With 52 International caps and 476 appearances for QPR, many former teammates of the late Alan McDonald are taking part in a game to honour his memory and launch a charity initiative in his name. Keith Gillespie and Mal Donaghy are part of the Northern Ireland legends team which will face QPR legends at Seaview on 10th September. The game is being sponsored by local betting firm McLean’s bookmakers and used to launch the Alan McDonald Trust, a cross-community sports programme for disadvantaged and disabled children.
The teams will be managed by Pat Jennings and Gerry Francis and contain friends and former teammates of the late Northern Ireland and QPR defender, including members of the ‘82 and ‘86 World Cup squads such as Gerry Armstrong and Sammy McIlroy. More recent teammates including Jim Magilton, Iain Dowie and QPR’s Ray Wilkins will also be taking part in the game.
The Alan McDonald Trust has been set up to help disadvantaged and disabled children in Belfast and beyond by providing facilities and projects that will have a positive and dynamic effect on their lives through participation in sport.
The game starts at 7.30pm and tickets can be purchased at the Irish FA and Crusaders FC Social Club, Adults £10; Concession £7.