Willington Quay Saints host ‘Fordy Cup’ fundraiser

Graham Ford, founder of Willington Quay Saints.
Graham Ford, founder of Willington Quay Saints.

Whilst the Northern Alliance season ended three weeks ago, Willington Quay Saints still have one fixture remaining.

And it is one that means a lot to all associated with the club as the sixth annual ‘Fordy Cup’ takes place this Sunday (May 24) at High Flatworth.

The game is played in the memory of team founder Graham Ford, who sadly passed away in February 2010, and is between the Saints under-30s managed by Graham’s wife Irene and the over-30s managed by his brother Trevor.

The first game took place in May 2010 and saw the youngsters beat the veterans 4-2, Ian McCartney scoring the first ever Fordy Cup goal, notching for the under-30s as Graham’s friends and Saints past and present turned out to play.

And the tradition has carried on since, with the game being played on spring bank holiday weekend every year.

Numerous fundraising activities will take place including a raffle and various other competitions back at the club Graham owned, the Willington Quay Social Club, better known as ‘The Morg’.

All money raised will go to Irene and daughter Vikki’s chosen charity, the British Heart Foundation.

Last year Graham’s sister Denise and friend Wendy shaved their hair off to raise money, raising over £1,000 for charity.

Kick-off is at 11am on what is always a great day celebrating the life of a great man.