Date:Thursday July 24 2008
Vital Burnley as you are probably aware sponsor the Burnley FC Supporters Team (BST).
Our very own journlaist, Martyn Robinson plays for the team founded and run by Kev Robinson and Vital Burnley have sponsored both these lads.
Today we draw your attention to a game they are involved with this Sunday, as they seek to add some silverware to their collection and raise money for a good charitable cause.
What better way then to let Kev himself explain?
Silverware up for grabs in charity game
'This Sunday sees the Burnley FC Supporters Team attempt to pick up our second piece of silverware. The eagerly anticipated Jimmy McIlroy Charity Shield game will see the squad pit their wits against the North of England Northern Ireland Supporters Club in the first of what is set to be a prestigious annual affair.
It is also our first action since the Preston tournament in June, where we finished runners up in the plate competition. Manager Wayne McIntosh has had the team in training for a couple of weeks now in preparation for the new season, and this game is the first of at least two friendly games before Huddersfield travel to Burnley on August 16th.
The game is not just to help us get ready for the new season, though. There is a serious side to the fixtures, that will see both teams raising money for two charities. Our opposition are no strangers to money raising and have donated in excess of £6000 to good causes since they officially formed in 2003.
They follow the trend of supporting a charity at home in the North of England, and another one over the border in Northern Ireland. The latest charities the club are fundraising for are the Linda McCartney Cancer Centre and Autism NI. This game is the first event to raise money for the current duo, with future activities including a match against England fans and a sportsman`s dinner.
Each player involved in the game will have donated £10 between the two charities. We will also have collections at the game itself for any supporters wishing to donate on the day.
As mentioned earlier our opposition formed in 2003, they had, however, been having unofficial gatherings prior to that. They are one of the more active members of the Amalgamation of Northern Ireland Supporters Clubs, and have had representatives at every single game- home and away- and youth games at every level since they formed. They have also visited Turf Moor on a number of occasions to watch our own Ulstermen.
They are an informal club, with a friendly, open structure with a focus on social events, charity fund raising and generally having a laugh. Morecambe manager and former Manchester United footballer, Northern Ireland legend Sammy McIlroy is the club president.
The game takes place on Sunday, with a 12.30pm kick-off. The venue is Barden Sports Ground- home of Burnley United. Any support is greatly appreciated, especially with the game being in such a good cause.'
So lads and lasses why not go along this Sunday and cheer on the lads? Help them raise money for charity. Good luck to Kev, Wayno and the lads
Breaking News Update:
There will now be three generations of the Irvines at the game. Clarets and Ulster legend Willie Irvine will be in attendance as guest of honour, whilst his son and grandson will be playing for the Northern Ireland team.
Even more reason now to go along!
Date:Thursday July 24 2008
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