FOOTBALL VETERANS LIGHT UP BORDERS RAILWAY CHARITY MATCH
Thirty one teams of Borders Railway workers found themselves outclassed by a squad of Hearts and Hibs veterans at a unique charity football event at Netherdale Stadium in Galashiels earlier this month.
The tournament was arranged to provide a fitting tribute to Huw Jenkins, a BAM worker who lost his life during a road traffic accident on the A7 earlier this year. The teams were made up of BAM, Network Rail and a variety of subcontractor employees who worked alongside Huw in constructing the new railway. Over £3,000 was raised for charity through team donations and a prize draws.
Despite some dogged opposition, the class of the former professionals showed through, with the veterans winning the final 2-0 against at team from Wallsend branch of crane contractors Mammoet. The veterans team included former Jambos Jose Quitongo, Henry Smith, Mark Bradley and former Hibees Keith Wright and Lee Bailey.
BAM project director for Borders Railway, Nissar Mohammed said:
“I’d like to thank all those who participated in the charity football match. It was a terrible tragedy to lose Huw but I’m pleased that we’ve been able come together to remember him in this way and to raise over £3,000 for charity.”
Keith Wright, captain of the veterans squad said:
“Thanks to Network Rail and BAM for inviting the team to play today - particular thanks for letting us win.
“The Borders Railway project has been generous in helping to support youth football development along the route over the last couple of years and we’re pleased to have been able to contribute towards this event and some good causes.”