Vintage Clarets gear up for cup

VETERAN: John Mullin will be lining up for Burnley Veterans
VETERAN: John Mullin will be lining up for Burnley Veterans

THE Vintage Clarets will be representing Burnley Football Club in the 35th Annual Football International Veterans Tournament.

To be held in Hamm, Germany over the weekend of May 26 - 28th, other teams represented are the German side Hertha Berlin, Bradford City and Dutch side VV Ostrabeke.

The Burnley team will include Clarets legends John Francis and Roger Eli, as well as Peter Mumby, Liam Robinson, Junior Bent, Chris Brass, Robbie Painter and John Mullin.

They will play a minimum of four games in a league format before the top two teams move forward in to a mini cup competition, which all concludes on the Sunday.

Burnley Former Players’ Association has helped to pay for the flights of all former players playing in the event.

BFPA committee member and British Serviceman, Sgt Peter Briggs who is currently serving with the Royal Military Police in Sennelager, Germany, has help to organise the Vintage Clarets’ participation in the event.

He said: “When I heard that Roger and John wanted to bring the lads over to Germany to play in the tournament I was thrilled, even more so when I found out that they would be playing just down the road. I told Roger that I am bringing my boots along just in case he needs a second striker.”

A percentage of money raised during the sale of shirts worn by the Vintage Clarets after the tournament will be given to the Help for Heroes Charity.

All members of British Forces stationed in Germany are invited to go and watch the tournament. For more details ring Sgt Briggs on 0049 160 97950830 or via email at pete@claretsmuseum.com.