Gregory’s Girl star John Gordon Sinclair and Line Of Duty star Martin Compston have helped a grassroots girls’ football team achieve their fundraising goal of raising money for new kit.
The 35 players at Gleniffer Thistle girls’ youth team in Paisley were in desperate need of tops, shorts and socks for their training sessions.
Their appeal to raise £800 caught John’s eye and he chipped in with a £100 donation.
He also backed them on Twitter with a jokey comment about the 1981 film, saying: “I know a thing or two about girls playing football.”
In Gregory’s Girl, John plays a schoolboy footballer moved from centre-forward to goalkeeper after a talented girl joins the team and takes his place.
Paula Craig, the volunteer Gleniffer coach, said her childhood footballing experiences mirror the plot.
The 36-year-old said: “I played football for the school team when I was younger and I remember from the age of eight to 15 I only knew one other girl who played football.
“So I would go and play fairly regularly with the boys’ team at school. It wasn’t unusual for me to be the only one getting changed in a bathroom while the boys were in the changing rooms.
“Without knowing it, it’s been like the Gregory’s Girl story.”
Paula also tweeted Line Of Duty star Martin Compston, who made a donation and replied: “Hey Paula £100 sent over hopefully plenty folk on Twitter’s sphere jump on this, come back to me in a couple of weeks if not reached the target we’ll make sure you get there.”
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