Teams to turn out for tragic teen

TOURNAMENT TRIBUTE ... parents Trevor and Maria Burden with a photo of their son, Jason, who died in 2011.
TOURNAMENT TRIBUTE ... parents Trevor and Maria Burden with a photo of their son, Jason, who died in 2011.
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HUNDREDS of people are set to pay tribute to a teenager from South Tyneside who died in a work accident.

The third annual football tournament in memory of Jason Burden will take place on Saturday at Filtrona Park, Bede Industrial Estate, South Shields.

Jason, of Fox Street, South Shields, died at work at Tyne Slipway and Engineering company, at South Docks, Sunderland, when a tunnel thruster from a ship fell off a work bench and crushed him on December 8, 2011.

The 19-year-old was a keen footballer, and since his death, parents Trevor and Maria Burden have organised a football tournament in his memory to raise funds for the Great North Air Ambulance, which flew Jason to the RVI Hospital, Newcastle, after his accident.

Mr Burden, who is also father to Rachel and Josh, said the tournament – held on the weekend closest to Jason’s birthday, June 26 – is one more way to keep his memory alive.

He said: “He would have been very proud of this tournament.

“It is an emotional day, but I’m very proud.”

All the teams which Jason played for will be taking part in the day.

Mr Burden will play in goal – Jason’s former position – for Simonside FC, who will take on a team from Asda South Shields.

The Boldon Thunder Cats, who Mr Burden now manages and Josh plays for, will play Boldon Colts for the junior trophy.

The Jest FC will also take on Shaun Matthias FC for the senior trophy.

The event, which will also have raffles, cake stalls and a DJ and disco on the evening, is the first since the inquest into Jason’s death last month.

Assistant coroner Andrew Hetherington ruled his death was accidental.

Mr Burden said: “All of his friends and family are welcome, as it’s another way to pay tribute to him.

“The lads who used to play with Jason travel from all over the country to take part in the day.

“It is emotional but it brings all of the teams he played for together.”

Entry into the event is £2 per adult and £1 per child.

Kick off is at 3pm.

Twitter: @Monica_Turnbull