LIVERSEDGE FC are pledging 50 per cent of the gate receipts from their Boxing Day clash with Athersley Recreation to a fund set up in aid of five-year-old Zack Barrett.
Zack, whose parents were raised in Mirfield, is suffering from a rare form of brain tumour and Zack’s Memory Fund was set up to provide the youngster’s family with the financial support necessary to provide him with some special memories.
Liversedge fan Jimmy Dean, who earlier this year used social media to get hundreds of fans down to Clayborn, is the man behind the fundraising idea. He hopes it will be second time lucky as he sets out to break the club’s long-standing record attendance of 986, which was set back in the 1940s.
Dean’s campaign attracted 600 people to Liversedge’s midweek fixture with Bridlington back in October, but he’s hoping more people will show their support this time round.
Dean said: “I understand it’s a busy time of the year but it’s for a really good cause and I really do need the help of everyone, whether they’re Liversedge fans or not.
“We had 600 people for a game in October, with the help of social media, and anything near the same would be an amazing result.
“There’s a licensed clubhouse so you can have a drink (after all, it is Christmas). Lovely food is also available and all in a great family atmosphere.
“There’s goalposts set up at the side of the pitch where kids can kick a ball about and the ground is fully enclosed.
“The fund the club is supporting is a means of helping the family create some amazing memories with the time they have left together and give them financial support so they can spend all their hours together.
“It’s a time for giving, amazing things are already happening locally so let’s do our bit too.
“It’s a perfect opportunity to blow away the Christmas Day cobwebs, enjoy a drink, some food and of course the football, all for a great cause.”
Liversedge’s Northern Counties East League Premier Division clash with Athersley kicks off at 3pm on Boxing Day at Clayborn.
Admissions are £5 adults, £2.50 under 16s and OAPs, anyone aged 12 or under goes free.
The club are also offering a special ‘family ticket’ allowing groups of six to gain entry for just £10.