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Excellent article on 'Don Patricio' on the back page of todays Irish Post.
 
" Patrick is revered at the Nou Camp ( without this guy there would be no Barcelona as he is credited with saving them from General Franco) where there is a bust of him there.  He was manager of Real Betis when they won their first and only La Liga."
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Some of the legends who have supported us to date are on here.

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Article by Sevilles newspaper ABC de Sevilla about the cause and a journalist from Inside Spanish football from Spain has also done a piece.
Details on Facebook page.
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Some of our team are at The Britannia Stadium tonight and have successfully handed over a England WC 1966 shirt to Jon Sidaway of Stoke City FC for Gordon Banks to sign gor the POC Memorial Fund prior to tonights friendly between Real Betis v Stoke City.

The shirt will be signed by Mr. Banks in the coming weeks and presented to some of our team before the Stoke City v Aston Villa match on Sat. the 16th of August.

Our team then heads to the NE tomorrow night for Sunderland v Real Betis.

Further details on the Facebook page.
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Originally posted by Gashley Grimes Gashley Grimes wrote:

Some of our team are at The Britannia Stadium tonight and have successfully handed over a England WC 1966 shirt to Jon Sidaway of Stoke City FC for Gordon Banks to sign gor the POC Memorial Fund prior to tonights friendly between Real Betis v Stoke City.

The shirt will be signed by Mr. Banks in the coming weeks and presented to some of our team before the Stoke City v Aston Villa match on Sat. the 16th of August.

Our team then heads to the NE tomorrow night for Sunderland v Real Betis.

Further details on the Facebook page.
 
 
Hope you have a good night at Bishop Auckland tonight bud.
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Great cause this, well done all involved Clap

Don't use facebook, is there any other way to get in touch to throw a few yoyos to this??

Probably been put up before, but TG4 had a documentary on this some time ago. I wonder has the LOI angle been looked at for fundraising, he played with one of the founding clubs of the League.


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Originally posted by Madferret Madferret wrote:

Great cause this, well done all involved Clap

Don't use facebook, is there any other way to get in touch to throw a few yoyos to this??

Probably been put up before, but TG4 had a documentary on this some time ago. I wonder has the LOI angle been looked at for fundraising, he played with one of the founding clubs of the League.


 
 
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In similar boat re facebook are cheques being accepted for this worthy cause?
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We are officially launching at The Belfast Celtic museum on the 30th of this month.
Our fund will also launch an official donation page.

DM on a personal note thanks for your help re tickests.
Great night last night double shirt presentation pitch side which has been covered by Real Betis official website, the people at Sunderland AFC were extremely welcoming and supportive.

More on Facebook page....
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Originally posted by Gashley Grimes Gashley Grimes wrote:

We are officially launching at The Belfast Celtic museum on the 30th of this month.
Our fund will also launch an official donation page.

DM on a personal note thanks for your help re tickets.
Great night last night double shirt presentation pitch side which has been covered by Real Betis official website, the people at Sunderland AFC were extremely welcoming and supportive.

More on Facebook page....
 
 
Sounds like you had a good night any photos?
 
Pleased to hear you got a good response from the SAFC fans and officals. No problem re tickets anytime. Good luck with the campaign.
 


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http://www.realbetisbalompie.es/es/noticias/actualidad/2929/el-real-betis-participa-en-la-patrick-oconnell-fund
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Spartans supporters continue Betis links

Posted on August 12th, 2014 by Mark

There are many strange sights in pre-season friendlies but for supporters of Stoke City and Sunderland seeing Spartans supporters following Real Betis must rank at the top of any list. However as Spartans supporter Simon Needham explains the links with the Spanish club are becoming more and more prominent.
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Spanish club Real Betis Balompie were in Northumberland last week and fans of Blyth Spartans were on hand to give them a welcome to the region.

The Liga Adelante team, recently relegated from Spain’s top flight, embarked on a three game pre-season tour of England and Scotland after setting up camp here in the North East at Slaley Hall’s prestigious hotel and training facilities outside Hexham.

