Celtic and Sharks celebrate memory of Ben

Dewsbury Celtic and Shaw Cross Sharks will go head to head at Crow Nest Park this Saturday afternoon (2.30pm), in the second Ben Restall Memorial Trophy.

The clubs met last year in a pre-season friendly in memory of the Celtic youngster Ben Restall, who passed away from bone cancer at the end of 2015, aged 17.

Both clubs are eager to honour the memory of Ben and are aiming to make the game an annual event. Last year the clubs raised over £1,000 for the Friends in Deed charity.

Dewsbury Celtic head coach Danny Thomas is glad that both clubs have decided to hold another fixture in Ben’s memory.

“We have four or five lads who played with Ben, they all grew up together and spent 10 years together at the club, it is an emotional day for them having lost their best mate,” said Thomas.

“It’s a great idea to have the game, we will play a lot of our young lads and give them a run-out. If there is anything to raise some money and awareness of cancer then it’s a good thing.”

Shaw Cross head coach Brett Turner (pictured right) will be prepared for a fierce game on the field but says that the rivalry will be put to one side as the clubs come together to remember Ben.

He said: “It’s a friendly in name, but it is a derby at the end of the day so everyone wants to win.

“They have a young enthusiastic side, just like we have, so it should be a good spectacle, there is a unity between the clubs, it is absolutely tragic what happened to Ben.

“Rivalries get pushed aside at times and hopefully this can be an ongoing thing for years to come, this is only the second year and hopefully it will be a good day for Ben’s family.”


Junior teams from Dewsbury Moor, Birstall Victoria, Shaw Cross Sharks and Dewsbury Celtic will all take part in an under-8s festival before the clash between Shaw Cross and Celtic. 

The under-10 teams of both Celtic and Sharks will also be in action against each other on Saturday (11.30am).

There will be an auction held after the game to help raise money. A Liverpool FC shirt signed by Ian Rush, a Leeds Rhinos shirt signed by the Rhinos squad and a Hull FC shirt will be some of the items up for auction.

Batley Bulldogs and Dewsbury Rams have also donated one set of family tickets for any Batley or Dewsbury game this season, while Castleford Tigers have also donated a signed kids shirt.

Anyone who wants one of the items but is unable to attend on Saturday can still bid by messaging the Dewsbury Celtic Facebook page with their highest offer.

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