April 25 2008
The Moz Memorial Match is an annual charity fundraising rugby match played between Bath supporters and Bristol supporters and is now in its fourth year. It is scheduled to kick-off on Bath’s pitch at the Recreation Ground after the Bath v Saracens match finishes.
Bath and Bristol fans set for Moz Memorial Match
On May 3rd 2008, immediately after the final whistle goes at Bath Rugby’s last home game of the season against Saracens, a team of Bath supporters will run out on the Rec to take on Bristol supporters in the fourth playing of the now annual Moz Memorial Match, aiming to raise £4,000 for Médécin sans Frontières (MSF).
The Moz Memorial Match is played in memory of Tim ‘Moz’ Morris who died aged only 30 in February 2005. Tim was an avid Bath fan but also took a keen interest in Bristol Rugby Club, sponsoring a player from both teams (Andy Higgins from Bath and Sam Cox from Bristol) and he was a frequent poster on numerous internet rugby boards, where he posted under the name of ‘Moz’.
As a tribute to Tim, Bath and Bristol supporters played the first match at the Recreation Ground on 30 April 2005 and the teams met again in 2006 at the Memorial Ground, before returning to the Rec last year. Speaking after the bruising second encounter, Premiership referee Ashley Rowden who officiated the game, commented “It’s fantastic to see such fierce rival rugby supporters getting together in this way for such a worthy cause. Tim would have been proud of all of those involved.”
Jim Carter, one of the event organizers, said “Tim was a genuine sports lover, and enjoyed rugby because of its fair-play ethos. For once we can genuinely say that this game is about the taking part. Last years’ match was an exciting battle between two well-matched teams and the result was in doubt right up until the final few minutes. The crowd, including ex-England coach Andy Robinson, were thoroughly entertained by the spirit and quality of the rugby played.”
A Just Giving site for donations has also been set up at www.justgiving.com/mozmemorialmatchfour