That one's for you, Jacko
Whitby Town FC paid its respects to supporter James Jackson following his tragic death earlier this month.
Hundreds of people packed into the Turnbull Ground’s main stand to say goodbye to the 33-year-old following his funeral on Friday, while a minute’s silence was held before Saturday’s clash with Colwyn Bay, for which Blues players wore black arm bands.
And manager Chris Hardy said that the Blues’ 2-0 Evo-Stik Premier Division victory over the Welsh side was “fitting” given the circumstances.
“Despite the tragic circumstances, it was good that we were able to honour Jacko and fitting that we managed to get a victory for him,” he told the Whitby Gazette.
“There is no comparison between football and matters of life and death, but we are pleased that we could do something to pay our respects to one of our loyal fans.”
Following Saturday’s win, the club took to Twitter to say: “We did it for @JP_Jacko yesterday. Immaculate minute’s silence in bright sunshine, that victory was meant to be.”
Town chairman Graham Manser said that the events of both Friday and Saturday were emotional occasions at the Turnbull.
“If a funeral can go well, then I would say that Friday went well, it was very emotional, but we are just pleased to have been able to play our part,” he added.
“Saturday was the same, James was a keen supporter and a lovely, lovely man and it was only right that we did our bit to remember him.
“The tributes to him were first class.”
Mr Jackson was killed on March 1 when he was involved in a car crash on the stretch of the A169 moors road between Whitby and Pickering.