On Sunday June 12th, just under 100 days after the town of Onagawa was almost wiped off the map, Cobaltore’s Under-18 side took to the pitch for their first game of the year, wearing kit bought from the money donated to Onagawa Supporters.
July 9th’s Northern Leagues United – which will raise money for Onagawa Supporters and Birtley Town FC – has now been officially listed on the Japanese Embassy’s UK Events Calendar. Carl King, goalkeeping coach at FA Vase winners Whitley Bay before his recent move to Blyth Spartans, has donated gloves for both first choice keepers to wear while some of the people behind Scarborough Athletic’s Back2Boro campaign have offered to produce t-shirts which will be on sale both at Birtley and online. One of the players on the Writers’ team has even managed to get himself a sponsored boot deal.
Kick off on the 9th is 11.30am, when Birtley’s Under-17 and Under-18 teams play a warm-up match ahead of the Onagawa Cup. If you can’t make it on the day, you can still help grassroots football in England and Japan here.