On the eve of the recent Ireland v England international, Bective Rangers FC played Hammersmith & Fulham RFC, in a Vets (Over 35’s) friendly on the back pitch in Donnybrook…
Hammersmith & Fulham RFC is the former club of the late great Stuart Mangan, and under the stewardship of Captain Chris Hunt raised approximately €;50,000, a remarkable amount, for both the English RFU Charitable Trust and The IRFU Charitable Trust for injured rugby players both in England and Ireland.
The game itself was a close affair with the English team winning by eight tries to six.
All the players stayed on to watch the Ireland v England ‘Legends’ game on the main pitch in Donnybrook, followed by a memorable sing-song in the Bective Clubhouse. The highlight of the day for many was the sing-song led by Shane Byrne and Trevor Brennan in Kielys of Donnybrook.
The Bective team hope to make a return trip to Hammersmith & Fulham RFC next year.
Many thanks to referee Eamonn Sayers, Bective Manager Johnny Vaughan, Captain Kevin O’Brien, Alan Dolan and Michael Davitt for a great day