Longhope looking to turn charity cup into annual event

North Gloucestershire side Longhope are looking to raise money in what they are hoping to be an annual charity game against their legends side. 

The club announced on Twitter a few weeks ago that they were looking to hold the event in memory of former player Wayne Clark, who unfortunately passed away four years ago.

His nephew Robbie, who plays for the current Longhope side, has been one of the main organisers of the event and is hoping to turn the Legends Cup, with the current Longhope side taking on a side filled with Longhope Legends, an annual date in the calendar.

“Wayne played for Longhope on and off for nearly 30 years and he was a massive part of the club, a great player with a hell of a left foot and all round team joker! He passed away in 2015 of very sudden heart issues and we wanted to do something that remembered him in the right way.

A game of football raising money for his club with his ex team mates, some beer and music sounded perfect! We did a charity game 4 years ago for Cardiac Risk In the Young and raised 5k in Wayne’s memory. We hope to make it a yearly events with the Legends Cup format.” Clark added.

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Since putting an open message on social media asking for interested players to contact him, Clark admits the amount of responses has been overwhelming.

“I was shocked with the responses I received, it really is overwhelming at how quickly we had people coming forward. We currently have 21 ex-Longhope players in the squad to face the current team.

There are even some willing to play just 5 minutes but they all desperate to be involved. At this stage we do need a ref so anyone out that who fancies it give us a shout!” 

The game on Saturday 27th July is the main event on a fun day being held at the club, including live music from Sara Jeffery and a BBQ throughout the afternoon. The game kicks off at 15:00

Anyone interested in being a part of the day or looking to donate but cannot attend the event contact Longhope on Twitter @LonghopeFC