Broch Old Firm fans to play charity memorial game

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Fraserburgh Old Firm fans will unite to play a charity football game in memory of a local Celtic supporter who died earlier this year.

James ‘Suds’ Sutherland died in March aged 51 after a short battle with illness when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the end of 2014.

Norman Reid, his friend who organised the match, said: “It was all very sudden from when he was going down to the football and having a good laugh with his mates.

Suds was a founding member of the well established Buchan Bhoys Celtic Supporters Club and had followed the club far and wide for over 35 years.

Norman said: “He had been going down to Glasgow from he was about 14 or 15 with a few boys from the Broch to watch Celtic.”

Local Celtic and rangers had previously contested an annual match on a regular basis but no match had taken place in the past 25 years.

Norman said: “We had always spoken about it but we never got it going, we still have a trophy for it.

“But now we’ve decided we would get this game back up and going and it would be a good thing to have.

“We got the Rangers lads involved and it’s going ahead on the 27th.”

Kick-off for the James Sutherland Memorial match will take place at 1pm at K essock Park in Fraserburgh, with all proceeds going to Fraserburgh Lifeboat, with which Suds’ family is heavily involved.

Norman said: “We’re carrying on the Celtic tradition of fundraising and giving money to local charities.”

There will be post match refreshments at The Galleon from 3pm.

Norman said: “It will be a good day for everbody and a good game of football.”

He added: “There’s not really enough of this type of thing happening - people die and they get forgotten about.

“It’s not until you start going to funerals of guys that are the same age as you that you think that everyday is a blessing.”