The father of Marc Lucchi admitted to being overcome with emotion as around 300 people turned out for his memorial match on Sunday.
The game revived by popular demand, featuring the ex-Bury Town and West Suffolk College Football School player’s teammates and friends, raised more than £1,200 for brain injuries charity Headway 12 years after Lucchi died in a car accident aged just 18.
Marc’s team Forza Rossi, commemorating his love of Formula One team Ferrari and football team AC Milan, won the game 4-3 with a late penalty from his father Robbie Lucchi, who thanked everyone who took part on and off the field.
“There were so many kind things said and it was over-whelming, to be honest,” he said.
“We raised around £1,200 and we still have Frank Lampard boots and an Ipswich signed shirt to go up on E-Bay, so that figure will increase.”
He added: “I had never, ever scored a penalty in my life!”
Children took part in a five-a-side match and people supporting the game were able to have their pictures taken with the FA Trophy, which was arranged to visit Ram Meadow by Lucchi’s good friend and Cambridge United captain Ian Miller, who was unable to get out of a prior engagement up north.
And there will be a re-run next year, with Lucchi adding: “Every single person shook my hand afterwards and said they won’t speak to me if I don’t put it on again — it will definitely happen.”