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SuperCupNI opening ceremony - Jimmy Nesbitt honoured to be back at stadium 'where I watched football as a lad'

By Staff Reporter

Published 25/07/2016

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim.
Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Pacemaker Press 24/7/2016: Coleraine actor Jimmy Nesbitt opened the SuperCupNI 2016 international youth football tournament in Northern Ireland. The cup matches are mainly played in the North Coast area of Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 24/7/2016: Coleraine actor Jimmy Nesbitt opened the SuperCupNI 2016 international youth football tournament in Northern Ireland. The cup matches are mainly played in the North Coast area of Northern Ireland. Pictured at the opening ceremony team Alset Colombia. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 Cheer leaders at the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Pacemaker Press 24/7/2016: Coleraine actor Jimmy Nesbitt opened the SuperCupNI 2016 international youth football tournament in Northern Ireland. The cup matches are mainly played in the North Coast area of Northern Ireland. Pictured at the opening ceremony Team Strikers FC from the USA. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 24/7/2016: Coleraine actor Jimmy Nesbitt opened the SuperCupNI 2016 international youth football tournament in Northern Ireland. The cup matches are mainly played in the North Coast area of Northern Ireland. Pictured at the opening ceremony team Otago from New Zealand . Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 24/7/2016: Coleraine actor Jimmy Nesbitt opened the SuperCupNI 2016 international youth football tournament in Northern Ireland. The cup matches are mainly played in the North Coast area of Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 24/7/2016: Coleraine actor Jimmy Nesbitt opened the SuperCupNI 2016 international youth football tournament in Northern Ireland. The cup matches are mainly played in the North Coast area of Northern Ireland. Pictured at the opening ceremony team Rangers FC from Scotland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 Cheer leaders at the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 Cheer leaders at the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 Players from Chile at Coleraine Showgrounds after the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 Cheer leaders at the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 Players from USA at Coleraine Showgrounds after the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 Players from Chile at Coleraine Showgrounds after the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 Players from Chile at Coleraine Showgrounds after the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 Players from Strikers FC at the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 Players from Strikers FC at the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 Actor Jimmy Nesbitt meets football players from Fermanagh at Coleraine Showgrounds after the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 Players from Chile at Coleraine Showgrounds after the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 Players from USA at Coleraine Showgrounds after the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 Players from USA at Coleraine Showgrounds after the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 Actor Jimmy Nesbitt meets football players from Chile at Coleraine Showgrounds after the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 Actor Jimmy Nesbitt meets football fans at Coleraine Showgrounds after the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 New Zealand players the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 Jimmy Nesbitt at the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 Alan Simpson at the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 Actor James Nesbitt at the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 Actor Jimmy Nesbitt meets football players from Chile at Coleraine Showgrounds after the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 Actor Jimmy Nesbitt meets football players from Chile at Coleraine Showgrounds after the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 Players from Strikers FC at the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 Players from Strikers FC at the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 24th July 2016 General view of the SuperCupNI 2016 Welcoming Parade & Ceremony in Coleraine town centre, Co Antrim. Formerly called the Milk Cup, the SuperCupNI is an international youth football competition. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Pacemaker Press 24/7/2016: Coleraine actor Jimmy Nesbitt opened the SuperCupNI 2016 international youth football tournament in Northern Ireland. The cup matches are mainly played in the North Coast area of Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 24/7/2016: Coleraine actor Jimmy Nesbitt opened the SuperCupNI 2016 international youth football tournament in Northern Ireland. The cup matches are mainly played in the North Coast area of Northern Ireland. Pictured at the opening ceremony team Colina from Chile. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

It was a spiritual homecoming for football-mad actor Jimmy Nesbitt last night as he officially opened the SuperCup NI.

A spectacular welcome parade brought the festival spirit to Coleraine, with 46 football teams from around the world being embraced by local fans.

In the middle of the celebrations, Nesbitt said: "As a Coleraine man, who sat in this ground as a young boy watching my beloved Bannsiders, it's a great honour and a massive delight for me to open this great event.

"Forty-seven players at Euro 2016 played in this tournament, 21 of them for Northern Ireland. In the past the likes of the class of '92 (Man United), Wayne Rooney and Sergio Busquets have all played here."

Showing the global impact of the SuperCup NI, formerly known as the Milk Cup, the actor also read out a text from his friend and former Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who said: "This competition has given a platform for thousands of young players to project themselves. It's continued through difficult times, showing the good in Northern Ireland."

The Secret star finished by encouraging the crowd to support his heroes next season.

"I really want to see you all back at The Showgrounds this season to cheer on Coleraine. It's important to get behind our local game, as well as the SuperCupNI. The Irish League is also a fantastic product."

Today, the SuperCup NI's Junior and Premier competition kicks off with 23 games played across numerous venues on the north coast.

Big draws in the Junior section today include Rangers against County Armagh at The Showgrounds (7.30pm) and holders Right To Dream face GPS at the same venue (3.30pm).

The Premier section will see a rematch of last year's final at Broughshane (5pm) between County Antrim and Mexican side Club American.

James Nesbitt met players from Chile and took selfies with fans as the SuperCup NI 2016 parade and ceremony took place in Coleraine yesterday
James Nesbitt met players from Chile and took selfies with fans as the SuperCup NI 2016 parade and ceremony took place in Coleraine yesterday
James Nesbitt met players from Chile and took selfies with fans as the SuperCup NI 2016 parade and ceremony took place in Coleraine yesterday
James Nesbitt met players from Chile and took selfies with fans as the SuperCup NI 2016 parade and ceremony took place in Coleraine yesterday
James Nesbitt met players from Chile and took selfies with fans as the SuperCup NI 2016 parade and ceremony took place in Coleraine yesterday
James Nesbitt met players from Chile and took selfies with fans as the SuperCup NI 2016 parade and ceremony took place in Coleraine yesterday
James Nesbitt met players from Chile and took selfies with fans as the SuperCup NI 2016 parade and ceremony took place in Coleraine yesterday
James Nesbitt met players from Chile and took selfies with fans as the SuperCup NI 2016 parade and ceremony took place in Coleraine yesterday

Other big draws include Newcastle United versus County Fermanagh at the Ballymena Showgrounds (7.30pm).

On Saturday evening Everton beat Celtic 1-0 in the final of the inaugural Under 21 competition.

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