A 15-year-old up-and-coming footballer who was tragically stabbed to death was remembered in a charity match hosted by Beaconsfield Town FC.

Taking place on Sunday, May 29 at the Rams’ Holloways Park, around 300 spectators watch an Arsenal 11 take on a side that was personally chosen by rapper and musician, MC Harvey, who is a member of the group, So Solid Crew.

The fixture was organised in the memory of Kiyan Prince.

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People turned out in their droves donning their favourite team’s colours, as supporters of the Gunners, QPR, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Wycombe Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Liverpool, and Charlton Athletic to name just a few, attended the match to raise money and awareness for the Kiyan Prince Foundation.

Bucks Free Press: Kiyan Prince was at QPR at the time of his death in May 2006Kiyan Prince was at QPR at the time of his death in May 2006

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Kiyan, who was on QPR’s books in the 2000s, was killed on May 18, 2006, after the teenager was trying to stop a fight between two schoolboys outside the London Academy in Edgeware.

Hannad Hasan, who fatally stabbed the aspiring footballer in the heart with a penknife, was found guilty of murdering the teen a year later in 2007 and is currently serving a life sentence.

His death caused debate about knife crime and gang culture across London and the rest of England, with the foundation being created to spread the word about how dangerous knives and street-related violence is, and to prevent more deaths from happening.

Kiyan’s father, Mark Prince OBE, who launched the foundation, personally greeted every spectator that attended and thanked them for their visit.

The match ended in a 4-2 win for Team Harvey.

Speaking exclusively to the Free Press, Mr Prince, OBE, said: “There’s always an underbelly of sadness because our son isn’t here.

“But I am focusing on the joy of people remembering him, seeing his friends, what they’ve made of their lives, and seeing what they have become, whilst reminding me of what Kiyan might have looked and been like.

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“He had so many good friends and there are many positives I’ve taken from the day.

“It means so much to me, hence why I personally went throughout the crowd to introduce myself to thank everyone individually.

“I’m happy and content because there is only so much you can do.

“When you’ve been traumatised as we have, sometimes you think there is no way out but we found light, and we’ve created positivity from it.

“In a way, you cannot just focus on the negative side of things.”

Arsenal fielded players such as Graham Stack, who was part of the club's invincible 2003/04 season, along with Jay Bothroyd, who began his career with the Gunners.

For Team Harvey, ex-Charlton forward Kevin Lisbie, former Reading, Sunderland, and Wolverhampton Wanderers defender, Greg Halford, and Premier League winner with Leicester City, Danny Simpson, also played.

MC Harvey, who is a close friend of the Prince family, also told the Free Press: “We have life and life is not to be taken for granted as you don’t know when it’s going to be taken away from you.

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“To keep Kiyan's name flying high and the amazing turnout from the Arsenal fans and from everyone else who came, the players, with some being Premier League winners, I just want to say thank you to everyone who gave their time up to be here.

“I got stabbed in the neck when I was 19 and I was around an hour away from dying, but I had good doctors to keep me alive, so life is not to be taken for granted.”

He also had a message for those who carry knives.

The entertainer continued: “It’s not worth it, it doesn’t make you hard, and if you think you’re impressing your friends, you’re not.

“I was in jail for 12 weeks and that was enough for me.

“You can’t do anything, you can’t live your life because you’re sat in one room for what?

“To prove to your friends that you’re hard?

“It’s not worth it.”

A Go Fund Me page was also created to help raise funds for the charity, and whilst at the time of writing, £1,072 has been donated for the £5,000 target, thousands were raised on the day through ticket and merchandise sales.

Ex-Arsenal keeper Graham Stack, who is a QPR fan and regularly travels the country to partake in charity matches, added: “We need to continue banging the drum.

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“I’ve got children myself and I grew up in West London so I have got an idea of what goes on in and around the streets.

“People’s mindsets need to change and the education needs to change and if that happens, more lives will be saved.”

To donate to charity, visit www.gofundme.com/f/team-harvey-vs-arsenal-in-memory-of-kiyan-prince.

To read more about the foundation, go to www.thekpf.com.