Big-hearted Irish League star Sean Armstrong will dedicate all funds raised from his tribute match tomorrow to a young mother in need of an urgent cancer operation.
Armstrong was touched when he read about 22-year-old Bronagh Wilson’s fight against brain cancer. She was diagnosed shortly after her son Daniel was born 10 weeks premature a year ago.
Friends and family of the west Belfast woman recently set up the Bronagh Wilson Trust with an aim to raise £50,000 for private therapy programmes.
Armstrong is to be honoured by his former Coleraine colleagues tomorrow at Celtic Park when the 2003 Irish Cup winning side re-unites to face Donegal Celtic’s 2003 Steel and Sons Cup winning team.
It is expected that Celtic legends Neil Lennon and Jackie McNamara, Northern Ireland and Ipswich star Gareth McAuley, former Manchester United players Phil Mulryne and Russell Beardsmore, ex-Aston Villa star Mark Draper, and former international Jim Magilton will feature as guest players.
The 2003 Coleraine team will be managed by ex-boss Marty Quinn.
Normally such a game would line the pockets of the celebrated player but Armstrong, also an Irish Cup winner with Glentoran, said: “The boys at Donegal Celtic came up with the idea of playing a game in recognition of my career. It will be great to see the 2003 Coleraine side back together again.
“I wouldn’t have been comfortable taking money from a game that people put effort into as a means of saying ‘well done, you had a good career’.
“I told the guys at Donegal Celtic that I had read Bronagh’s story and wanted to help her. There’s a lot of good people around her doing their best to raise money to help her fight against cancer and I think it’s great that the local football community can help.”
Donegal Celtic manager Pat McAllister, who was Coleraine's skipper in that historic cup final win over Glentoran, will also feature for his former club.
Prior to the main game at 2pm, Coleraine youth club Bertie Peacock U10s will face Donegal Celtic’s U10 at 1pm.
Admission to the game and after match entertainment is £5.