Mar­cus trib­ute match raises sum

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A trib­ute foot­ball game in mem­ory of tragic Mar­cus Whitelaw has raised over £1000 for La­nark­shire char­i­ties.

Pop­u­lar Mar­cus, 28, passed away af­ter be­ing hit by a train in Cam­bus­lang on Thurs­day, May 12.

Although he was from Blan­tyre, Mar­cus was a mas­sive fan of Ruther­glen Glen­cairn and was well known among sup­port­ers.

The match be­tween ju­nior side Blan­tyre Vics and am­a­teurs Blan­tyre Celtic raised £800, with help from a raf­fle, and two £200 do­na­tions re­ceived from Glen­cairn man­ager Wil­lie Har­vey – a for­mer Vics boss – and Rose­lea Garage took the to­tal to £1200.

The Friend­ship Cup, do­nated by Blan­tyre man Frank Sweeney, was won by Vics, who beat Celtic 1-0 with a goal scored by Gary Camp­bell.

Money raised from the event will be split be­tween sev­eral char­i­ties in which Mar­cus Whitelaw ex­pressed an in­ter­est or had an in­volve­ment.

Tommy Whitelaw, fa­ther of the young fan, said:“The fam­ily are most grate­ful for the ef­fort put in by both clubs to stage this game and the gen­eros­ity of spec­ta­tors who made per­sonal do­na­tions in ad­di­tion to the char­ity do­na­tion which re­placed the usual ad­mis­sion.

“We were most grate­ful when we were handed £800 by club of­fi­cials, then a few min­utes later a lo­cal busi­ness­man handed me £200 to take the to­tal to £1000.

“On Satur­day night Wil­lie Har­vey do­nated £200 while he was on hol­i­day in Por­tu­gal. It was amaz­ing.

“We will be do­nat­ing this money to sev­eral lo­cal char­i­ties where Mar­cus had an in­ter­est and an in­volve­ment.”

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