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By Rod Edgar
Annan and Eskdale
Footy friendly raises £250

A FOOTBALL match in Annan held in memory of a late friend raised £250 for charity at the weekend.

Friends of Chris Donaldson gathered at the Everholm on Saturday for their annual ‘good, competitive friendly’.
And it was Annan Utility who got off to the better start, climbing up to a 3-0 advantage over Phoenix Club.
Scott Torbett, who was part of the Annan Utility team, said: “The other guys pulled it back to 3-2, but then we got a goal — a penalty in the last ten minutes.”
And Scott says the players enjoyed good, dry conditions for the match.
He said: “The game’s always competition, but it always seems to be a family-oriented atmosphere on the sidelines.
“A lot of kids comes, and the wives and the girlfriends bring their kids along to the touchline so that everybody can catch up.
“A lot of the time they don’t seem to see each other for another year, until the game’s on.”
He added: “It’s a shame it has to take lads to pass away.”
The game was played in memory of Chris Donaldson, who passed away as a result of cancer, and his girlfriend Louise and son Tyler were both present.
The match also raised £250 for the JMA Trust, set up in the memory of John Aitken, another Annan man who died as a result of cancer, and whose mother, brother and sister attended the game.
Following the match, the players retired to The Shed to enjoy sandwiches and drinks.
And Scott said: “I think there were some stiff lads that night, and definitely Sunday morning.
“A couple of lads only play once a year — at that game.”
He added: “It’s a mix of ages and abilities, and obviously we’re trying to get younger lads involved in it so the legacy carries on.”

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