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Reds hero Butt insists north coast clouds won't rain on SuperCup parade

Welcome: Nicky Butt arrives in Coleraine last night
Welcome: Nicky Butt arrives in Coleraine last night

By Keith Baillie

Manchester United's new head of first team development, Nicky Butt, pleaded with the sun to come out for today's StatSports SuperCupNI games.

The north coast rain threatened to put a dampener on last night's opening ceremony, but it didn't stop hundreds of fans from packing the stands at Coleraine Showgrounds to welcome former United star Butt and over 50 competing teams.

Unfortunately, Butt's own Manchester United U-15 team missed the traditional parade after their flight from Manchester was delayed. They will arrive in time for today's game with American side Strikers at Broughshane.

Butt said after taking part in last night's traditional opening parade through Coleraine: "Hopefully the sun comes out tomorrow, because it's not very nice tonight.

"But regardless of the weather, I'm sure all the players will go home with some great memories of this tournament.

"I know I have some fantastic memories of playing here. I was lucky enough to win this tournament in 1991 and it was a really special moment for myself and all my team-mates.

"The players will learn so much this week, as they will have the opportunity to play against different styles from all over the world."

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As well as the usual Minor, Junior and Premier section games today, Manchester United's U-23s will play David Jeffrey's Ballymena United in a SuperCupNI challenge match.

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