Village football clash truly is a game of two halves

A Yorkshire village was divided yesterday – as a football match played between the two halves of the historic community kicked off again for charity.

The game between East and West on the village hall pitch at Great Ouseburn in the Vale of York was resurrected after 10 years for the New Year by Liz and Paul Jackson, new owners of the 18th century Crown Inn.

It saw the two opposite sides of the village's main street battle it out on the pitch to raise money for The Brain Tumour Foundation and local causes including sports clubs, the church, and the village hall

It was held in memory of Brian Hillyard, a prominent member of village life for 25 years, who died earlier this year.

The first ever East vs. West match was played in 1980 after local lads Steve Trapnell and Graham Essex came up with the idea for a fun village event.

It was over a friendly pint in The Crown Inn that the decision was made to bring back the match for New Year.

Mrs Jackson said: "The East vs. West football match is a fantastic part of the village's sporting past but sadly it got lost in the history books.

"There's nothing like a bit of competitive spirit to bring everyone together while raising money for a great cause. We hope it will become an annual event in the village's calendar."

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