More than 50 former football players have taken part in a charity match in honour of their ailing friend.
Kenny Williams, a stalwart of Sunday and amateur league football in the north-east, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2015.
The ex-taxi driver was a defender for Moorings, Kemnay Amateurs and Stoneywood Amateurs, among others.
Friends of the 56-year-old thought a match might be a good chance to raise some much-needed cash for motor neurone disease, as well as allowing Kenny to have a catch-up with friends from his playing days.
The ageing group took to the pitch yesterday at Balmoral Stadium, home of Highland League team Cove Rangers, who donated the facility free of charge.
After the game, an aching Adrian Bremner, who helped organised the event, said: “It was very good, it really, really was.
“We’ve raised a lot of money for motor neurone disease.
“It’s been a few years since I last played so I’m struggling to walk.
“My team managed to win in the end, 7-4.
“It was end-to-end stuff but was all played in good spirits.”
To Adrian, the turnout was testament to the popularity of Kenny.
He said: “It’s all Kenny – it really speaks volumes to the type of person he is.
“Part of it was so that we could all see people from the old days, but it was mostly for Kenny. Everyone appreciated him as a player and as a person, and it’s an absolutely horrible thing that’s happened to him.”
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According to Adrian, Kenny was “emotional” before the match, as friend and former EE sports editor Charlie Allan read out a speech on his behalf.
Through Charlie, Kenny said: “I really appreciate the fact that everyone is here. I live for the day now and I’m sure I’ll enjoy this day more than most.
“I had the honour of playing with and against most of you and it means a lot to me that you’re here.”
Adrian was keen to thank Cove Rangers for their part in the game.
He said: “It was really good of them to let us use the pitch, it was a nice thing that they did.
“Half of us weren’t too happy about it though because the pitch is absolutely massive.”