We recently had an e-mail from Metodi Angelov, the Chairman of the Newcastle Supporters Group in Bulgaria. The Trust helped a group of them get to the Chelsea match earlier this season and they keep in touch with us about supporting Newcastle from a distance and are members of the Trust. They recently got together to play in a charity football tournament between fans groups and sent us a report.
The tournament took place over a weekend in November and the Newcastle team reached the quarter finals where they were beaten by fans of Real Madrid. Earlier they had drawn 3-3 with Manchester United fans and beat FC 851 3-1. In both games they fought back from being behind but their win came at a price as the goalkeeper ended up with a broken nose after a bad challenge.
In the next round the Bulgarian Magpies beat the Law Faculty of Sofia University after a penalty shoot-out to progress into the quarter finals. A spirited show against Real Madrid looked like an upset might be on the cards but after some questionable refereeing decisions the Real Madrid fans finally took control and ran out 5-2 winners. The tournament was won by the Inter Milan fan group and also included fans of Chelsea, Liverpool and even Sunderland! Support for our Bulgarian Magpies included a dog named Baby Diva who whilst generally well behaved, managed to get into a fight with a dog belonging to the Sunderland fans, so that shows signs of canine loyalty to the cause!
The tournament raised over 6000 Euros for a charity for Autistic Children and I think we should all pass on our congratulations to our Bulgarian friends for their great efforts. There is to be another tournament in the Spring and we look forward to hearing about how the Bulgarian Magpies do.