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Alan McDonald remains a huge loss eight years on from his shock death

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Fond memories: Alan McDonald with Pat Jennings after 1985 draw with England

Fond memories: Alan McDonald with Pat Jennings after 1985 draw with England

Celebrating Glentoran's Gibson Cup success with Paul Leeman

Celebrating Glentoran's Gibson Cup success with Paul Leeman

With brother Roy

With brother Roy

Alan McDonald

Alan McDonald

Fond memories: Alan McDonald with Pat Jennings after 1985 draw with England

If Alan McDonald was still with us today, he'd be telling us how much he misses football.

Instead, eight years on from his shock passing on June 23, 2012, we are still thinking about how much we miss him.

I can still remember it like it was yesterday. It felt like an ordinary Saturday as I strolled into the kitchen and tossed clothes into the washing machine.