Bradford schools under 19 footballers have finally found a venue for their much-vaunted clash against their Glaswegian rivals.

As reported last week in the Keighley News team coach Paul Ryan was frustrated at not being able to provide a pitch for the annual match between the two sides. But now the efforts of a local referee mean the Bradford team will be able to stage the match in style.

Derek Needham, whose son Dave is a sixth former at Oakbank school where Paul Ryan teaches, has arranged for the long standing fixture to be played at Eccleshill United. He has also arranged for a strip, made in the Bradford City FC colours, to be supplied by Sports Bulk Suppliers.

Paul says: "He's quite disgusted that we are struggling to get a ground. He has really done his best for us."

Derek, of Oakworth, says: "It's an important game and it's important the school boys get involved in this. I have been involved with it a couple of times before and it's a fabulous game.

"It's great for Bradford to be associated with Glasgow in this way. Most of the Scottish lads who play for Glasgow are also internationals so it's good for the Bradford lads to play at this level."

He also says he is disappointed Bradford as a city does not seem to want to be involved with such a fixture.

Paul says everything is now set for the big day as Derek has even agreed to referee the game and to provide two linesmen. Paul says: "The only thing we're lacking now is a bit of support as we still need to make £500 or we'll make a loss."

Paul says anyone interested in advertising in the match programme or helping out with the funds should call 01535 609155. The match kicks off at 11am on Saturday, May 6 at Eccleshill United. Tickets cost £2 for adults and £1 for children.

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