Billy’s family and friends on the ball for charity.

The winners Fake Madrid
The winners Fake Madrid

A football tournament held in memory of a Bellshill man who died last year has raised over £900 for charity.

Billy Steele died in January last year at the age of 54 after contracting meningitis.

His family decided they wanted to do something by way of remembering him and organised various events to raise money for charity.

These included a memorial parade - Billy was a member of various bands, including Mossend True Blues and Bothwellhaugh Thistle - and a football tournament at the Keir Hardie Sports Centre in Holytown.

The events were so successful when they were held last year that family and friends decided to organise them again this year.

The tournament took place last week and once again everyone rallied round to raise £916 for Meningitis Association Scotland.

About 350 family and friends turned up with 16 teams taking part and after a long day of playing football the final was played between Fake Madrid and The Imperial with Fake Madrid winning the trophy which was donated by the Bellshill Chosen Few Rangers Supporters’ Club.

Billy’s family would like to thank everyone who turned up to make the tournament a huge success, particularly Allana Paterson and the girls from Elite Dance Crew and Elite Cheer Squad who entertained everyone with a superb dancing display.

And they are already planning next year’s tournament which will take place on Saturday, October 11.

Any teams wishing to participate in this event can do so by contacting the committee on the Billy Steele Memorial Facebook page and registering their team.

Anyone wishing to make further donations to the money raised so far can also do so on the Facebook page.