Suds Memorial Cup raises £3.5k

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An Old Firm football game in memory of a Fraserburgh man who died last year has raised over £3,500 for charity.

James ‘Suds’ Sutherland died in March 2015 aged 51 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour at the end of 2014.

Last year friends of Suds began an annual charity football game in his memory, raising £3803 for Fraserburgh Lifeboat.

The second Suds Memorial Cup, held on December 11, raised over £3,500 which will be shared between the Buy Beniah campaign and Fraserburgh Lifeboat.

Norman Reid, who helped organise the match, said: “[The] game went really well yesterday.

“4-4 at full time, Rangers won 7-6 on penalties”

In the game Celtic took a 1-0 lead early on before Rangers came back strong to go 3-1 up before half time.

Celtic came out strong in the second half and Rangers could not cope with the pace and movement of the Buchan Bhoys.

Celtic pulled it back to 3-3 before Rangers added a fourth against the run of play, Celtic quickly equalized and pressed for a winner, full time came to quick and it ended 4-4.

Norman said: “Rangers had a strong team with Highland League Russel McBride holding them together at the back as well as most of the top junior and amateur players from the area.”

A spokesperson for Fraserburgh Lifeboat said: “The event was a fitting tribute to James Sutherland, a lifelong Celtic Supporter in whose memosry the Suds Memorial Cup was set up.

“After James died in 2015 after a short illness his friends arranged a football match between local Celtic and Rangers supporters and raised nearly £4,000 for Fraserburgh RNLI with whom James had very strong family connections.”