Stars pull on their football boots for Clutha families

FAMILIAR faces from the world of sport, politics and the media pulled on their football boots to help families affected by the Clutha tragedy.

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Celtic legend Tom Boyd pulled on a Scotland top for the match
Celtic legend Tom Boyd pulled on a Scotland top for the match

Celtic hero Tom Boyd relived his glory days to took part in a charity football tournament in aid of the Lord Provost's Clutha Appeal Fund.

The ex-Celtic skipper helped his team - The Lord Provost Selects - to victory. They fought off competition from Police Scotland in the final to lift the Clutha Shield.

Politicians, including deputy Glasgow City Council leader Archie Graham and Eastwood MSP Ken Macintosh, were among those who took part in yesterday's charity tournament.

Clyde FC manager Jim Duffy and Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald also dusted off their boots for the competition at Glasgow's Toryglen Regional Football Centre.

Mr Graham said: "In the aftermath of the devastating Clutha Vaults helicopter crash, people all over Glasgow and Scotland came together to offer support and condolence to those affected.

"That attitude is reflected in this tournament."

The event raised cash to help those affected by the tragedy in November, when a police helicopter crashed into the Clutha pub in Glasgow.

Footie fans turned out to cheer the players on as they took part in the good- natured tournament.

A team of city councillors, led by Mr Graham, took on the Parliamentarians, a team made up of Scottish Ambulance Service personnel and famous faces from Scottish football.

Queen's Park manager Gus MacPherson and Annan Athletic manager Jim Chapman also pulled on their football boots to take part.

Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service also went head-to-head, while council staff took on journalists and Scottish football pundits.

The teams were supplemented with players from Glasgow Girls FC.

The event was organised in aid of the families of the 10 people who died when a police helicopter crashed through the roof of the packed city pub.

Pilot David Traill was killed along with both passengers, police constables Kirsty Nelis and Tony Collins.

Six people inside the Clutha Vaults also died when the roof caved in, with a seventh victim dying from his injuries later in hospital.

Lawyers are now pursing compensation for those affected by the tragedy.

The match was the latest in a string of events held across the city in the wake of the tragedy.

These have included all-day music events, comedy nights and the release of a CD, The Clutha Sessions, featuring Esperanza, the ska band which was playing at the pub on the night of the tragedy in November.

Thousands of pounds were also raised for survivors and victims of the Clutha tragedy at a benefit gig at the Barrowland.

A host of high profile acts, including Alabama 3, Frightened Rabbit and The Begbies, performed at Clutha - a Celebration.

Last month, former Scottish football stars battled it out on the pitch during a special charity match.

Big names, including Rangers striker John MacDonald and Celtic's Frank McAvennie lined up for the Celtic v Rangers Old Firm Legends game at Ashfield Stadium in Possilpark.

Celtic won the match 5-4 in front of a packed crowd.

Andy 'The Goalie' Goram who played for Rangers in the 1990s and former Hearts player Jose Quitongo were among those who took part in the charity match.

rebecca.gray@ eveningtimes.oc.uk

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