A PREMIER non-league football club will host a virtual match on social media after its season was ended by the coronavirus pandemic.

Brighton’s Whitehawk FC was set to play Guernsey FC tomorrow until the outbreak put a premature end to the football season.

So instead the clubs have written a scripted match to play out “live” on their Twitter accounts from 3pm tomorrow.

Players have recorded goal celebrations from their homes and referee Daniel D’Urso has been appointed to officiate the game virtually.


“It’s a real thriller, there wouldn’t be any point in writing a 0-0 draw,” said Whitehawk commercial director Kevin Miller.

“We’ve all been sat around kicking our heels so it’s nice that we’ve been able to work on this together.”

Pre-match build-up begins at 2.30pm with manager interviews.

The clubs have also set up a fundraiser for Whitehawk Foodbank and Guernsey Mind mental health charity.

“Obviously the whole world has changed dramatically over the last few days days and we thought we could try to raise some funds for those that need it more,” Whitehawk chairman Andy Schofield said. “The idea came from an initial comment a couple of weeks ago from one of our Hawks Ultras on Facebook who wanted to donate the club’s £10 ticket entry price for one of our postponed games to help keep the club going.”

You can follow Whitehawk and Guernsey’s virtual showdown on Twitter @hawksfcofficial, on Instagram @whitehawkfc, and on the club’s Facebook page.

To donate to the fundraiser visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/whitehawk-ultras.

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