11th May Burnham FC are organizing its second annual a 6 a side football Celtic Charity tournament.
Last years tournament was a huge success with 9 teams taking part and we all enjoyed a fantastic days football and continued afterwards in the clubhouse until quite late (what a day)
Megan Fallon from Celtic FC Foundation came down and presented the cup to London NWSCS who beat Hayes Bhoys on penalties after a hard fought 1-1 draw in normal time
Coverage went out on social media though Twitter and Facebook to over 200,000 people as well as the local papers and pictures went on the Official Celtic FC website which was amazing
Monies raised before and afterwards hit the £2,000 mark and was a fantastic effort from everyone who took part and the many that came to watch last year
During my tenure being Chairman (2012-2017) at this club it was always my dream as a lifelong loyal Celtic fan to one day watch the green and white of Celtic grace the turf at Burnham FC. As hard as I tried to achieve this objective, many obstacles were too great to climb and it simply wasn’t meant to be. However, I am so very pleased and proud to be able to witness this tournament which in truth is the next best thing and one that I am immensely proud of. To collectively draw together all the locally based Celtic supporters down here in the south was in truth an objective of mine and hopefully this tournament can be the dawn of other regular social assemblies. I would like to think that these gatherings will not only harness a regular calendar entry throughout the year, but also raise awareness to such special charities such as Cancer UK, Motor Neurone Disease and of course the Celtic Foundation.
It is with this in mind that I would like to thank the Celtic fanbase that spreads far and wide who have shown their support. It just goes to prove how many fans we really have. Some clubs had travelled up to 120 miles to be there last year and for that, I salute you.
Our Trophy on Saturday May 11th is for the great Celtic legend Jimmy Johnstone who a few years ago was voted Celtics’ best ever player by the Celtic supporters. Jimmy needs no introduction as he was a fantastic footballer who embraced the very essence of Celtic FC and his character left a legacy that I am sure many of you will remember. I am very much looking forward to hearing the stories and fond memories of the great man today. As with all shining stars their shining light fades over time. Jimmys’ light was dimmed by Motor Neurone disease. It is a cruel, debilitating and progressive condition that affects 5,000 people at any one time and I would like to think that today we will show our support to the charity that is making in-roads to establish better treatments for the sufferers of this wicked disease. Even though MND took Jimmy away from us, his legacy shines on through us all.