Dons to challenge The Hive at Glenury

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Aberdeen Football Club have agreed to take part in a fund-raising fixture in a bid to raise cash for those affected by the Stonehaven floods that devestated the town at the end of last year.

The Dons will take on junior opponents Stonehaven Football Club at the end of this month.

The SPL club will make the journey to Glenury Park to take on the North Junior Superleague team and it’s understood that Craig Brown will be sending his under-20 squad, but there’s hopes that some of the Dons’ bigger stars will be making an appearance.

The match, which will take place on Sunday, March 31, at 1.30pm, will pass over every penny raised through ticket sales towards the Stonehaven Flood Relief Fund.

Organisers of the event said they will be working flat out to get as many fans through the gate as possible as these are the sort of opporunities that don’t come along too often.

While the Stonehaven lads will be tightening their boots for the big performance, they appreciate the charity aspect is more important than the final outcome.

It’s been mentioned that Craig Brown and Archie Knox will be in attendance on the day but it is expected to be youth coach Neil Cooper who will be taking the team, though this has not been officially confirmed.

Neale Scott from Stonehaven FC Committee, said: “The initial idea for the game came from our coach Ian Esslemont who has contacts at Pittodrie and he felt that there was a good chance that Aberdeen would send a team down with all the ticket money from any potential game going directly to the Stonehaven Flood Relief Fund.

“Even before the game had officially been revealed there had already been rumours going around the town and, in turn, numerous requests for tickets, so it would appear that there is definitely a big buzz about the game.

‘‘Hopefully with that we can pack Glenury Park on the day and ensure that we make as much money as possible to help the people affected.

“The backing of the local public and our loyal fans is absolutely vital to the continued success of our club and, given the recent events, anything we can do to help raise money and give something back to those who have supported us can only be a good thing.’’

The Hive are looking forward to welcoming AFC to their home turf, and Neale added: “It goes without saying that we are absolutely delighted that Aberdeen F.C have agreed to take part in the game and we hope that they enjoy it as much as the townspeople and all involved with Stonehaven FC undoubtedly will.”

Tickets for the game are now on sale and early indications are that there will be a good crowd in attendance. They cost £10 for adults and £5 for children and are available by contacting stonehavenjfc@hotmail.co.uk.

There will also be a fund-raising raffle and donations will be hugely appreciated, details of which can be obtained by emailing the address above.