Teams turn out for Cogley Cup

Team AFC Chog Rock, made up of Matthew's band Failsafe and his brother Martin. Picture: Josh Vosper
Team AFC Chog Rock, made up of Matthew's band Failsafe and his brother Martin. Picture: Josh Vosper
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Ten teams were going for goal as they took part in the first Cogley Cup five-a-side football tournament.

Cheered on by 100 spectators, the players took to the pitch on Saturday at Chorley Soccer And Futsal, based at Southlands High School.

“The tournament was a great success and a real tribute to Matt who was a sporting enthusiast as well as a talented musician.”

Martin Cogley

The tournament was organised in memory of musician Matthew Cogley, from Anderton, who died suddenly on New Year’s Day at the age of 30.

The Failsafe singer and guitarist enjoyed playing football and won a similar tournament last year, so friend James Winnard, owner of Chorley Soccer And Futsal, decided to organise the Cogley Cup.

Matthew’s brother Martin played in the competition with the remaining members of Failsafe, but they failed to progress from the group stage.

The winning team was made up of players linked to Stephen Morgan Electrical Ltd, who beat IML CF 4-0 in the final.

The tournament raised more than £400 for charity CALM and is set to become an annual event, with next year’s competition being held in the first week of July.

Martin said: “The tournament was a great success and a real tribute to Matt who was a sporting enthusiast as well as a talented musician.

“It was fantastic to see so many people taking part who personally knew Matthew and we managed to raise plenty of money for a very worthwhile charity too.

“We are already looking forward to running the event next year and hope it to be even bigger and better.”