Youdan boss unites Glasgow fans to help fundraiser John Burkhill

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UPDATED 13.09 

A Sheffield-based Glaswegian is set to do what few people have ever done back in Scotland – unite fans of both the city’s football clubs and get them behind a common cause!

Jock Waugh, who is behind Sheffield’s Youdan Trophy, has successfully enlisted commitment from fans of both teams to get behind his campaign to raise money for Macmillan fundraiser John Burkhill after he suffered alleged abuse at the hands of Rangers fans earlier last month.

Both Rangers and Celtic competed in the third year of the renowned city-based competition earlier last month which celebrates the oldest tournament in the world and brings 900 players from some of the world’s biggest clubs to the Steel City.

Jock Waugh said: “Sheffield now has a great relationship with both Glasgow clubs thanks to their participation in the Youdan Trophy and it would be sad to see this marred by this alleged incident.

“Being a lifelong Celtic fan made me only too glad to bring their supporters to the table and help to add even more to the pot already started by Rangers supporters.”

Jock, in conjunction with the Celtic FC Foundation, have also donated a limited edition Celtic artwork by famed sports artist Paul Trevillion which celebrates the team’s historic European Cup win in 1967 and is worth over £500. This piece was commissioned as part of the Lisbon Lions 50thAnniversary celebrations and forms part of the ‘Lions Legacy’.

Jock Waugh has already auctioned a ball signed by the Rangers first team and donated by the Glasgow club.

John Burkhill said: “Rangers fans have already been brilliant in their support and what Jock Waugh and the Youdan Trophy are doing will bring me yet nearer to my target of raising £1million for Macmillan. I’m so very grateful for everyone involved.”

You can bid for Celtic print here:

Celtic print - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Limited-edition-framed-Celtic-print-/112562315524

Sheffield-based You-Are-The-Ref.com, which is the world's leading independent authority and education platform for match officials, are behind the creation of the Youdan Trophy which celebrates football’s first ever tournament; the Football Challenge Cup presented by Thomas Youdan Esq. which was played only once in 1867 at Bramall Lane.

You can also follow the Youdan Trophy on Twitter (@YoudanTrophy), Instagram (@YoudanTrophy) and Facebook (@YoudanTrophy).

The Youdan Trophy was delivered in partnership with Marketing Sheffield, University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, The Children’s Hospital Charity, Roundabout and The Star.

The ‘not for profit’ Youdan Trophy recently launched a ‘Just Giving’ page to help fund its future development. Donations can be made at: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/youdan

More information from www.youdantrophy.com