THE weather on Sunday was perfect for a game of footie – and hundreds of fans turned out at a charity match to show their support for a Drumchapel man who is battling cancer.

The special benefit game at Holm Park in Yoker was in honour of David “Elso” Elliot, who has an aggressive cancer in both lungs and his liver.

A former Kilbowie Union and Yoker Athletic player, David, from Drumchapel, wasn’t well enough at the weekend to play but found the reunion of footie pals and family encouraging and emotional, said older brother William.

The charity day raised more than £3,500 to support David’s family and also send a portion to St Margaret of Scotland Hospice.

William told the Post: “It was a great day – excellent weather – and the pitch was perfect.

"Yoker showed a big heart to open up the club house.

“David found it encouraging and emotional and he was astonished by the support.

"Emotionally, I found it quite tough but I kind of knew that before the game. I saw David with all his pals, it was like seeing him with his boys again.”

A combined Kilbowie Union/Yoker Athletic side lost 2-6 to a team of former professional footballers, but as part of the post-match banter, the official line is that all the goals came when David’s brother Robert and player Scott Walker went off for a break.

John MacDonald, former Rangers striker between 1978 and 1986, was named man of the match.

William said a couple of other people at the match were also facing cancer and shared in the support of the day.

He added: “Yoker is a small club but with a big heart, and we have to thank the Post for their support and promotion of the event.

“It was a very positive experience for everybody.

"A lot of friends hadn’t seen each other for 20-30 years.”