Melissa Smith could be honoured with permanent memorial

Melissa Smith
Melissa Smith

A permanent memorial could be set up to a young footballer who collapsed and died.

Teenager Melissa Smith died on October 19 while playing against Euxton Girls FC, for her team, Cadley FC.

Now, the Euxton team has revealed plans to honour the 15-year-old after receiving more than 1,600 emails, tweets and messages of support from around the world.

Mick Walsh, coach of Euxton U16s, said: “It has been a traumatic week and remains very upsetting for all concerned.

“We had a vigil with the girls from Cadley at Greenside on Tuesday and it was very humbling.

“I think there’s a bond between Euxton Girls and Cadley that will never be broken.”

Melissa’s funeral took place at St Teresa’s RC Church, Penwortham yesterday.

Her family, who asked for a private funeral without media attention, asked for donations to be sent to Cadley FC to raise funds for a defibrilator or Penwortham Girls’ High School where she attended, towards a memorial trophy.

Mick said: “We’re going to discuss it but a tribute to Melissa could be a regular memorial match or a plaque down at Greenside.”

He also said the incident highlighted the need for a defibrillator, which was administered along with CPR at the scene, but Melissa was later pronounced dead at the Royal Preston Hospital.

He said: “The only good that can come out of this is that people understand the need to have a defibrillator.

“The one thing I can say is Melissa Smith will never be forgotten.”

Friends and family also gathered at Preston docks to hold a vigil for Melissa at the weekend where candles were lit and memories were shared.