B&A Sponsored Team Hallen FC Plays Bristol City FC
On Saturday 6th July Hallen AFC welcomed Bristol City to their ground in Hallen, with blue skies, the sun shining and a record crowd of 1,764 it proved to be a perfect afternoon.
The gates opened at 12.30pm with fun football-themed activities for all the family, with BCFC Community Trust bringing an inflatable football pitch and shooting targets for the children.
Bristol City arrived at 1.30pm with their entire first team, including their new £8 million signing from Chelsea – Tomas Kalas, together with new players Gilmartin, Rowe and Szmodics also taking to the pitch.
Championship club Bristol City showed their class both on and off pitch, fielding three mixed teams and ultimately winning 14-0. Peter Denyard, B&A Accounts Manager said, ‘although the 14-0 score line was of course academic, Hallen did not let their heads drop and continued pressing City until the end, even winning two penalties, only for them to be saved by City’s goalkeeper’.
The match played over three 30-minute periods rather than the usual two 45 halves, allowing Bristol City to play a different team in each third, and enabled them to showcase their two new kits.
An ‘important occasion on the City calendar’
Bristol City Manager Lee Johnson remarked, ‘the fixture is an important occasion on the City calendar as it not only marks the beginning of another pre-season for the team, but it also provides an opportunity for the whole squad to take to the pitch. The match also provides an opportunity for the club to directly support both a grassroots club and the Robins official charity, the Bristol City Community Trust.
Striker Andreas Weimann commented, ‘It’s a great game for the club and the community. It’s good to see the little kids enjoying today, we will happily sign autographs and take pictures because we were in their position when we were younger.’
Following the match, Lee Johnson praised Hallen thanking them for their fantastic hospitality, commenting that Hallen is a great club full of lovely people and wished them all the best for the forthcoming season.
Raising the profile of Hallen FC and increased funds for BCFC Community Trust
Richard Stokes, Secretary for Hallen FC noted, ‘even though we lost 14-0, for everyone connected with Hallen FC it was a wonderful day that raised the profile of our football club as well as much needed funds for both the club and BCFC Community Trust.
Peter observed, ‘It was great to see so many families having a good time in the early July sunshine for Bristol City’s annual community match against Hallen FC, ensuring funds were raised for both the Bristol City Community Trust and Hallen FC.
Hallen FC can be pleased with the event as a whole and all at the B&A Group wish them well for the upcoming season’.
Photographs courtesy of Peter Denyard.