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Derry sports stars to be celebrated in exhibition

Footballer Darron Gibson is on loan to Derry City — in an exhibition celebrating the achievements and careers of Londonderry sports heroes.

Gibson is set to star alongside other local greats — such as Charlie Nash, Anthony Tohill, John Duddy and Jobby Crossan — after the Manchester United and Republic of Ireland midfielder loaned some of his football memorabilia to the Tower Museum’s Ulster Sporting Heroes exhibition.

Darron, from the Hazelbank area, signed for Manchester United on his 16th birthday. In the 2005-2006 season he won the Jimmy Murphy award for Young Player of the Year, and in October 2005 he made his senior debut in a Carling Cup 4-1 victory over Barnet.

Making the presentation on behalf of Darron, his father John said it was a great privilege to have Darron included in the exhibition, which will remain open until the end of December.

He said: “Darron is extremely proud of his home town and is delighted to be part of this exhibition. He has had a very successful career to date and we are delighted to be able to share some of his prized memorabilia.”

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