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Charity football match in memory of ‘Big Frank’

Thursday, 8 June 2017

A CHARITY football match in memory of one of the leading figues in the Strabane football community is to take place at the Melvin Sports Complex, Strabane, on Saturday afternoon.

The game will be played in memory of Frank Hendry, who passed away in September of last year. A true gentleman, community figure and football fanatic, Frank dedicated so much of his time and energy into giving the young people of Strabane an opportunity to play football. He was at the helm of numerous football teams over the decades, including Mourne Celtic, who he managed for many years with great success.

Frank worked tirelessly, without the need for fanfare. He also organised Strabane Summer Cups for youth and men's teams, and was very passionate about nourishing local footballing talent. He was a big figure in many ways and his loss to the community of Strabane is felt still.

Many who played for Frank at some point will be taking part in the charity match. A Mourne Celtic Legends XI will take on a Mourne Celtic XI. The game kicks off at 2pm and all funds raised will be in aid of Foyle Hospice.

Events will move later in the evening to Dicey Riley's, where a charity table quiz will be held at 9pm. This will be followed by a special 80's themed disco upstairs in Dicey's Garage venue, where admission is £5. Sheets are currently available in the bar with lines being sold for a draw with fantastic prizes kindly donated by local businesses. The draw will take place at 10pm in Dicey's.

Prizes included two tickets for either a Liverpool or Manchester United game during the forthcoming 2017/18 season, sponsored by Adrian Nicholl and Keith Gordon; a £50 sports voucher sponsored by Raymond McGoldrick; a £35 full body massage sponsored by KP Doherty; a £20 Boots voucher sponsored by Nuala Kerr; a £20 Sandwich Company voucher sponsored by Gary Wallace; a £20 massage and a bottle of vodka sponsored by Brian Coyle, and a case of Coors sponsored by Dicey's.

Saturday promises to be a wonderful day and evening in memory of a gentleman simply known locally as 'Big Frank', and all in aid of a very special cause.

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