The side from Seville, Andalucía, started their campaign with an impressive 3-0 victory over Scottish oufit Motherwell on 2nd August. However they found the going more difficult against Premiership opposition, with a 2-0 defeat against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium last Wednesday and a similar scoreline against Sunderland at Heritage Park, Bishop Auckland the following day, before flying back to Spain last Friday.

The tour gave the many Betis fans living here in the UK the chance to see their team, and that included supporters of our own “Blyth Spartans - Real Betis Peña Betica.”

The group was formed three years ago by Blyth fans keen on Spanish football and looking to build links and friendships with the Spanish team and is based on our joint tradition of the famous green and white striped kit. When the tour was announced we made sure that we had a presence at two of the games and this happened at Stoke and against Sunderland.

As Peña Secretary I made the long journey down to Stoke last Wednesday, carrying the group´s banner, along with an assortment of Real Betis and Blyth Spartans flags which were proudly displayed in the Britannia Stadium.

Then it was back up to Newcastle to meet up with other Blyth fans and a number of Spanish Real Betis fans living and working here in the region, to travel in a small fleet of cars to Heritage Park in Bishop Auckland to see the Sunderland game.

Despite the 2-0 defeat, The group had a very enjoyable evening, with the highlight coming through the Peña’s link to the “Patrick O´Connell Memorial Campaign” and the presentation before the match of a Real Betis shirt, signed by members of the squad, and an Ireland shirt signed by Sunderland hero Charlie Hurley, to raise funds for the cause. The group received the handover of the shirts on the pitch before the game from Real Betis legend and former President, Rafael Gordillo.

As for the season ahead, the feeling amongst Betis fans is that their team is in transition, with some quality players from last season staying at the club (for example strikers Ruben Castro and Jorge Molina, plus goalkeeper Adan) and many talented youngsters now making the step up into the side. This is happening under the guidance of a new, highly rated young manager Julio Velazquez.

As for the Blyth Peña, the match at Bishop Auckland was a great chance to publicise the link up between the two clubs in the region, with a number of Blyth Spartans and Real Betis flags decorating the stadium which provoked a slightly bemused, but generally interested and supportive response from the Sunderland fans.

And the group also spent time getting to know the Betis fans from the region, and plan to build links and friendships further with the Spanish community by inviting them to a game at Blyth in the near future.

With Blyth Spartans signing forward Sammy Perez in the past week there is definitely a Spanish flavour to life at Croft Park!
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Our Fund Member Simon Needham being presented with our Irish legends shirt by Maurice Hepworth SAFC which was signed the day before by Charles Hurley and a signed Real Betis shirt by the current squad presented by Rafael Godillio Betis legend prior to Thursday nights game.

The Irish shirt is signed by:
Given,Irwin,Staunton,McGrath,Hurley,Giles,Brady,Roy Keane,Ray Houghton,Frank Stapleton and will be completed by Robbie Keane prior to the Gibraltar home game in October.
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Would there be a christian on here who would be travelling to Georgia and willing to take a flag for this project to Georgia.
We have a flag commissioned.

I'm based in the sunny south east but am in Dublin a couple of days of the week.

All help very much appreciated.


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From the fb page you seem to building quite a shirt collection signed by serious legends. But tell me this, how much needs to be raised in order to repair the grave and that? Ball park figure.
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10k to have the grave cleaned,stonework, headstone and maintenance etc.
John McKenna sculptor has quoted 35k sterling for a sculptured monument Mr McKenna sculpted the Jock Stein and Jimmy Johnston statues at Celtic Park.

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Originally posted by Gashley Grimes Gashley Grimes wrote:

10k to have the grave cleaned,stonework, headstone and maintenance etc.
John McKenna sculptor has quoted 35k sterling for a sculptured monument Mr McKenna sculpted the Jock Stein and Jimmy Johnston statues at Celtic Park.

Are you going to Georgia?
 
 
Whats your timescale to raise the money bud?
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Originally posted by Gashley Grimes Gashley Grimes wrote:

Would there be a christian on here who would be travelling to Georgia and willing to take a flag for this project to Georgia.
We have a flag commissioned.

I'm based in the sunny south east but am in Dublin a couple of days of the week.

All help very much appreciated.




Go into the Georgia Away thread, you'll get someone in there no problems
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