Memorial game for Lee Wilby - Stanley United past and present to remember former player

Stanley Utd v Nightingale Stanley Utd's Lee Wilby (in red) and Nightingale's Andy McKelvie (in yellow).

Stanley Utd v Nightingale Stanley Utd's Lee Wilby (in red) and Nightingale's Andy McKelvie (in yellow).

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The life of a talented young footballer who was killed at just 23-years-old will be celebrated at a special event to mark the fifth anniversary of his death.

Stanley United player Lee Wilby died after his car was hit by an unlicensed driver in November 2008.

His family and friends have organised a fundraising race night and football match in his honour to raise money for the Ambulance Service.

His mum, Karen Wilkinson, 49, of Wrenthorpe Road, said: “We put on a night to mark the first anniversary and at the time I said I’d do another one to mark five years.

“We want to raise as much money as possible for the Ambulance Service because it is such a good cause.”

Mr Wilby, who lived in Kettlethorpe, had served with the Royal Engineers but left after suffering an injury to his collar bone.

He worked alongside his brother, Ben, 20, for their dad, Garry Wilby, in his construction firm.

Since the age of 16 he had been a footballer with Stanley United.

Ms Wilkinson said: “The football match will be with Stanley United players from the present and the past.”

The race night will be held at Bar Stanley, on Lee Moor Road, on November 9.

There will also be a raffle and a buffet from 8pm.

The memorial match will be played at Stanley Rodillian Rugby Union Football Club, off Lee Moor Road, on the same day at 2pm.

For more information about the football match, the race night or to donate a prize call Ms Wilkinson on 07427199545.