St Cadoc’s charity dinner

IT IS that time of year again when some of Scottish football’s biggest names gather to celebrate St Cadocs.

Tomorrow, the charity sportsman’s dinner will include a speech from BBC funnyman Tam Cowan.

One of the most famous names in Scottish football history will be in attendance, as Celtic’s European cup winning captain Billy McNeil MBE is the guest of honour.

While former Scotland international and Celtic star Tosh McKinlay will also be addressing the audience.

The other side of the old firm will be represented by controversial former Rangers’ vice chairman Donald Findlay QC.

The club hopes to build on the success of last year’s dinner, which raised an amazing £14,000 for St Andrew’s Hospice, BOBATH Scotland, the Beatson Institute, Women’s Aid and St Cadoc’s youth club.

The charities set to benefit from this year’s dinner will be St Andrew’s Hospice, Fighting Against Cancer in Edinburgh and Celtic charity foundation.

Attendees will have the chance to bid for their own piece of football history with a number of items available in the charity auction, including a signed Lionel Messi Barcelona shirt.

There’s also a Scotland top worn and signed by Scotland striker Kenny Miller and a framed picture of Bobby Moore and Pele at the 1970 World Cup, signed by the one and only Pele.

The final item is a framed Manchester City top with signatures by any three Manchester City players of your choice.

While the top prize in the raffle is a framed Craig Levein Scotland jersey signed by the Scotland squad.

Team secretary Liam O’Donnell told The Extra: “We hope all attendees have a great night whilst in the process raising funds for lots of good causes and the youth club.

“A special thank you must go to all our speakers and guest of honour for not charging any fee for their appearance.

“This is greatly appreciated”.

Just six years ago the club had just 80 primary players but now more than 400 kids of all ages from across the southside play each week, with a number of honours already won by the club .

Many of the club’s alumni have progressed to pro youth football.

The dinner kicks off at 7pm at the Redhurt hotel, for more info e-mail liamodonnell@btinternet.com.