the time of the incident, was taken to hospital with serious head injuries but later died.
Now, a Go Fund Me page has been created to raise money for a floral tribute in memory of Mr Eade, who lived in Sunderland.
The page, set up by Liam Waters, the manager of Mr Eade’s grandson’s junior football team Plains Farm under 16s, has surpassed its target of £50 and currently stands at £60.
The person who created the page wrote: “Arthur was one of the my players’ grandfather. He was a devoted follower of football at all levels, an ever present at our training sessions and games, even when his grandson was not in attendance.
“He was the nicest of guys, greatly liked and respected by everyone.
“I would like to take this opportunity to reach out to the great SAFC fans, and the footballing world as a whole, to seek support in funding a floral tribute for Arthur.”
The manager added that last weekend’s junior game was cancelled as a mark of respect to Mr Eade and that the club will be holding a one-minute silence in his memory before the start of their next home game.
On Sunday evening, Sunderland AFC tweeted a tribute, saying: “Our sincere condolences to family + friends of Arthur Eade, from Sunderland, who was killed yesterday on his way to @ManUtd v #SAFC. RIP.”
The Echo’s Facebook page has been inundated with heartfelt tributes to Mr Eade.
Nicola Clark wrote: “So sad, thinking of all his family and friends xxx.”
Dean Howe put: “Awful! Thoughts go to his family and friends. Stay strong!”
And Kirsty Mclean wrote: “Our sincere thoughts with his wife, son and family - a smiley happy neighbour will be sadly missed.”
Greater Manchester Police said the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash which resulted in Mr Eade’s death, a Nissan Qashqai, stopped at the scene and is helping with inquiries.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Greater Manchester Police on 0161 8564741.
Those wanting to donate to the fund should go to www.gofundme.com/84526pq3.