Football fans in Corby to host Old Firm clash for charities

The match will raise money for Macmillan's and Dick Mullen (right).

The match will raise money for Macmillan's and Dick Mullen (right).

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They may normally hate each other, but rival Celtic and Rangers fans will join forces in a charity football match this weekend.

Corby men James Crawford, who supports Rangers, and Celtic fan John Sludden will host the match to raise funds for causes close to their heart.

The veterans/over 40s match will take place at Steel Park at 1pm on Sunday, July 31.

Mr Crawford suggested the game as a way of raising funds for Macmillan nurses who cared for his father.

Mr Sludden has nominated his old school friend Dick Mullen who requires £30,000 for stem cell replacement therapy for MS as his designated cause.

Celtic manager Mark Killgallon said: “Tthis is a great day for the town and it shows us putting differences together to raise money for charities.

“The team I have assembled will be hard to beat, the captain is ex-Corby and Rothwell player Dean Foley and included in the squad we have experienced players like ex-Forest apprentice Gary Brown and a wealth of experience from local leagues, and there is a chance two ex-seasoned professionals may be drafted in late.

“Many of my team have been away in Europe over the last few weeks, somewhere Rangers have not been for years.”

Rangers manager James Crawford said: “We have put loads of work into this event and it is great that we can work together on this for two great causes.

“My team is by far more experienced with the captain being Corby Town’s ex-captain Garry Kennedy and the squad including ex-Forest and Scotland Under 21 star Lee Glover and several ex-Corby Town players.

“I would like to thank Mark for taking part and hope he is not too down after getting beat by a much experienced team.”

The town’s local businesses and individuals have come out in strength to support the day.

Pride Roofing have donated the Celtic kit and St James Snooker Centre the Rangers kit, with Central Autopoint sponsoring the game.

Other local companies have provided raffle prizes and their time.

KG Property Renovations, Corby Computer Clinics, Bubbles Autoclean Mobile Valeting, Mikey’s Garage, JO property solutions, and Top Spot plus local pubs from the Hazel Tree, Talisman, Silver Band, Glasshouse, Shire Horse and Cardigan have been selling tickets for the event, plus Ted and Pat Sludden, Mark Dixon, Kevin Ralth and Zigi and James ‘Macca’ McCafferty to name a few.

Raffle prizes include tours of Celtic Park and Ibrox and tickets for games donated by Celtic and Rangers.

Any money raised on the day will be split evenly between the two charities.

Entry will £5 for adults and children will be admitted free, with each player contributing a £10 match fee.

There will also be raffle tickets on sale.

Corby football fan James McCafferty said: “A huge thanks must go to Corby Town and chairman Stevie Noble in particular for kindly agreeing to allow us the use of their facilities for the day.”