A FOOTBALL match in memory of a popular landlord that helped to set up a team is expected to attract hundreds of spectators.

Phil Todoric, from Leigh, and his long-term friend Shaun Dootson, established Boars Head FC in 2008 with the pub team playing six seasons before it disbanded.

Phil, known as "Toddy", run the Market Place pub for four years from 2014 and was a regular at Leigh Sports Village as the face of LCTV's Centurion Cam.

He died at the age of 38 in hospital in December.

Around 300 people paid their respects at his funeral at Howe Bridge Crematorium on January 2.

A game will take place between former Boars Head FC players and Pennington FC on Sunday, February 17 at noon with funds raised going to Phil's wife Claire and their daughter Lola.

It will be held at Pennington FC's ground on Jubilee Park on Leigh Road in Atherton.

Shaun, 34, said: "I knew Phil for about 16 years, he lived down the street from me.

"He was the life and soul of the party.

"When a rugby club I was involved with folded, I was looking for another team to play for.

"I asked Phil about The Boars Head having a football team and he said it was a great idea.

"We set it up and put a lot of time into the running of the club.

"He was the chairman and I was his right hand man as secretary.

"Phil was good at selling and talking to people and he organised things like getting a pitch for us to play on which was on Legh Road in Golborne.

"We had lots of good memories with the club."

Players involved in the match, which includes Pennington FC footballers who used to play for Boars Head FC, will be paying sponsorship funds.

The winner of the game will be presented with the Phil Todoric Memorial Championship Trophy.

Shaun added: "There is expected to be 200 people turning up to the game, it will be quite a big event."

Tickets are priced at £2 per person which can be paid for on the day or at The Boars Head pub.

Programmes will also be on sale on the day and the bar will be open for visitors.