Former Imps to star in charity football match

A team including former Lincoln City players will feature in a charity football match in memory of Peter Burr this week.

Peter died suddenly due to a heart attack two years ago. His son Gary Burr wanted to show his support of the British Heart Foundation where he is fundraising manager so he set up a charity football team called BHF FC.

The team aim to play three games a year to raise awareness and fundraise for the British Heart Foundation whilst also competing for the Peter Burr Memorial Cup.

Peter Burr

The fourth edition of the Peter Burr Memorial Cup will be held at Lincoln United FC’s ground Ashby Avenue on Friday, March 1.

BHF FC will take on the Lincoln City Former Players Association with the match kicking off at 7.3pm.

Tickets are priced at £2 per adult and free for under-16s with donations welcome.

The match will feature some memorable names associated with the Imps including Simon Yeo, Dean West, John Schofield, Gavin Gordon and Danny and Mark Hone.

The Peter Burr Memorial Cup will be played on Friday (March 1).

Hot food and refreshments will be available. In addition to the match there will be a raffle on the night featuring 34 prizes including a signed Lincoln City football and Bolton Wanderers shirt, a £100 Tesco gift card and an Amazon Kindle.

There will also be a silent auction in the lead up to the match for a private dining experience for four with award winning chef Darren Rogan worth £350.

BHF FC played against the University of Lincoln in April 2018.

The match has been organised by Gary with over £4,000 raised for charity in previous events. This year they are aiming to beat the 2018 total of £2,000 raised for the British Heart Foundation.

Gary said: “We play a number of games a year raising awareness and fundraising for The British Heart Foundation and it is a real privilege to be playing for The Peter Burr Memorial Cup against the Lincoln City Former Players Association.”

Chair of Lincoln City Former Players Association Trevor Swinburne and match organiser Gary Burr.

Former Imp Gavin Gordon added: “I’m excited and honoured to be involved in supporting such a great charity on behalf of the Lincoln City Football Players Association.

“Everyone, I’m sure, has unfortunately been affected or may know someone who has suffered from heart problems, and the British Heart Foundation are doing some great work to help reduce this. I’d urge all fans of football to come along and see some of your favourite players playing and supporting a great cause.”

BHF FC will be looking to play around three matches a year.

Anyone wishing to participate in the silent auction should contact Gary on 07812087804 or via email at [email protected]

A goalkeeper diving to try and make a save in one of the previous matches.

Donations can be made on the charity match’s JustGiving page here or by text with BHFA53 £5 to 70070. The page has so far raised over £200 at the time of writing.