Fundraising - Charity Football Match in memory of Brian Smith for the Teddy Bear Foundation

The memory of a talented young footballer burns that much brighter – thanks to the generosity and courage of his loving family. Ronnie and Anne Smith and their daughter Claire are still grieving the loss of their son and brother, Brian, in 2012.

The former footballer with Clydebank Juniors FC died suddenly and dad Ronnie received the tragic news on Father’s Day.


But for the past three years – around the time of his anniversary – The Smiths have organised a charity football match in his memory. And the Teddy Bear Foundation has benefitted to the tune of thousands of pounds.

As well as helping the family through their grief, Ronnie Smith wanted special needs kids to be helped in the process, as Brian was very fond of children.

Two previous games have been held on Father’s Day, as that was the day they were told their boy had died. This year, that was not possible because of the commitments of many of the people who were expected to turn up.

Still, the game went ahead a week before Father’s Day and became a resounding success. Held at Maryhill Juniors pitch in Glasgow, the game raised an incredible £886 on the day.

A social event took place after the game at the junior club’s premises and various fund-raising events were held. There is currently £452 on a Just Giving page established by Lynne McManus and a further £400 raised by a ‘Dress Down Day’ organised in Dunfermline by Chas Smart, the wife of Brian’s best friend. A total of £1738.

Said Ronnie:”Everyone enjoyed themselves. We had a good day. “A friend of a friend managed to obtain Scotland player James McArthur’s shirt from the match with Qatar and that raised £200. “It’s not practical to hold the game on Brian’s anniversary - June 17 – because one year it’s a Monday, then it’s a Tuesday. “Holding it on Father’s Day means it will always be a Sunday and more people can attend. “If we hold it again next year, it will definitely be on Father’s Day.” 

Ronnie Smith holds the Scotland top sold at auction for £200.

Maryhill Juniors donated their pitch for the Brian Smith Memorial Match.

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