George Zographou: a thousand people turn out for football fundraiser

The event was raising money for Meningitis Now and the Royal Cornwall Hospital

A thousand people gathered in Bristol for a charity football match in memory of an 18 year old who died from meningitis B last month.

George Zographou was just 18 when he fell ill and died from Meningitis B.

It was just a day before he was due to collect his outstanding exam results.

Today, his friends and family invited people to Brislington FC in the city, for a charity football match.

George was a keen player, and his teammate Darren Sims thought it would be a fitting tribute to a young man who was full of life, laughter, and a love of the beautiful game.

The game saw a team made up of George's friends play against former professional players - including Bristol City legend Louis Carey.

They held a minute's applause in George's memory before kick-off.

Clapping for George. Credit: ITV News

The event was raising money for the Meningitis Now charity, as well as awareness about the lesser known symptoms of the disease.

We asked former Bristol City player Louis Carey what inspired him to take part.

In the end it was the former professionals who won the match, the final score was 5-3.

The match saw former professionals take on George's friends. Credit: ITV News