FOOTBALL: John Hathaway memorial game boosts BHF

The Fairford Town Legends XI who played in the John Hathaway Memorial game including Paul Bodin, back row first on the left

The Fairford Town Legends XI who played in the John Hathaway Memorial game including Paul Bodin, back row first on the left

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SUNDAY'S charity match for the British Heart Foundation at Fairford Town FC raised more than £1,400 thanks to a sterling effort from players, supporters and volunteers.

The total included a £100 donation made by Fairford Town FC.

It was the second match staged at the Cinder Lane ground on behalf of the charity following the 2012 match in memory of former Fairford Town regular John Hathaway who passed away from heart failure in 2009 at the age of 40.

A number of the same players returned for the FTFC Legends XI, many of them John's former team-mates at Fairford. Among the side was Swindon Town Hall of Famer Paul Bodin.

The game saw a John Hathaway XI run out 4-2 winners, with organisers Todd Hathaway (John’s son) and James Skinner both in that side along with Cirencester Town’s former full back Ellis Dunton.

Keith Smith, of the British Heart Foundation expressed his thanks following another extremely successful day.

“A big thank you to everyone at Fairford Town Football Club for putting on a splendid afternoon’s entertainment,” said Keith.

"From the players to the hot dog sellers and everyone else you can be proud of your efforts. Particular thanks to everyone who contributed to the magnificent total.

“The money will be used for pioneering research that saves and improves lives of vulnerable men, women and children whose hearts are in crisis.

"Research breakthroughs, like clot-busting drugs and the discovery of adult stem cells keep thousands of hearts beating today. Once again our heartfelt thanks.”

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