A ball held in aid of Musselburgh Athletic Football Club returned for the first time in two years on Saturday and raised a whopping £7,125.

The ‘Burgh Ball’, held at Eskmills Venue in the Honest Toun, attracted more then 200 people.

Live music was played throughout the night and guests enjoyed a performance from Jim the Magician.


An auction – which included a painting of Olivebank Stadium and a Hellas Verona football club shirt from former Hibernian star Josh Doig who now plays for the Italian club – raised £2,835 for the club while a raffle generated £1,845.

Karl Cleghorn, president of the club, said: “It was really a fantastic evening. We haven’t run it for two years because of Covid and there was a real jubilation feel at this one on its return.

“This was a chance to put on a special night for all those associated with the club and I think it went really well.

“At Musselburgh Athletic we believe in being a community club, doing what we can for the community and giving the people of Musselburgh something to cheer.

“The money raised at the event will be vital in keeping the club going. It will help bring in players, maintain the facilities and much more.

“The club is in a great place at the moment. We are doing well on the pitch and there are chances of promotion.

“We are doing well off the pitch too. We are in no debt and are running as a real family club. Things are looking bright for us at the moment.”