Teams come together to remember tragic Mel

Tribute: Players from Melissa's team, Cadley FC, and players from Euxton girls have a team photo with a difference to celebrate her life

Tribute: Players from Melissa's team, Cadley FC, and players from Euxton girls have a team photo with a difference to celebrate her life

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Seven weeks since the death of 15-year-old Melissa Smith, her team mates and those from the team they were playing when she collapsed on the pitch, came together to honour her.

Players from Cadley FC and their opponents on October 19, Euxton Girls, took part in a team photo with a difference to both celebrate Melissa’s life and as part of an initiative to honour the way the British and German forces came together in ‘no-man’s land’ on Christmas Day in 1914.

Melissa Smith, 15,  from Penwortham, died while playing football for Cadley FC

Melissa Smith, 15, from Penwortham, died while playing football for Cadley FC

Euxton U16s coach Mick Walsh said the two teams shared an “unbreakable bond” following Melissa’s death.

He said: “It was a chance to celebrate Melissa’s life.

“We’ll never ever forget what happened in October but Sunday was also a chance to celebrate her life.”

The Penwortham Girls’ High School pupil collapsed during the U16s game at Greenside, Euxton, and despite the use of a defibrillator at the scene was pronounced dead at Royal Preston Hospital.

A spokesman from Cadley FC said: “We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who has contacted us since Melissa’s death to express their condolences.

“It was overwhelming to see so many people honouring her memory by holding a minutes silence or applause during various matches across the county and country following her death.

“It is still very early days but we will be looking at how we can pay a lasting tribute to a girl who gave so much to her family, friends, team mates and coaches.

They added: “Melissa will be greatly missed by us all.”

Mick said: “We lost 5-3 on Sunday but I think sport was the winner and the bond that now exists between both clubs in unbreakable.”

Euxton Girls were awarded the Spirit of Sport Award at the Chorley Council Sports and was presented by Cadley players.