Football match in memory of Dale is set to be a big occasion

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Albert Park will be the setting for a big occasion on Friday evening (May 1) as the Hawick ground is staging a very special football match.

Organised in the memory of an extremely talented young Hawick footballer who died recently following a car crash, the Dale Whillans Memorial Match is the brainchild of a group of Dale’s close friends.

Dale, who was 18 years old, was a player of great skill and flair, and had played for Hawick Royal Albert, Hawick United and Hawick Legion, but the two sides set to be facing each other tomorrow night will be a Dale Whillans XI and a West End All Stars team.

Set to be playing in the match is Dale’s friend and neighbour Steven Drummond, who told The Southern: “The two teams are made up of Dale’s pals.

“Some are footballers and some are not and the winners will get the Dale Whillans Cup.

“Dale always played in the number six shirt, so the game will kick off at 6pm.

“Apart from the two captains, who will have Dale’s name on their back, all other players will have number six on their shirts.

“Dale played for Hawick United and Hawick Legion and Friday night’s strips will be in their colours.”

Drummond also added that he had been overwhelmed during the past week with the response the match has attracted on social media.

“We have had over one thousand hits on Facebook and a big crowd is expected for the match,” he added, “everybody is welcome to come along and support the game.”

Admission is by donation and the money raised is going towards a memorial bench for Dale.