Memorial rugby match for brave Craig

Craig Hopson
Craig Hopson

COMRADES of fallen hero Bombardier Craig Hopson will take on team-mates from his hometown of Castleford in a rugby match to honour his memory.

Members of the 24-year old’s Cutsyke Raiders squad will take on the Royal Artillery rugby league team in a clash to raise cash for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the Royal Artillery Charitable Fund at Twickenham tomorrow.

Bombardier Hopson’s mum Lynn Hodson, 48, and his partner Eleanor Fradgley, 25 – the mother of his 23-month-old daughter Amelia – will be in the crowd at the game, which will be played as a curtain raiser to Castleford Tigers’ clash with Harlequins.

Lynn, of Smawthorne Lane, said: “Craig would have loved to see his corps rugby league side play his civilian team, but I’m not too sure who he would have been shouting for.

“The Soldiers’ Charity is very important to us, as it’s a charity which can provide help to people who find themselves in a similar situation to ours.

“Any money we can raise is our way of thanking it for the help and support it has given to both us and other people that find themselves in our situation.”

Gareth Barber, secretary of the Royal Artillery rugby league team, added: “This unique sporting event provides the Gunner rugby league squad the opportunity to remember a fallen colleague and support two excellent charities that provide for all soldiers, both serving and retired.

“Bombardier Hopson is an excellent example of the modern soldier, courageous on operations, committed on the rugby pitch and a devoted father. It is a privilege to be involved in this event.”

The Craig Hopson memorial match will kick off at 5pm, with the main match of Harlequins v Castleford at 7.30pm.

To book tickets, call 0871 527 1315, or book online by going to www.quins.co.uk, and clicking on ‘RL Matches’ using the promotional code Hopson2. Visit www.soldierscharity.org to make a donation.