Carstairs Church team takes on Dukla Pumpherston

CELEBRITIES including BBC football pundit Chick Young and Solidarity politician Tommy Sheridan starred in the Dukla Pumpherston team which beat Carstairs Church 6-2 in a charity football clash at Carnwath Football Ground on Sunday.

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Chick and Tommy showed off their skills in front of a terrific crowd of around 300 spectators, on a day organised by Carstairs Church Minister Alan Gibson which raised an impressive 1400 for local good causes.

Chick (59), a Dukla Pumpherston stalwart for 22 years, belied his age by stroking the ball around in midfield and urging on his team-mates.

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He said: "What a brilliant day that was. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

"I hadn't been confident of winning beforehand. The only thing I was confident about was going for a beer after the game!

"I'm the youth policy of the team. I don't really play in a position, tending instead to play in what's known as the 'mess about' area!

"Dukla Pumpherston played their first game way back in 1988, when the Variety Club of Great Britain phoned me to ask if I could get some celebs together to play football.

"We played our first game at Firhill, and since then have been around the world to places including Cuba, Brazil, Hong Kong and Europe.

"We have had a great laugh along the way."

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