Friends and family are taking to the football pitch to honour a popular Chorley musician.
Matthew Cogley, 30, who died suddenly on New Year’s Day, was best known as a guitarist and singer with band Failsafe and as a solo artist.
“I’m really happy that I am able to get involved myself and to do that with the lads from Failsafe is going to be quite emotional.”Martin Cogley
He enjoyed rugby and played five-a-side football on Tuesday nights, winning a tournament last year at Chorley Soccer And Futsal, a company offering football facilities and leagues, based at Southlands High School.
Now the Arsenal fan will be remembered with an annual tournament called the Cogley Cup.
It will take place on Saturday, September 26, and will raise money for a charity to be chosen by Matthew’s family.
His brother Martin will pull on football boots for the first time in 17 years to join members of Failsafe to form a team in the tournament.
Matthew’s football team-mates will also play.
Martin said: “I’m really happy that I am able to get involved myself and to do that with the lads from Failsafe is going to be quite emotional.”
The tournament is being organised by James Winnard, owner of Chorley Soccer And Futsal, who was friends with Matthew. He said: “We are hoping to have a good turnout and raise some money and celebrate Matt.”
Entry to the tournament costs £25 per team and it is open to players of all abilities over the age of 16.
To enter, go to www.chorleysoccerandfutsal.com or call James on 07736 733318.
Up to 700 people attended a funeral to remember Matthew, of Bolton Road, Anderton, and donations paid for musical instruments for Holy Cross High School, where he developed his love of music.
Former pupils are holding a fund-raiser in his memory at the Last Orders pub in Chorley on Saturday, September 12 at 7pm.