Footballers rally round injured mates

GALASHIELS’ football community rallied round two of its injured players in raising almost £900 from a pre-season tournament.

The event at Netherdale’s 3G Arena was inspired by serious leg breaks to Shaun Hardie of Gala Rovers and Andy Stavert from Gala Fairydean Under-19s, with the town keen to provide financial assistance to them as well as any others who suffer injury in the coming season.

Four matches took place during the course of the afternoon, with Gala Fairydean Under-15s tackling their Under-17 colleagues and Gala Dean 10s playing Tweedbank Thistle. Gala Fairydean Under-14s faced Hutchison Vale and the finale saw Gala Rovers line up against Gala Hotspur.

And it was the Rovers who triumphed 3-1 over Spurs, as midfielder Billy Miller grabbed a double.

Tweedbank Thistle chairman Derek McGill, who helped organise the event, said: “The day was very successful – we saw Gala football clubs come together to showcase their teams in aid of a very worthy cause.

“We felt as organisers that we needed to show support to players that have been injured in the last season and have a fund for any injuries for the coming season.

“In particular, Shaun and Andy suffered bad leg breaks and it was only right that Gala footballers pulled together in order to help them with their recovery in any way we could.

“The day saw a steady flow of spectators and the generosity of everyone that came along was fantastic.

“A total of £892 was raised for the fund.

“In particular, I would like to thank Garry Fraser for initiating the event and all the clubs that took part in the day.

“The clubs added a generous donation which I would like thank them all for.

“I would also like to thank all the help and assistance from each club’s players, management, committee and personnel who helped with the organisation and running of the catering facilities.

“Also, thanks go to Gala Fairydean FC for their kind donation.

“Every penny raised was put back into the fund – and everyone dug deep.

“This has given a platform to take the event forward to next year.”