PLAYERS from Barrow Celtic football team reunited to play one final game in memory of former Evening Mail reporter Jo Davies.

The game was put on to raise money for a series of charities through Jo’s Appeal.

For many of the old team mates it was a chance to see old friends and show that they still had the skills from their days of glory.

Jo sadly passed away in August of that year. She was 38 years old.

Her husband, Matt, was the Under-14s A team goalkeeper during their successful campaign in 1984/85.

Players and officials who represented the Barrow Celtic under-14s A and B teams from 1984 to 85 took part in the reunion match at the Barrow Park Leisure Centre’s 3G pitch.

The A team, who were the cup winners in the league in 1984/85, played against their younger B team.

The idea for the game came from Barry Fitzsimmons, who believed it would be of great benefit to the Appeal fund.

With the assistance of Celtic B’s striker Mike McParland, they were able to locate the club’s old players for the match.

They were very keen to take part, not only to see their old team mates, but also to help raise money for Jo.

The match itself raised £850 for the Appeal, which helped the fundraiser cross the £20,000 mark.

The money raise went on to support St Mary’s Hospice, Furness General Hospital’s oncology unit and national women’s cancer charity.

Some of the funds also went to The Eve Appeal, where Jo had received care for more than five years after being diagnosed with cancer.

Matt said: "Since Jo’s Appeal was set up, Jo’s family and friends and myself, have been overwhelmed by the support shown throughout the Furness community, and this is another example of people’s generosity and spirit.”

Barry said: "It’s a good laugh seeing what everyone’s footballing skills are like these days. No doubt there will be a few beers sunk afterwards so there will be a few sore limbs and a few sore heads on Sunday morning – but it will be all worthwhile."