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James Nesbitt donates again to Coleraine FC, one of his 'three big loves'

By Laura Abernethy

Published 07/06/2016

Actor Jimmy Nesbitt
Actor Jimmy Nesbitt

Actor Jimmy Nesbitt has revealed that he has made another donation to his beloved Coleraine Football Club - one of his "three big loves".

The Co Antrim-born star has been a lifelong supporter of the Bannsiders and can often be seen watching matches at The Showgrounds in between filming TV dramas such as The Secret, Cold Feet and Lucky Man.

In 2003 he donated "thousands of pounds" after the club came close to bankruptcy.

Inland Revenue had applied to the courts to close the club down but Nesbitt's donation bought the club time.

He said he felt compelled to help as he believed it would be "devastating" for the town where he grew up if their local football team folded. He has now revealed that he has continued to donate money to the Bannsiders to help the club survive.

He said: "I haven't really spoken about it before.

"I've given them money in the past and I've committed more money to the club. A football club is the heartbeat of a community and it's a privilege to be able to do it.

"My three big loves outside of my family are Northern Ireland, Manchester United and Coleraine, and I still follow them with the same passion as when I was a child."

Club chairman Colin McKendry thanked the star for his continued backing. "His generous support is welcomed by the club and we wish to publicly thank him for it," said Mr McKendry.

"His support over the years has been very much appreciated, and his patronage of the Harry Gregg Foundation emphasises his commitment to the club as a whole."

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