Thousands of pounds raised for charity at ‘Gregor’ tournament

Gregor Smith Tournament
Gregor Smith Tournament

OVER £4000 was raised at a football tournament held in memory of 13 year-old Gregor Smith at Kirkcaldy’s Ravenscraig Park.

Sunday’s tournament was also staged as a fundraiser for Meningitis UK.

Eight teams from around the Kirkcaldy area battled it out in two round-robin style leagues.

The event was hosted by Gregor’s team, Kirkcaldy United 1998s.

The 1998s league was won by St John’s, who enjoyed a 2-0 victory over St John’s Rovers in the final, whilst the youngsters from Kirkcaldy Colts enjoyed a 2-1 third-fourth place play-off victory over the hosts.

The top scorer trophy was awarded to Dylan Gilmour of St John’s Rovers and the coaches’ choice trophy was proudly collected by Sam Brough of Kirkcaldy United.

The 1999 league featured a Kirkcaldy United Invitation XI, made up of boys who previously played with Gregor and who have since moved on to other teams, but were brought back together for one last competition under their old coaching team of John Gavin and Dave Galloway.

Gregor’s old teammates finished a respectable third place in the 1999s league, which saw a dramatic finish with St John’s Lions scoring an equaliser in the last minute of normal time against Kennoway United, before winning 5-4 in a nail biting penalty shoot-out.

The top goal scorer of the league was St John’s Lions’ Ben Rolland and the coaches’ choice trophy was awarded to Ross Mutch from Kennoway United.

Gregor’s Dad, George Smith, who helped coach Kirkcaldy United on the day, said: “The Gregor Smith Tournament was a great tribute to my wee man, and I know he would have loved to play in it.

“Apart from raising such a great amount, all the boys had a fantastic day with lots of good football on show.”

He thanked all involved, particularly Gregor’s formercoach, Alistair Johnston: “Without his dedicated organising and friendship the event would not have taken place,” he said.