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Manchester United fan Gary Lightbody has stars in his eyes

By Victoria Leonard

Snow Patrol frontman and avid Manchester United fan Gary Lightbody was left chasing stars yesterday, as he took to the pitch with club legends Bryan Robson and Denis Irwin in the Los Angeles sunshine.

The Bangor singer, who has made no secret of his love for the Red Devils, enjoyed a good run which even saw him score a goal against his football idols.

At the end of the five-a-side game, Robson, who was Manchester United's longest-serving captain, told MUTV that "both teams were evenly matched".

And while the local singer's team lost 2-1, Robson described Lightbody as a "good player".

Lightbody joked that he had "just got my 1985 replica shirt signed, that's my life made".

In addition to his sporting prowess, Lightbody's music career has gone from strength to strength. Snow Patrol's recently-released album Wildness, the first the band has produced in seven years, has received rave reviews.

In an interview with this newspaper in May, Lightbody told how he had battled alcohol, drugs and depression.

Reflecting on his success, he said: "It's made me realise that it doesn't actually matter what you have, it's who you are.

"Fame, fortune, none of it matters. I know that I'm a good person."

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