Legends match in memory of Big Mac

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Former Northern Ireland and QPR players are set to play in a Legends match in memory of Rathcoole’s Alan McDonald - and officially launch The Alan McDonald Trust.

The match will take place at Seaview on Monday, September 10 (7.30pm kick-off) and will see the two teams lock horns under the leadership of legends of the Irish and English game, Pat Jennings and Gerry Francis. All proceeds from the match will be donated to the Alan McDonald Trust.

The Northern Ireland team will include Carrick Rangers boss Michael Hughes, Ballyclare’s Tommy Wright and John McClelland who is originally from Whiteabbey and Newtownabbey’s Alan Fettis.

The R’s XI will include Ray Wilkins, Kevin Gallen, Marc Bircham, Danny Maddix, Bradley Allen, Paul Furlong, Tony Roberts, Steve Wicks and Andy Sinton, as well as other team-mates of Alan from his 17-year career at Loftus Road.

The Alan McDonald Trust aims to reach out to the disadvantaged and disabled children of all cultures in Belfast and the local areas. The Trust will challenge the issues they face by providing facilities and projects that will have a positive and dynamic effect on their lives through participation in sport.

The Alan McDonald Trust has been set up by Alan’s widow Tonia and several of Macca’s former close friends, who aim to embrace his hard-working ethic and provide a sporting legacy for the youngsters of Northern Ireland.

“The response to this match has been fantastic,” said Tonia.

“I’m really taken aback by the numbers of ex-players who have committed to play for Alan. It should be a great evening and I’m really looking forward to seeing the ground full of both Irish and QPR fans.”

Tickets for the match will be priced at £10 (adults) and £7 concessions (Under-16’s and Over-65’s). On sale details will be announced in due course.

Northern Ireland players confirmed: Iain Dowie, Jim Magilton, Steve Morrow, Keith Gillespie, Jimmy Nicholl, Gerry Armstrong, Alan Fettis, Tommy Wright, Steve Lomas, Michael Hughes, John McClelland, Ian Stewart, Jimmy Quinn, Gerry Taggart, Robbie Dennison, Phil Gray, Sammy McIlroy, Mal Donaghy, John McClelland, Billy Hamilton, Ger McMahon, Kevin Wilson, Jim Cleary, Lee Doherty and Glenn Ferguson.