On Friday night (25 July), Tow Law Town’s Ironworks Road ground was bathed in sunshine for a special charity match to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
‘The President’s Cup’ was contested by former and current Northern League players and supporters. It raised £1,090 for the charity and Tow Law Town’s President, Lady Elsie Robson, thoroughly enjoyed the game, which finished 2-2 and was settled on penalties.
Lady Elsie says: “We had a wonderful evening and I’ve never known it to be so hot at Tow Law.
“I’m proud to be President of this football club. They’ve done so much to support the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the people here are so sincere and friendly.
“We’re grateful to everyone who helped organise this event and to everyone who contributed. To have raised more than £1,000 is a magnificent achievement.”
‘The Lawyers’ previously organised a popular pre-season charity game, which ran for nine years until 2012. Lady Elsie was honoured to accept the Presidency of the Northern League club late last year and, in celebration, the club brought back their charity match, now titled The President’s Cup.
Tow Law Town credits Lady Elsie’s husband, Sir Bobby, for saving the club from financial ruin in 2001 as gate receipts plummeted during the Foot and Mouth crisis.
The then Newcastle United manager helped with several fundraising events and the money raised was enough to keep the club afloat.
The President’s Cup was staged with the kind permission of the Durham Football Association.