Thanks to the big hearts and strong resolve of a group of local lads, Bank Holiday Monday saw a fundraiser match played at Wythenshawe Town FC to raise money for the victims and families of the Manchester bomb attack.
Following a message to the football club's Facebook page from Shane McDaid, asking whether the club could help facilitate a game of football to raise money to help those affected by the horrific events of the night of Monday 22nd May, plans were swiftly put into action to get a fundraising match arranged.
The response was amazing on both sides; Shane along with Josh and Mason were quick to rally round to get a team together for the day and #togetherFC was born - yes, they had never all played as a team before until the day of the match! Wythenshawe Town also worked quickly to get a youth side together that consisted of some first team players as well as ex-professional Central Defender Efe Sodje, who made a first-half appearance.
After a poignant minute's silence, the game kicked off and any nerves on the side of the visitors were soon left on the sidelines as they got stuck into what was a great game of football. Wythenshawe Town XI started scoring early but #togetherFC held their nerve and bagged a goal late on in the first half to make it 4-1 to the home side at half time.
All in the spirit of coming together, shirts were swapped over at half time with some of Wythenshawe Town XI playing on the #togetherFC side. Despite some phenomenal goalkeeping from Kane in the #togetherFC net, the final score of the game was 11-1 to Wythenshawe Town XI.
Thanks to a kind donation from local trophy supplier Thomson Trophies, a Cup was awarded to the winning team and medals with black and yellow ribbon to symbolise the Manchester bee were handed out at the end of the match.
And some of the skills on show from the #togetherFC side didn't go unnoticed, with players being invited to trial for Wythenshawe Town's youth teams for the forthcoming season.
There were no winners and no losers on the day, just young lads coming together in good spirit to play football, remember and raise money for those who suffered on that horrific night. Football has the power to bring people together, to bind communities and make a difference. It certainly did that on Monday 29th May.
As well as the football, family members of the lads of #togetherFC were outside the football club raising extra money with a cake stall, tombola, bric-a-brac as well as offering henna tattoos. A fantastic total of £510.60 was raised for the Manchester Evening News official JustGiving page.