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Irish FA want permanent tribute to David Healy

By Steven Beacom

Northern Ireland record goalscorer David Healy is set to have a stand named after him at the new Windsor Park.

The Belfast Telegraph can reveal that the Irish Football Association are planning a lasting tribute to Healy when the £29.2 million redevelopment of the stadium is completed in 2015.

The 34-year-old from Killyleagh, who scored 36 goals in 95 international appearances, announced his retirement earlier this week and moves are already afoot at the IFA to ensure his heroics feats, which include a winning strike against England, a hat-trick in a victory over Spain and an unsurpassed number of goals in a Euro qualifying campaign, are recognised in the right way.

IFA President Jim Shaw said: "We will be considering an appropriate permanent reminder to mark David Healy's wonderful achievements for Northern Ireland."

A statue outside the new ground is an option, but the favoured choice at present among the powers that be is to name one of the stands at the new Windsor after the hugely popular Northern Ireland sporting icon.

Several years ago, Healy revealed to this newspaper his long term football aim was to manage his country and see his son Jude play for Northern Ireland at Windsor Park. Those dreams still hold true today... if they become reality, it'll be in a stadium with a stand bearing his name!

Manchester United manager David Moyes, who was Healy's boss at Preston, led the tributes to the retiring Kop idol saying: "He was a brilliant goalscorer and a great boy to work with."

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