I was shocked and upset to hear last Saturday of the sudden death of Alan McDonald.
I had the pleasure of meeting and playing under Alan last summer, when he managed Team McDonald at Windsor Park. It was a great experience, listening to his stories, taking in his coaching and being in his company.
At school, I had a friend who switched his allegiance from Manchester United to QPR, mainly because Alan played for them.
Football to some is just a game; to those who believe, it touches lives, creates memories and, once in a while, you get the chance to meet a true legend like Alan.
In the footballing world today, where money and big egos rule, Alan was from the old school, where pride and passion for the shirt meant everything.
A true gentleman and a Northern Ireland legend. Rest in Peace.