This weekend’s match between the supporters of Ross County F.C. and the supporters of Inverness Caledonian Thistle F.C. (won by RCFC on penalties, 5-4!) held at the Toryglen Football Comples in Glasgow was just one more example of the kind of club County is and the kind of supporters it has. Organized by County fan Roddy Gray in honor of his late grandmother, The Moraig MacAngus Memorial Trophy match was held to raise money for the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association.
The Scottish Premier League was kind enough to supply the match ball, local radio gave the match a shout, the Inverness Courier ran an article on the match, there was television coverage on the day of the match, both clubs publicized the match on their websites, the folks at “You’re Not Singing Anymore” issued a commemorative t-shirt, and perhaps most impressively, when Roddy approached Ross County for some uniforms the club responded by giving the team the kits that were leftover from County’s Scottish Cup Final match against Celtic F.C., complete with the match specific embroidery. As a bit of a shirt geek you can imagine how jealous I am of all the players who got these kits!
It is my understanding that all in all the match raised more than £1000. If you’d care to make a donation specifically in honor of Roddy’s grandmother rather than to just the general cause, you can do that here.
Well done to everyone involved from the supporters, to the clubs, to the SPL, and to the media. It’s spirit like this that allows us to call it “the beautiful game” off the pitch as well.