Published: 17/02/2017 14:43 - Updated: 17/02/2017 14:57

Darren Strong has great night for charities

Written byChris Saunderson

BUCKIE goalkeeping coach Darren Strong enjoyed a "fantastic" testimonial game against an Aberdeen XI.

Darren Strong is applauded on to the pitch with his son Daniel (right) and step children Lucy and Aiden. Photos: Becky Saunderson.
Darren Strong is applauded on to the pitch with his son Daniel (right) and step children Lucy and Aiden. Photos: Becky Saunderson.

Strong (35) and his Jags' team-mates, with special guest goalkeeper Kevin Main, were raising money for four charities - CLIC Sargent, the Archie Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Support and Breast Cancer UK.

They lost 2-1 to a youthful Aberdeen squad on Thursday night but the main focus was on the Buckie fans in the crowd of more than 350 saying thank you to Strong for ten years of service and for Strong to say thank you in return for their support.

Darren applauds the fans as he leaves the pitch in the second half.
Darren applauds the fans as he leaves the pitch in the second half.

His son Daniel, who has overcome a brain tumour to lead a full life, and partner Angela, who has been treated for breast cancer, were also in attendance.

Daniel and Angela's children Aiden and Lucy helped make it a special night for Darren who played more than 60 minutes before being replaced by his close friend and former team-mate Main.

Darren said: "It was great to pull on the gloves again and I made a couple of saves. There is still life in the old dog yet. A big thank you to Aberdeen for putting through such a squad and to Buckie for embracing it.

"We had a special strip tonight and we put on the website we were looking for sponsors and within five hours all 22 strips were sold."

For more pictures from the game see Tuesday's Banffshire Advertiser.

Pretty in pink: Robert Scott and Drew Copeland in action in the special charity shirts.
Pretty in pink: Robert Scott and Drew Copeland in action in the special charity shirts.
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