Hun­dreds play in PG tour­ney

Con­test trib­ute to mur­der vic­tim

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEWS - Leona Greenan

The sixth Mcgilvray Fam­ily Foot­ball Tour­na­ment will take place later this month.

An an­nual event held in aid of La­nark­shire-based FFAMS (Fam­ily and Friends Against Mur­der Sui­cide), it takes place in mem­ory of mem­ory of mur­dered Hamil­ton man Paul Ger­ard Mcgilvray, known as PG.

Scores of teams, in­clud­ing friends of PG, will de­scend on Hamil­ton Palace Grounds to play in the day-long tour­ney.

And this year 200 girls who play at un­der-12 level sec­tion will take part thanks to the sup­port of Hamil­ton Aca­dem­i­cal Womens’ and Girls’ Foot­ball Club.

FFAMS founder, PG’S aunt Ann Marie Co­cozza, said: “We are de­lighted to have three lo­cal busi­nesses spon­sor us this year: Well­man Cars, Op­ti­cal Fac­tory and Hamil­ton West Golf So­ci­ety. “Each year we have great dif­fi­culty in get­ting busi­nesses to sup­port us be­cause of the na­ture of our char­ity be­ing mur­der, sui­cide and sui­ci­dal be­hav­iours. “It is still such a taboo sub­ject. “How­ever, through such sup­port from th­ese busi­nesses and Hamil­ton Ac­cies, Paul Ger­ard’s mem­ory con­tin­ues to live on each year with this much-an­tic­i­pated fes­ti­val of foot­ball. “It is also about rais­ing aware­ness of the im­pact of mur­der and sui­cides on fam­i­lies, friends and com­mu­ni­ties.”

Tro­phies will be pre­sented by Ac­cies player Michael Devlin af­ter the tour­na­ment at the Cosy Cor­ner bar in Hamil­ton.

Paul Ger­ard, of Neil­s­land Road, was aged 20 when he was stabbed to death as he picked up his girl­friend from a house party in An­nathill Gar­dens, near Coat­bridge, in 2004.

The fol­low­ing year Sean Toal, of Cum­ber­nauld, was con­victed of killing him and sen­tenced to 15 years’ im­pris­on­ment.

FFAMS, which was set up fol­low­ing PG’S death by his fam­ily, is a reg­is­tered char­ity based in Bell­shill who spe­cialise in sup­port­ing those left be­hind af­ter the death of a loved one through mur­der or sui­cide.

For more in­for­ma­tion or sup­port from the char­ity go on­line to www. fams.org.uk.

Killed Paul Ger­ard Mcgilvray

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