York City supporters who cycled to Sixfields on Saturday raised nearly £6,000 for the British Heart Foundation in memory of a Northampton Town fan who died after a match.
David Henderson, who was the manager of Stoke Bruerne Museum, suffered a heart attack on the way home after the clubs met at Sixfields in January last year.
On Saturday, 12 York City fans, led by organiser Ian Jones, arrived at the ground after their 160-mile ride over three days.
Mr Henderson’s wife, Amanda, said her family had been overwhelmed by the fund-raising efforts.
“When David passed away, having suffered a heart attack after the Cobblers v York fixture last year, our family was overwhelmed by the messages of support received. Once more, a year on, people have shown generosity and compassion.
“The 12 York supporters were so moved that they arranged to cycle for 3 days, covering 160 plus miles, to raise money in memory of David.
“Hardened cyclists? No, a bunch of young lads, led by Ian Jones, who met either though school or the love of the great game, who thought it would be a good idea to get on their bikes to raise money. What they lacked in cycling experience, they made up for in sheer determination,” she said.
“When my son, Alex, and I met them upon their arrival at Sixfields, they were absolutely exhausted, yet, quite rightly, proud of their magnificent achievement. I was glad to hear that they were getting a lift home as I expect they won’t want to be going on another bike ride anytime soon!”
Mrs Henderson said the family was touched that the York City fans wanted to do something in her husband’s memory.
“In a week when some Premier League football team supporters have received bad press, it was comforting to know that others can be united at times like this whichever team they follow.
“I’d like to thank Northampton Town Football Club for their support and for allowing the cyclists to complete a lap of honour around the pitch before the game on Saturday. I’d also like to extend our thanks to all those who have donated to the worthy cause,” she added.
If you would like to donate to the appeal, visit www.justgiving.com/Ride2Northampton