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Devoted Roy is honoured with Malcolm Brodie Lifetime award

 

By Graham Luney

One of the Irish League's longest-serving heroes, Roy McDonald, has been awarded the Dr Malcolm Brodie Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Crusaders legend has devoted nearly 45 years of his life to the north Belfast club in a variety of roles but the respect for this giant of the domestic game stretches across the country. There was unanimous agreement on the voting panel that McDonald should receive this special recognition and he was proud to collect the prize at Belfast City Hall yesterday.

The Seaview goalkeeping coach is keeping the Crues' shot-stoppers Sean O'Neill and Michael Dougherty on their toes and passing on his wealth of experience to the back-to-back champions.

His own goalkeeping career included an Irish Cup win with Distillery and Irish League championship with Crusaders as well as a Northern Ireland amateur cap and Irish League representative appearances.

"It's been a wonderful experience and journey we have been on at Crusaders and we are where we are because of the hard work of the management, board and backroom team," said Roy.

"I had thought this might be my last season but Sean O'Neill might not let me retire!"

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