Marathon match to raise Katharine House Hospice funds

Paschal OSullivan, Terri Fisher and club founder Mick O Driscoll with some of the players
Paschal OSullivan, Terri Fisher and club founder Mick O Driscoll with some of the players

Banbury Irish Football Club will be raising money for Katharine House Hospice the only way they know how – by playing football with a difference.

On Sunday, July 9, the club’s players, managers and coaches will play a five-hour charity marathon match at Wardington sports field.

The club, set up in 1993, is one of the largest in town with about 150 players on its books who will all be involved in the marathon match.

Playing seven aside, each team will play a 30 minute game before the next two teams come on to the pitch and pick up the game from where it left off. The club promises that during the five hours there will be no time where either a team or a ball is not on the pitch.

The family day has been organised by the club’s social committee to coincide with their signing on day, and will include stalls and children’s rides.

Terri Fisher, coach and committee member , said: “Banbury Irish decided this year to do a year’s fundraising for Katharine House. The family day match will be the biggest event.

“The first hour will be coaches verses managers with rolling subs. Then from 11am the children will start to play.”

Paschal O’Sullivan, chairman of the club said: “It’s about bringing everyone together. The door isn’t closed to anyone.”

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