Successful race day at Avondale
Friends of Football members enjoyed a day at the races when they gathered at Auckland’s Avondale Racecourse to renew friendships, talk football and try to pick a winner.
Avondale Jockey Club hosted the first Friends of Football-sponsored raceday, staging seven races and providing a private function room for the football group.
“We know there are many football people who enjoy a day out at the races, so we thought this was a great opportunity for us to extend the profile and awareness of Friends of Football in the community and engage our growing support base in an afternoon of fun, friendship and fraternity,” said FoF chairman John Morris.
The event was organised by former All White Sam Malcolmson, who is a board member of the racing club, and more than 40 Friends of Football members and supporters enjoyed the afternoon of racing.
Winner of the Friends of Football 2000m was Gentle Ton Ton which paid $17 to win and put a smile on a few faces.
After the last race, Malcolmson said the success of the day meant Friends of Football would look to establish it as an annual event, giving supporters the chance to mix and mingle during the football season.