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Ex-Celtic striker Sutton to be guest of honour

By Staff Reporter

The young hopefuls who will take to pitches all across the north west in this year's Dale Farm Milk Cup will get to rub shoulders with a man who can boast having won league titles in England and Scotland during his career - as well as playing for his country.

Former Blackburn Rovers and Celtic striker Chris Sutton will be the guest of honour at the tournament's opening parade through Coleraine tomorrow evening, which starts from The Diamond at 7pm, on its way to the opening ceremony at the Coleraine Showgrounds.

Sutton was also Britain's most expensive player when he joined Blackburn from Norwich City in the summer of 1994 and along with Alan Shearer they fired Rovers to their one and only Premier League title a year later. At Celic Sutton won three league titles and three Scottish Cups and having progressed from Norwich's youth ranks to make his first-team debut at the age of 18, he is an example to the young players that will meet him tomorrow evening.

"Chris did not hesitate to accept our invitation and we are pleased to host a player who entertained followers of the Premier League across the world with his prolific goalscoring, as indeed he continued to do at Celtic," said Dale Farm Milk Cup tournament secretary Jim Weir.

The Dale Farm Milk Cup gets underway on Monday, culminating with finals night at Ballymena Showgrounds on Friday 31 July.

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