By James Grayson (Twitter: @jamesAgrayson)
Three Rawdon brothers are aiming to raise more money than ever before when they hold their annual charity football match in July in memory of their grandfather.
The Nightingale brothers, Lewis, 23, and twins James and Oliver, both 20, have held the match at Rawdon Old Boys since 2011 after their grandfather Malcolm Green passed away from Cancer in September 2010.
The match, which was originally intended as a one-off, sees Lewis field a side against a side picked by his two brothers.
All proceeds go to Cancer Research UK and the trio hope to surpass the previous two years’ total.
Lewis said: “We thought it would be for only one year, but since it was been a massive success, we have done it every year.
“In the first year we raised £1,500 and in the second year we passed that by £60 or £70 so this year we are looking to raise about £2,000.
“We are pushing to raise as much as we can and also double the number of supporters here for the game.
“We hit 150-200 people coming down last year and we’re looking at more this year.”
Lewis is a former Huddersfield Town first year professional who currently plays for Mossley in the Evo Stik Division One North has used his football contacts book to bring ex-professionals to Rawdon for the game.
Ex Blackpool man Simon Wiles will play and FC United of Manchester striker Tom Greaves is likely to feature.
Scarborough Athletic and former Bradford City forward David Brown appeared in last year’s game.
But, the main concern for Lewis is raising money and the effect the match has on the village and his family.
He added: “It gets really competitive and it’s a good day for the village.
“A lot of our family come up, but it unites the whole community.
“A lot of people come down and help out like helping to get the pitch ready.
“Our mum and day support us as much as they can as they think it is a really good idea.”
The match takes place at Rawdon Old Boys Football Club on Sunday 21st July at 1.00pm.
People can donate at http://www.justgiving.com/Lewis-Nightingale