Ellon hockey club pays tribute to former player

Players and former team-mates of Andrew Smith who took part in a fundraising match organised by Ellon Men's Hockey Club.
Players and former team-mates of Andrew Smith who took part in a fundraising match organised by Ellon Men's Hockey Club.

A CHARITY fundraising match organised by Ellon Men’s Hockey Club in memory of a former player has raised £1,400.

Father-of-four Andrew Smith, from Newburgh, died in March aged 31, just six months after being diagnosed with skin cancer.

The game was played at the Meadows on Sunday and benefited Macmillan Cancer Care. It featured former school team members who returned from far and wide to honour the memory of their ex-team-mate.

Around 30 past and present players took part in the game, which was attended by members of Andrew’s family.

The Ellon club’s honorary president, Colin Gallacher, said: “It was a fitting tribute to Andy. I have visited his mum and dad and they were moved that so many people turned up for him.

“We are delighted to have raised £1,400 which came from raffles and various donations. We would like to thank everyone who supported the event.”

He added that club member Fred Dick had been actively involved in organising the raffle and securing donations from local firms and individuals.

Andrew began his career with with the Ellon Academy team and was a member of the victorious Scottish Youth Cup-winning team before moving up to the Ellon Men’s first team, making his debut in National Leagues at the age of 16.

He then moved on to Granite City Wanderers and played for them in their National League side until his illness took its toll.

Members of the Aberdeen side attended Sunday’s fundraiser which attracted a large crowd, including some from outwith the Ellon club.