Matchday heaven for Saints family

from left, Matthew McClellan, Gary McClellan and Robert McClellan from Gillibrand Saints in the Chorley and District Alliance League

from left, Matthew McClellan, Gary McClellan and Robert McClellan from Gillibrand Saints in the Chorley and District Alliance League

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A SATURDAY league football team is keeping it in the family as they challenge for league honours.

Dad Gary McClellan manages the Gillibrand Saints side, and three of his sons, Christopher, Robert and Matthew, all star for the Chorley and District League side every week.

Mum and wife Julie McClellan said: “It is nice to keep the family tradition going in the league.

“The club started in 1995 in the Chorley Nissan Sunday League, when a few of my relations, got involved with some teachers from St Peter’s and St Michael’s schools, and that is why they were called the Saints.

“Since then, they have been Chorley Saints, Euxton Saints, and now Gillibrand Saints, as people have left and moved away.

“My dad used to manage the side (Michael Booth) and my brother Paul Booth also played for the side which has seen it in the family for years.

“We also sponsor the CM Booth Trophy in memory of my dad and it is really good that our nephews also play for the Saints.

“Hopefully, it will mean that we will have more links with the team in years to come.”