Mark the inspiration for fundraising game

FRIENDS and supporters of former Whitley Bay FC player Mark Taylor will be donning their football strips for a special charity match this coming Sunday.

Deeportivo, a Sunday team Mark used to play for, will take on a Mark Taylor Select XI side to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The match will kick-off at 10am at Monkseaton High School with all players making a donation to the charity.

Current and former Whitley Bay FC players will be playing including Gareth Williams, Lee Picton, Gav Hattick, Andy Hay and Anthony Woodhouse.

The event is being organised by friends of Mark, who suffers form the devastating illness Motor Neurone Disease.

Close friend and a former team-mate of the FA Vase winner, Andy Hay, said: “We are all closer to Mark than ever and he is an inspiration to everyone that we know, with his unbelievable courage and dignity in this awful situation.”

Programmes, priced at £2, will be available on the day featuring a ‘team-mates’ interview with Mark and, instead of paying admission, supporters will be able to choose how much money they are willing to donate.

There will be food, drinks, a raffle and an auction at the Fat Ox pub in Park View, Whitley Bay, from 2.45pm, with everyone invited.

Confirmed prizes include a week’s accommodation in Murcia, Spain, signed Liverpool FC and Glasgow Rangers FC football shirts, a range of other sporting memorabilia and a year’s gold membership at FSI Gym worth £485.

Those who cannot attend on the day but still wish to make a donation, can do so at