28 Burnley FC fans enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience yesterday evening they played a game of football on the Turf Moor pitch – and helped to raise £3,689.10 for the Clarets’ official charity.
Those who took part had each placed the highest bid for their chosen position in either the Burnley Home or Burnley Away teams – there were 16 full game positions and 12 half game substitute positions available – via Burnley FC in the Community’s eBay page.
Arriving at Turf Moor, the players were introduced to their team managers and match officials before heading to their respective changing rooms to change into their personalised Burnley FC kits.
On what was a balmy spring evening, the players enjoyed a game of fast-paced football inside the famous home of the Clarets.
The entertaining game, watched by family and friends, ended 3-2 to Burnley Home with a goal from Connor Gildert and brace from Sam Sutton.
Players were then offered a meal before a Man of the Match presentation. All players also received a medal and a certificate for their efforts.
Burnley FC in the Community would like to thank all those who took part in the Play on the Turf event. All funds raised from the event will go to supporting Burnley FC in the Community’s non-profit work in East Lancashire.
Burnley Home: Bradley; Gildert (Goalscorer), Tootill, Davis, Lawson, Smith (OG); Kilpatrick, Wilson, Taylor, Hirst, Mitchell; Danaher, McNamara; Sutton (x2 Goalscorer).
Burnley Away: Smith; Aspinall, Burnett, Rudden, Wildon, Dallimore; Quigley, Taylor, Cooper, Smith, McIntosh (Goalscorer); Moorhouse, Bennett, Burrows.
Man of the Match Home – Sam Sutton
Man of the Match Away – Matthew Aspinall
Referee: Ian Fraser
Assistant Referee: Tom Clarke
Assistant Referee: George Irvine
To find out more about Burnley FC in the Community, please visit www.burnleyfccommuntiy.org.