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Boxing Day Charity Football Match and Raft Race in Scarborough

Boxing Day Charity Football Match and Raft Race in Scarborough

Published by Matthew Pells at 1:01pm 23rd December 2019.

A great Scarborough tradition continues on Boxing day as the annual Fishermen v Firemen charity football match takes place in the south bay.

The event started in 1893 to raise money for families affected by the loss of a local fishing boat crew at sea. The football match was originally played between a team of Fishermen and the Firemen who stoked the boilers of the steam powered vessels.

Billy Blades is one of the organisers and says it's a rather unusual game of football.

Billy Blades says as well as the match itself there will be a comic band an attempt to lay a mile of pennies and a raft race organised by the sub aqua club.

The day will include a march through the town to the seafront by the Comic Band and the ritual building of the ‘mile of pennies’ along Sandside.

The football match will begin at 10:30 and should be finished my midday with the raft race in the Harbour starting at 12:30..

The football match is a major fund raiser for the Fishermen & Firemen's Charity Fund - Which provides help for the elderly & infirm during the winter months. The Charity was originally started to help the widows and orphans of the five Scarborough fishermen drowned at sea aboard the Evelyn and Maud.

Billy Blades tells us more about the background to the event, it's history and the 2019 event.


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andyh, on 24th December 2019 8:29am
I see the tide will be halfway coming in at the raft race time. Hope this is better than last year when huge crowds surrounded the harbour but as some Wally picked a time which was low tide the race was in just one quarter of harbour. Locals know you have to adjust for tide times.

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