Maryhill looks to revive its fortunes with pitch full of stars at charity football game

By Ellen Thomson at

A junior league football club is hosting a star-studded charity match this weekend.

Maryhill FC welcomes Partick Thistle Legends to its Lochburn Park home on Sunday.

The game is the latest fundraiser for the club just months after it warned it may have to fold.

A lack of cash and new blood to run day-to-day affairs had put the club in peril.

Poster

The charity match kicks off at 2.30pm this Sunday

But this season has started on the up for the Glasgow club which can trace its history back to 1884.

At the weekend, Bobby Lawrie will be present at Lochburn Park as guest of honour.

Bobby scored the second in Thistle’s 4-1 win over Celtic in the 1971 League Cup final at Hampden.

Meanwhile, Thistle’s central defensive partnership has over 100 international caps.

Gary Caldwell, the current manager, has 55 for Scotland, while Stephen Craigan, one of BT Sports’ top pundits, has 54 for Northern Ireland.

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Maryhill FC had warned earlier this year that it was close to folding

Maryhill will field three supporters after running a competition for places.

The club is expecting a crowd of around 400 on the day with face painting for the kids.

Maryhill stickers will be given out and there will be a penalty kick competition at half time for kids.

At the end of the game everyone will get their photographs taken with the Legends on the pitch.

‘Excited’

Projects  manager  Jeff Holmes said everyone at the club was excited ahead of the game.

“We are trying to get the club back on an even keel by raising funds and its profile.

“Matches like this do that.

“We need roughly £15,000 a year to keep running.

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Lochburn Park just off Maryhill Road

“We’ve brought a lot of money in through sponsorship and advertising.

“A Gofundme crowdfunder was also successful.

“But we need to stand on our own two feet – and we can’t go with the begging bowl out all the time.

“People have only got so much patience, so we want to try and put on a show.”

‘Wrestling’

The club are members of the Scottish Junior Football Association, and currently play in the West Region, Central District First Division.

In the summer, Insane Championship Wrestling owner Mark Dallas joining the committee as Vice President.

It led to a charity match which pitted wrestlers against footballers.

Jeff said: “This Partick Thistle team is packed full of household names – the central defensive partnership alone has got over 100 international caps.

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Maryhill FC play in the West Region, Central District First Division

“That’s fantastic for Lochburn.

“We’ve got lots of things going on.

“We want to try and give people a little bit more, give people something for their money.”

Jeff said the club was looking for new supporters.

They hope to attract Partick Thistle fans to home games when the Jags are playing away.

Ride-on tractor

He said: “If your team are playing away and you don’t go to away games, come and watch Maryhill – we’re just up the road and it’s a fiver.

“That’s already happening – we’ve got Thistle fans and we’ve got wrestling fans coming to watch us on a Saturday.

“Money raised at the wrestling games allowed us to buy a ride-on tractor mower for the groundsmen.”

Admission on Sunday is just £5 for adults and £3 for kids.

The club also has a bundle of complimentary tickets it is giving away local charity Home Start Glasgow North.