Published: 11/05/2018 12:42 - Updated: 11/05/2018 12:46

Auld enemy clash in Keith to aid charity

Keith-born Colin Hendry pictured during his Scotland international days.
Keith-born Colin Hendry pictured during his Scotland international days.

A SCOTLAND v England football clash is taking place in Moray this weekend – on the back of a special reunion showpiece last year.

A veterans' team, drawn from Keith and neighbouring towns, will line up against a side from Bromsgrove near Birmingham to raise money for a cancer charity.

Many of the home players featured in a game last year that celebrated the reunion after 40 years of a Keith Boys' League team, which featured Colin Hendry who went on to captain Scotland at the World Cup in France in 1998.

Hendry is unavailable for this year's game but has gifted a prize of a hospitality trip for two with him to a Manchester City game next season, which will be part of an auction tomorrow night.

All proceeds from the auction and tomorrow's game will go to Keith Cancer Link.

Coming over the border are Catshill FC Veterans, from Bromsgrove, led by Gary Macpherson, brother of Keith Grammar School rector Jamus, who was part of the 1977 team celebrating its reunion last year.

Organiser of tomorrow's charity game, Willie Dick, who is another boy of '77 and will be playing in goal, is thrilled at the opportunity.

He said: "A Scotland v England match on Keith soil is an exciting prospect for us old guys."

Gordon Winton and Jim Stables, last together in charge of Keith FC, are reuniting to take control of the homesters.

The squad contains former Highland League players and juniors, including Mark Taylor, Gavin Farquhar, Mike Dunbar, Stuart Donald, Mike Laing, Steve Sey, Gogs Younie, Ricky Thomson and Derek Thomson. Others from last year's Keith 77 are Eric Annand, Stuart McLure, Peter Mann and Derek Johnston.

Kick-off is 2pm, entry £3. OAPs and youngsters free. The auction will take place after 6pm in the Plough Inn with items including a signed and framed jersey from ex-Scotland and Rangers keeper Andy Goram, an Aberdeen top, and Rangers and Spurs footballs.

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