Football rivalries will be put to good use next month to raise funds for two children’s festivals this summer.
A Bo’ness Over 30s select will take on a Linlithgow Over 30s select, with the proceeds of the match being donated to Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Galaday, and the Bo’ness Fair.
The game will be played at Newtown Park in Bo’ness on Sunday, May 4, at noon. Entry is by donation at the gate on the day.
Up for grabs are two trophies - as well as the Over 30s Challenge trophy. the Simpson Memorial Cup will also be awarded to the winning team. It was created in memory of George Simpson, who was involved with Bo’ness United but lived in Linlithgow.
Tom Burns, Bo’ness Fair committee member, said: “It was originally for an annual match between Bo’ness United and Linlithgow Rose but it hasn’t been played for about five or six years because of the rivalry.
‘‘The teams decided to stop playing the match until things calmed down so we asked the family if we could introduce it to the Over 30s game and they agreed so we are grateful to them for that. ”
This will be the fourth time the match has been played, with Bo’ness leading with two wins to one.
David Paterson, representing Linlithgow, says that this year his team are out to settle the score.
He said: “We have got some new young blood in the team this year.
“Last year Tom’s team were all so young we had to get a bouncy castle and magician in at half time to keep them entertained.’’