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A Game For Geordie, a charity football match between Oban’s Rangers and Celtic supporters’ clubs, kicks off at Mossfield Stadium at 1pm this Sunday (October 17), raising funds for the local Macmillan day bed unit.
The friendly game is being organised Neil Beaton of Oban No. 1 Celtic Supporters Club, in memory of fellow Celtic fan Geordie McGhee who recently died from cancer. All money raised will go to the Macmillan Day Bed Unit at Oban Hospital.
So far, at the time we went to press, A Game For Geordie’s Justgiving webpage (www.justgiving.com/fundraising/highlandhealthboardendowmentfund) had raised over £3,600 for Highland Health Board Endowment Funds, the name of charitable donations to a hospital, ward or department within NHS Highland.
‘Great guy, great cause,’ wrote one donor. ‘Well done to all involved, and am sure it will be a magic day.’ ‘Great fella,’ wrote another. ‘Always loved the games of football out the back with Geordie and boys. Truly missed.’ Oban Hearts Supporters Club has also contributed £100.
Hot pies and sausage rolls will be on sale, with all money raised on match day going to the cause. The game will be followed by a raffle and charity auction of signed Celtic and Rangers tops and memorabilia at The View on Oban’s George Street, which is also sponsoring the event. Bids can be made in person, or via the group’s Facebook page, also called A Game For Geordie. Raffle tickets are also available at Tommy’s/Topstyle hairdressers on Stevenson Street.
The two teams will be composed of ‘youth, Saints players, and old crocks,’ said Gareth Evans of Oban Loyal Rangers Supporters Club, adding: ‘There will be a few sore legs on Monday.’