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Friday 29 May 2015

Belfast Telegraph readers pay tribute as Alan McDonald funeral is held

The funeral service of former Northern Ireland and QPR football player  Alan McDonald at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church
The funeral service of former Northern Ireland and QPR football player Alan McDonald at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church
Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012. Funeral of Former Norther Ireland international Alan McDonald at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church in Ballygowan. Freinds and family of the late Alan McDonald attend his funeral at Ballygowan presbyterian church. Mark Marlow/Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -28th June 2012Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye.comThe funeral service of former Northern Ireland and QPR football player Alan McDonald at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church., today (Thursday).Roy McDonald, btother of Alan is hugged by former Northern Ireland player Iain Dowie.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -28th June 2012Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye.comThe funeral service of former Northern Ireland and QPR football player Alan McDonald at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church., today (Thursday).Former Northern Ireland goal keeper Pat Jennings (back right) among family and friends of Alan McDonald.
Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012. Funeral of Former Norther Ireland international Alan McDonald at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church in Ballygowan. Jackie Fullerton attends his funeral at Ballygowan presbyterian church. Mark Marlow/Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012
Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012. Funeral of Former Norther Ireland international Alan McDonald at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church in Ballygowan. The Daughters of the late Alan McDonald attend his funeral at Ballygowan presbyterian church. Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012
Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012. Funeral of Former Norther Ireland international Alan McDonald at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church in Ballygowan. N.I manager Michael O'Neill attends the funeral of the late Alan McDonald. picture Mark Marlow/Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012
Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012. Funeral of Former Norther Ireland international Alan McDonald at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church in Ballygowan. Keith Gillespie attend his funeral at Ballygowan presbyterian church. Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012
Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012. Funeral of Former Norther Ireland international Alan McDonald at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church in Ballygowan. Mark Marlow/Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012
Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012. Funeral of Former Norther Ireland international Alan McDonald at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church in Ballygowan. Mark Marlow/Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012
Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012. Funeral of Former Norther Ireland international Alan McDonald at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church in Ballygowan. Freinds and family of the late Alan McDonald attend his funeral at Ballygowan presbyterian church. Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012
Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012. Funeral of Former Norther Ireland international Alan McDonald at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church in Ballygowan. Jimmy Nichol and Sammy McIlroy attend his funeral at Ballygowan presbyterian church. Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012
Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012. Funeral of Former Norther Ireland international Alan McDonald at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church in Ballygowan. N.I manager Michael O'Neill, Jackie Fullerton and Pat Jennings attend the funeral of the late Alan McDonald at Ballygowan presbyterian church. Mark Marlow/Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -28th June 2012Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye.comThe funeral service of former Northern Ireland and QPR football player Alan McDonald at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church., today (Thursday).Roy McDonald and family members walk behind the coffin.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -28th June 2012Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye.comThe funeral service of former Northern Ireland and QPR football player Alan McDonald at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church., today (Thursday).Floral tribute from QPR.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -28th June 2012Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye.comThe funeral service of former Northern Ireland and QPR football player Alan McDonald at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church., today (Thursday).
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -28th June 2012Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye.comThe funeral service of former Northern Ireland and QPR football player Alan McDonald at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church., today (Thursday).Tribure from former player Colin Clarke.
Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012. Funeral of Former Norther Ireland international Alan McDonald at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church in Ballygowan. Freinds and family of the late Alan McDonald attend his funeral at Ballygowan presbyterian church. Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012
Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012. Funeral of Former Norther Ireland international Alan McDonald at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church in Ballygowan. Freinds and family of the late Alan McDonald attend his funeral at Ballygowan presbyterian church. Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012
Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012. Funeral of Former Norther Ireland international Alan McDonald at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church in Ballygowan. Freinds and family of the late Alan McDonald attend his funeral at Ballygowan presbyterian church. Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012
Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill, football commentator Jackie Fullerton and former Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington attend the funeral of Alan McDonald
Former Northern Ireland players (l-r) Keith Gillespie, Steve Lomas and Jimmy Quinn
Former Northern Ireland player Billy Hamilton
Northern Ireland manger Michael O'Neill (left) and former goalkeeper Tommy Wright
Former Northern Ireland player Iain Dowie
A floral tribute of a QPR jersey
The funeral service of former Northern Ireland and QPR football player Alan McDonald at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church
Former Northern Ireland player Gerry Armstrong
Former Northern Ireland player, Michael Hughes
Former Northern Ireland goalkeeper Pat Jennings
Former Northern Ireland players Jimmy Nichol (left) and Sammy McIIroy
Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012. Funeral of Former Norther Ireland international Alan McDonald at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church in Ballygowan. Freinds and family of the late Alan McDonald attend his funeral at Ballygowan presbyterian church. Pacemaker press international 28/6/2012

belfasttelegraph.co.uk readers háve paid tribute to former Northern Ireland football captain Alan McDonald whose funeral took place yesterday

The anthem We're Not Brazil, We’re Northern Ireland was sung by hundreds of mourners as they paid their last respects at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church.

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Originally from Rathcoole, Co Antrim he was capped 52 times for Northern Ireland, scored three goals and played in the 1986 Mexico World Cup.

Famous former team-mates including Gerry Armstrong and Pat Jennings, past Northern Ireland managers Nigel Worthington and Sammy McIlroy as well as current manager Michael O'Neill also attended the service.

BBC sports commentator Jackie Fullerton, told mourners that family and friends were “stunned and devastated”.

Below are some of the tributes posted on the Belfast Telegraph's online Book of Condolences for Alan

I couldn't believe the news when i heard of Alan's death. He was a larger than life presence on the pitch and did his wee country proud. He was straight talking and that's why he was so loved by the fans. i have many happy memories from the 80's watching Northern Ireland. Thanks for that Alan and my heartfelt sympathy to Alan's wife and children. Julieb70



Alan attended my secondary school, Faraday, when he first came to London. We then met up again when I worked at QPR on match days in the executive box reception. I have very fond memories of Alan, he was a real gent and such a laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family and friends. R.I.P MAC, gone but never forgotten. Bolter66



Cannot begin to describe how much sadness that is felt with the loss of a great man and uncle ...may the lord bless you and keep you may the lord make his face to shine upon you and give you peace love from nephew David Colleen and Daniel xxxxxxx HColeen88



Alan will always be a legend to me, a NI supporter who when living in Belfast would watch him at Windsor Park, I cannot remember a player who was visibily more proud to wear the green shirt..and at Wembley his post match reaction will forever make me smile...When I moved to England I worked with lifelong QPR fans who worshipped him as a QPR 'legend' in the same way..they will be equally as shocked and saddened as I am. Alan that game was never a fix ..RIP a true legend, AndyAscot



Ive been a QPR fan all my life and BIG MAC is and always will be my favourite player in the blue and white hoops.. My deepest sympaphy to all of alans family and friends we have all lost someone special and a legend in life. Waynee1972



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