The annual Paul McGrillen Cup took place on Saturday 25th May to raise awareness and funds for Show Racism the Red Card.
Paul McGrillen was a popular footballer who sadly took his own life in 2009. Paul had played professionally for Falkrik and Motherwell. Over the last 3 years former pupils of Paul's school, Holyrood Secondary’s, football team have reunited and contested the Paul McGrillen Cup, a 5-a-side football tournament in memory of their friend and team mate. Organised by David Elliot with assistance from Stephen Phimister and Gavin Lanigan, the tournament is a chance for former school mates of Paul’s to get together and remember their friend also raising money and awareness of different charities.
Over 30 of Paul’s former school team mates came along to Pro-soccer at Roukenglen Park on Glasgow’s south side to take part in the hotly contested cup. The 5 aside tournament got underway under sunny skies, with the teams running out in Show Racism the Red Card t shirts, and a great day was had by all that took part. The tournament was supported by Paul’s wife, Michelle and children Joshua and Chloe. Michelle and Chloe came along on the day as well as Paul's dad, Peter to support the guys taking part. The cup was presented by Celtic Legend, Davie Hay to the winning team.
David Elliot said “This year we have more former pupils from Holyrood Secondary reuniting to take part than ever in the Paul McGrillen Cup 5 aside tournament and I can’t think of a more fitting tribute to Paul. It is a fun day and an excellent way of raising awareness for the charity Show Racism the Red Card.”
Show racism the Red Card would like to thank David Elliot and all the former Holyrood pupils who participated in the Paul McGrillen Cup which raised £675 for Show Racism the Red Card.