Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Football legends honour Alan McDonald

Former Northern Ireland and QPR skipper Alan McDonald, who died earlier this year

Tickets are now on sale for a special match at Seaview next month honouring the memory of Northern Ireland and QPR hero Alan McDonald.

A legendary line-up of Northern Ireland and Queen’s Park Rangers greats will assemble at the north-Belfast venue to pay tribute to the man who came from a humble background in Rathcoole but had the strength of character and talent to go on to represent his country at the World Cup Finals in Mexico, 1986.

Tickets for the game on September 10 can be purchased from the Irish FA — and the contest will also officially launch The Alan McDonald Trust.

The Trust, set up by Big Mac’s widow Tonia and some of his former close friends, aims to reach out to the disadvantaged and disabled children of all cultures in Belfast and other areas.

It will challenge the issues they face by providing facilities and projects that will have a positive and dynamic effect on their lives through participation in sport.

On September 10 many of Alan’s former team-mates will be at Seaview to support the tribute.

Alan, who passed away on June 23 at the age of 48, enjoyed a 17-year career at Loftus Road and Gerry Francis will take charge of the QPR team, with Pat Jennings managing Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland team will include Iain Dowie and Jim Magilton, both former QPR managers, along with former team members of Alan from the Northern Ireland World Cup squads of 1982 and 1986, and a host of other internationals including Sammy McIlroy, Keith Gillespie, Jimmy Nicholl, Gerry Armstrong, Jimmy Quinn, Ian Stewart, Billy Hamilton and Steve Lomas.

Others approached to take part are Celtic boss Neil Lennon, Alan Fettis, Tommy Wright, Michael Hughes, John McClelland, Gerry Taggart, Robbie Dennison, Phil Gray, Mal Donaghy, Ger McMahon and Stephen Craigan.

The R’s XI will include Ray Wilkins|(pictured), Kevin Gallen, Marc Bircham, Danny Maddix, Bradley Allen, Paul Furlong, Tony Roberts, Steve Wicks and Andy Sinton.

Tickets for the game are priced £10 (adults) and £7 concessions (Under-16’s and Over-65’s).

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