Memorial football match continues legacy of Bannerman pupil

Family and friends of Dylan Thomson came together for an annual memorial football match at Bannerman High School, and raised over £730 for young cancer patients in his memory. 

Memorial football match continues legacy of Bannerman pupil

The event

Balloons were released into the sky before kickoff, and team captains Steven Bain and Darroch Murdoch led their friends in an 11-a-side match refereed by PE teacher Norrie Pattison and Dylan's father, Kenny. Each player wore a t-shirt with a photograph of Dylan printed on the front. 

The football match drew a strong crowd, and spectators also enjoyed a bake sale, tuck shop and charity raffle. 

Mum Angie said she was 'beyond overwhelmed' by the efforts of her son Dylan's friends and said she wouldn't have made it through without them. 

The Bannerman High School pupil loved football and was a very popular student who was 'determined to carry on going to school' despite being ill. Dylan's classmates are leaving school this year but they hope that his legacy at Bannerman will continue. 

The Dylan Thomson Memorial Fund 

Dylan died aged 16 in January 2015 after being diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a bone cancer that affects mainly teenagers. CLIC Sargent helped support Dylan and his family throughout his cancer journey, and their bereavement.

The money raised from this year's memorial football match will go into The Dylan Thomson Memorial Fund which has been set up by Dylan's family in aid of CLIC Sargent.

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Rachael McLean said: "We are very touched that pupils from Bannerman High School have organised another charity football match in memory of Dylan. To date the Dylan Thomson Memorial Fund has raised over £7,000 for the charity, which shows the overwhelming love Dylan’s community had for him.  

"I'd also like to thank everyone who made the day such a success, the £730.04 raised in Dylan's  memory could pay for three families to stay in a CLIC Sargent Home from Home for a week. Staying in a Home from Home ensures a family can be close to their child during treatment."

Find out more

To find out how you can help support children and young people with cancer, and their families, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Rachael Mclean on 0141 572 5706 or by email:

For more information on fundraising in memory of a loved one, please visit our Remember Me funds page.