Scotland have won the World Cup!
Yes you read that right – although this one wasn’t held in Brazil, but bathed in sunshine down at Horsham Rugby Club on Sunday.
Still the Samba Spirit was in full flow as footballers came together to stage their own 6-a-side version of the main event. The event was held in memory of James Neal, a father of three from Horsham man who died of a rare form of cancer last June, and the day raised a phenomenal £10,000 for charity – with wife Joanna calling it a “prefect tribute to a wonderful man”.
In total 24 teams entered, including a team all the way from Germany, a Chilean team and two teams who haven’t qualified for the main event in Rio – New Zealand and a Scotland side sponsored by BRUIN Financial.
The World Cup final saw the Scotland team win a close match 1-0 against Colombia, while Greece won the second place play-off against Croatia to lift the James Neal Memorial Trophy.
Joanna Neal said: “The day culminated in the release of 250 red and black balloons to represent the Manu Utd colours as James was an avid fan, in a race to win the cash prize of £100 for the furthest travelling balloon. “It was an emotional moment when our three children Olivia, Jayden and Zak released the balloons to the music of 99 red balloons. We have already had one back that was found in Greenwich, East London!
“We raised over £10,000 for the Net Patient Foundation, which was absolutely staggering and more than we could have anticipated, through a combination of hard work by the eight committee members, an army of volunteers and incredible support from friends, family and local businesses helping such a worthy cause.
“We are all very proud and feel that the day was a perfect tribute to a wonderful man.”