Toryglens indoor facility was the superb venue for the inaugural Anthea Paton friendship cup and along with the hosts Houston Utd, Johnstone Burgh, Renfrew FC and Glenvale were all represented by their 2001 squads.
The round robin format was followed by a 3rd/4th play off and then the final. All teams finished the round robin with at least one victory and no one was undefeated in what proved to be a very competitive and close afternoon of entertaining football. The football on display was of a very high standard and even though every game was important, the fact that there was no yellow cards or anything close to a caution during the 8 closely fought battles is a tribute to the sportsmanship shown by the players, officials and fans from all teams.
At the end of the round robin the playoff was competed by Renfrew FC and Glenvale with the Renfrew team coming out on top after another close match. The final between Houston Utd and Johnstone Burgh was fittingly won by the boys from Houston, captained by Scott Paton whos mother Anthea passed away last year.
As a lasting memorial to Anthea the Houston Inn, who sponsor the Houston club, kindly donated a cup for the tournament and held after match hospitality that was enjoyed by representatives from all the clubs who took part on the day.
Not only did the boys all benefit from the facilities and football during the day, the St Vincent Hospice also benefited with over £1,000 raised and donated on behalf of the Paton family.
The tournament provided a lasting memorial for Anthea, a superb experience for the players who took part and a substantial donation to a charity close to the Paton family's heart.
Houston Utd would like to thank, on behalf of the Paton family, all those who donated prizes, those who donated to the raffle etc, the match officials and all players, officials and fans of the teams who helped make it a special occasion.