Horden shooting victims to be remembered through football fundraiser

Susan McGoldrick, 47, and her sister, Alison Turnbull, 44, were two of the shooting victims,
Susan McGoldrick, 47, and her sister, Alison Turnbull, 44, were two of the shooting victims,

The legacy created in memory of three women shot dead is to be continued with the launch of a sports team who will turn out in their name.

Susan McGoldrick, 47, her sister Alison Turnbull, 44, and their niece Tanya Turnbull, 24, were killed by Susan’s partner Michael Atherton, 42, on New Year’s Day in 2012, at the home the couple shared in Greenside Avenue, Horden.

Tanya Turnbull, 24, was the third victim of the shooting tragedy.

Tanya Turnbull, 24, was the third victim of the shooting tragedy.

The incident also left Susan’s daughter Laura McGoldrick, then 19, injured.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, Alison’s son and Tanya’s brother Bobby, now 29, has campaigned for a change in gun laws and has supported domestic violence charities, including Victim Support - Homicide.

The annual football match held for the Alison, Tanya and Susan Memorial Cup will be held on Saturday, with four teams to battle it out as they bid for victory.

But Bobby has decided that fund this year will go to support a local side to help his loved ones’ names live on.

People who knew the girls would know they would want to help.

Bobby Turnbull

The steelworker, who lives in High Heselden, said: “We’ve been holding the memorial cup for the last five years and we’ve raised money for domestic violence charities, but this year I decided to do something a bit different.

“I wanted to come up with a new way to keep their memories going, so money raised will go to help a football team.

“I’m not sure which team will benefit yet, but we’re looking at coming up with a logo.

“There are some which have been going for a lot of years, but quite a few have folded lately and it’s been suggested funds have been a problem.

Bobby Turnbull is the organiser of the annual charity football match held in memory of the three women killed in the Horden shootings.

Bobby Turnbull is the organiser of the annual charity football match held in memory of the three women killed in the Horden shootings.

“People who knew the girls would know they would want to help.”

Saturday’s game will see Trimdon, led by Lewis Gunn, Shotton Colliery, managed by Lee Beeston, Jordan Brown’s Wingate and an over 40s side run by Brian Coulson compete.

The event starts at 10am at Wingate Welfare Park followed by a gathering at Wingate Railway Crossing.