On-field rivalries were put to one side last Saturday as a group of AFC Halifax walkers were given the VIP treatment by Altrincham chairman Grahame Rowley after completing an all-night trans-Pennine charity hike.
The Halifax fundraisers were greeted by Rowley on arrival at The J.Davidson Stadium and shown into the away changing room, where hot showers were followed by an equally-welcome hot breakfast, served by club chef Richie Bentley.
The gruelling 35-mile trek from The Shay to Altrincham’s ground was a fund-aiser to honour the memory of former FC Halifax Town commercial director Debbie Charlton, with proceeds split between Macmillan cancer support and the local St Gemma’s Hospice.
“In a way, it was a happy coincidence, because we were doing our bit for cancer awareness against Halifax that afternoon by wearing pink shirts and then selling them to raise funds,” said Mr Rowley.
“Hats off to those guys who did the walk.
“It was an absolutely superb effort, and I was only too happy to make them feel welcome and tend to their needs when they arrived.
“It’s great to see that sort of comradeship between clubs at our level, and to go the extra mile for each other.
“It was just bacon and sausage butties, hot drinks and showers, but it seemed to be appreciated.
“Five of them then turned out for the supporters’ team against our supporters a couple of hours later.
“I couldn’t quite believe that, after what they had already been through.
“Good on them, though. It’s a great cause, and they did brilliantly to keep going right through the night.”
FC Halifax Town went on to draw with Altrincham 0-0.