Family and friends remember Lawrence through football

Family and friends of Lawrence Haggart join the two teams on the pitch before Sundays match at Ochilview
Family and friends of Lawrence Haggart join the two teams on the pitch before Sundays match at Ochilview

Football fans joined the family and friends of murdered schoolboy Lawrence Haggart to celebrate his life.

The 15-year-old was killed on March 17, 1996 with paedophile Brian Beattie eventually jailed for life for the crime.

St Mungos rector Stephen Phee also took part in the match

St Mungos rector Stephen Phee also took part in the match

Lawrence, a pupil at St Mungo’s High, was a talented footballer having already signed on S-form with Celtic and was a Scotland schoolboy internationalist.

On Sunday, former teammates from school days, boys’ clubs and Celtic took part in a memorial match at Ochilview, along with members of the Haggart family, including brother Dennis, while mum Janet and brother John looked on.

Former Celtic player Mark Burchill turned out, along with James Fowler, with the teams managed by former St Mungo’s rector Hugh Lynch and Stuart Taylor, the Scottish Schoolboys’ head coach when Lawrence played.

Thanking everyone for attending, organiser Richard Fox said: “It was a very emotional day.”

Former Celtic player Mark Burchill scores a goal

Former Celtic player Mark Burchill scores a goal

This Sunday, there will be another memorial event when a five-a-side tournament involving 100 players takes place on four pitches at Little Kerse in Grangemouth.

It kicks off at 1pm and the winner’s trophy has been donated by Celtic.

Again money is being raised for Millie’s Journey through donations and a raffle.

A goal for the yellow team during Sundays memorial match

A goal for the yellow team during Sundays memorial match