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Striking legend David Healy set to make Milk Cup draw


Experience: David Healy has played in previous Milk Cups

Experience: David Healy has played in previous Milk Cups

Brian Little

Experience: David Healy has played in previous Milk Cups

Northern Ireland's record goalscorer David Healy will make the draw for next month's Dale Farm Milk Cup in Belfast tomorrow.

The former Manchester United and Rangers striker, who netted 36 goals for his country, was a winner at the international youth tournament with Northern Ireland back in 1997 on the second of three appearances at the event.

He also competed for United in the Junior competition in 1994 when they lost 1-0 to Middlesbrough in the final at Coleraine Showgrounds and two years later made the first of his two appearances with Northern Ireland, who were unbeaten in the Elite section - and only lost out on the title to Turkey on goal difference.

"The Dale Farm Milk Cup is a fabulous competition with a worldwide reputation and I remember winning with Northern Ireland in a team that included Aaron Hughes, Andy Kirk and Jeff Whitley," said Healy, who is now involved in coaching with the Irish FA.

Tournament chairman Victor Leonard added: "It is a privilege to welcome a true Northern Ireland legend of the modern era to join us for the draw.

"David is someone who our young aspiring players look up to and he is an excellent example of how a young player can develop into an international star."

Also taking part in the draw at W5 in the Odyssey is world famous football freestyle artist John Farnworth, who has won both World and European titles in football freestyle and currently holds five Guinness world records.

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Farnworth recently met his idol Neymar in Barcelona and dazzled the Brazilian star with his skills.

The 33rd Dale Farm Milk Cup tournament begins with the traditional parade of teams through Coleraine on Sunday, July 26, concluding with finals night at Ballymena Showgrounds on Friday, July 31.

In addition to the title sponsors, the Dale Farm Milk Cup is supported by the Causeway Coast and Glens Council, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Tourism Northern Ireland, DCAL, Mitre and The Beautiful Game, with BBC Sport NI as broadcast partners.

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