FOOTBALL: VS Rugby past players in charity game on Sunday


Match at Butlin Road in memory of Sunday league manager John Gurney

The third charity football match in memory of popular Rugby Sunday league manager John Gurney takes place this Sunday at Rugby Town FC, Butlin Road, with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK.

John, who lost his battle with cancer in 2008, managed teams in the Rugby and Daventry Sunday football leagues including VS Rugby Supporters’ Club and A1 Social Club.

Collections from the last memorial match in 2011 raised £1,750 for Cancer Research and organisers are hoping for even more this time round.

The match is being played between the VS Rugby Supporters Club team he used to manage and a team of past VS Rugby/Rugby Town players including Tony Clarke, Craig Herbert, Robbie Beard, Mark Rosegreen, Gary Hardwick, Liam O’Neill, Danny Finlay and Jason Pearcey to name a few.

John’s son, Neil, said: “We had a fantastic turnout last time with many footballers who played for my dad’s teams – including some who hadn’t kicked a ball in years – all joining in.

“Dad loved his football and I can’t think of a more fitting tribute than to hold this match in his memory on the date that would have been his birthday.

“He was also an avid VS Rugby/Rugby Town supporter so to play against a team of players he used to watch week in week out will make it even more special.

“He would have been immensely proud to know so many people want to pay their respects by taking part while at the same time supporting a charity which helps so many people.”

The John Gurney Memorial Match kicks off at 10.30 am, all welcome (£2 admission).

They have also set up a Just Giving page for anyone who wishes to make a donation: