Huddersfield RUFC will face Huddersfield YMCA in a charity festive fixture on Saturday 29th December at Lockwood Park, with the game kicking off at 2pm.

The game will be played between teams of over 35’s from both clubs. The Huddersfield team will be captained by Richard Baxter and will include ex-First XV players Tim Taylor, Gavin Rhodes, Chris Duffy, Steve Lynch, Howard Hanks and Chris Evans.

The game will be raising funds for YM groundsman Andy Kelly who has had an extremely difficult year. Earlier this year Andy’s youngest daughter Emily, died,  after a life marred by incapacity. She was lovingly cared for by Andy and his wife Lisa and the family were still grieving when Andy suffered a stroke.

Andy is a huge part of the YM, being involved with the club for over 35 years. He started playing in the U14’s and played through the age groups and colts and into senior rugby. Andy then got involved in the coaching of Age Grade teams and helping to develop the YM Roses Girls XV.

Andy is currently working hard in hospital on rehabilitation exercises, but he is currently in a wheelchair. It is hoped that he will be allowed home soon but no date has been set and  it will obviously going to be a long haul.

The game will be free entry, however the YM Roses will be going round with bucket collections and a raffle with all proceeds going to Andy.

There will also be a one course lunch served at 12.30pm. The lunch of Homemade Steak and mushroom Pie with twice cooked chips and mushy peas, will cost £8 per head and the profits from the meal will go to Andy.

To book your place at the lunch or for further information please contact the office on 01484 469801 or With the office closed over the Christmas period, please leave a message on the answer machine if you phone.

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