Match in memory of soldier

James Backhouse,...12th July 2009..... Picture By Simon Hulme..
James Backhouse,...12th July 2009..... Picture By Simon Hulme..

A friend of fallen Castleford soldier James Backhouse is paying tribute to his life, five years after he died in conflict in Afghanistan.

Toni Earley has organised a charity rugby match involving local lads and members of the armed forces in honour of Rifleman Backhouse.

Members of the infantry will take on the specially formed Airedale Allstars at the charity match next Tuesday.

The match is in memory of Rifleman Backhouse, who was killed while serving in Afghanistan in July 2009.

The Airedale 18-year-old was one of five soldiers in 2nd Battalion The Rifles who died in two explosions near Sangin in the Helmand province.

All money raised at the event will go to Mr Backhouse’s battalion, as well as the infantrymen taking part on the day.

Miss Earley, 30, said: “There has been a rugby match at Ferry Fryston in James’ honour in past years.

“I wanted to do something similar this year and raise some money to support our troops.

“I’m hoping that the event manages to raise a few hundred pounds for the armed forces in James’ memory.

“It has so far had lots of interest and the whole community is backing it.

“I want to say a huge thank you to my partner Ryan Towning and to Dean Tucker, who have both helped to organise the match.”

The match will kick off at 6.30pm at Airedale Sports Centre.

A raffle, man of the match prizes and a clothing sale will also take place in the New Airedale pub afterwards.