Charity Football Match to be Held in Memory of Steve

29 August 2018

A charity football match will be held between the North East division of British Transport Police and the cast and crew of Emmerdale at Garforth Town Football Club next week.

The match has been organised by PC John Moses in memory of his colleague and friend, Steve Thackray.

Steve was diagnosed with cancer in his tonsil in October 2014. He underwent successful treatment for his throat cancer, but it had already spread to other parts of his body and Steve sadly died two weeks before his 60th birthday in October 2017.

John, who worked with Steve for nearly a decade, has chosen to donate funds raised from the event to Yorkshire Cancer Research, which is dedicated to improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the region. 

 Police Officer Steve Thackray

It’s the third time John has organised a match between British Transport Police and Emmerdale. He originally started the event in memory of another colleague who passed away from cancer. When Steve died, he decided to hold one more game in tribute to him. 

Steve’s sons, Josh and Todd, will join the British Transport Police team as they take on Emmerdale actors Danny Miller (Aaron Dingle), James Hooton (Sam Dingle) and Michelle Hardwick (Vanessa Woodfield).

John said: “Steve was a really close friend of mine. We were both passionate about football. When I started up a football team in our area he became a huge part of it and was always there to help me.

“At Steve’s funeral, people were queuing to get in. He was one of life’s nice guys. He always had a smile on his face and never let things get him down, even at the end. He loved his family, football and his job. He just loved life.”

John is hoping to raise £1,500 for Yorkshire Cancer Research at the family event, which takes place on Sunday, September 9, at 2pm. 

He added: “It will be a great family day out with a DJ and plenty of entertainment. I hope everyone comes down to support a great cause in memory of a really good bloke.”

Steve’s wife Paula said: “Steve loved football and frequently played for British Transport Police and previously in the annual charity match. He’d be slightly embarrassed by all the fuss about him but I’m so grateful to John, all the other officers and everyone for turning out and making this event a success.”

Tickets costing £3 for adults and £1 for children under 16, plus small booking fee that will be also be donated, can be purchased in advance at or on the gate. 

Donations in memory of Steve can also be made at  



Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email:

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