HUNDREDS of footballers pulled on their boots at the weekend to pay their respects to a former colleague.

Anton Houghton, who was a popular member of Barrhead Youth Football Club (BYFC), passed away in April, aged just 21.

The club, along with Anton’s family, hosted a day-long tournament in his memory on Sunday, which saw 22 teams take part.

“It was a fantastic day,” said event organiser Barry Lemke, who is a coach at BYFC.

Barrhead News: Hundreds took part. Hundreds took part.

“We’ve been overwhelmed with the response. The park was buzzing on Sunday.”

He continued: “It was very well supported. We saw people and players from Neilston, Arthurlie and elsewhere. It really brought the community together.”

Barrhead News: Smiling faces, despite the cold weather.Smiling faces, despite the cold weather.

The tournament had to be cut short, sadly, due to the freezing weather conditions.

But, despite the weather, the fundraiser was still a huge success and raised a total of £3,200 for two charities chosen by Anton’s family.

Barrhead News: Teams from across the area entered the tournament. Teams from across the area entered the tournament.

“We’re over the moon,” continued Barry. “The most pleasing thing was that Anton’s mum, dad and sister came along to the event and were blown away by it.”

Anton’s family were on hand to present medals and the trophy to eventual winners Southside Cartel, a team from, Rutherglen, where Anton was originally from.

Barry added: “Next year we’re looking to run the event at a warmer time of year.

“With the number of people who wanted to join in on Sunday, there won’t be an issue filling it, regardless of when it is.”