Remembrance football tournament is a big success

Trophy winners Farringdon Detached and Seaham Coast met Sunderland mascots Samson and Delilah.
Trophy winners Farringdon Detached and Seaham Coast met Sunderland mascots Samson and Delilah.
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Young footballers remembered the fallen as they took part in a special tournament at the weekend.

Eight Under-8 teams entered a Wearside competition on Remembrance Sunday, raising money for the British Legion Poppy Appeal.

We’d really like more teams in and around the Sunderland area to get involved next year

Phil Mcguire

All teams donated money to the charity, and were able to use the Raich Carter Centre, on Commercial Road, Sunderland, for the contest.

Sunderland City Juniors Porterfield, Sunderland City Juniors Gabbiadini, Farringdon Detached, Hetton Milan, Plains Farm, Redby Reds, Seaham Coast and Chester-le-Street Blues entered.

As well as the playing in the tournament, the boys all took time to pay their respects and observe a minute’s silence at 11am.

The winners of the Remembrance Shield were Farrington, while Seaham lifted the cup, and the winners had a photo taken with the official mascots of Sunderland AFC, Samson and Delilah.

The event’s organiser, Phil Mcguire – who is also the founder of Sunderland City Juniors – is planning an even bigger tournament for next year.

He said: “We wanted to raise funds for the charity, as well as awareness for the children to teach them about history and respect, and how people fought to give them the lives they have today.

“We’d really like more teams in and around the Sunderland area to get involved next year.

“The children loved it, and every single one of them got a medal.”

Anyone who would like to donate, or is interested in entering a team in next year’s event, can contact Mr Mcguire via email at sunderlandcityjuniors@gmail.com