Celtic return to defend Foyle Cup Trophy

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For the teams competing this year in the McDaid’s Football Special Foyle Cup, the wait is almost over as the Press Launch will be held in the City Hotel tonight at 7.30 p.m.

And this year’s event will witness the appearance of one of Manchester United’s legends Harry Gregg, a survivor and hero of the Munich air disaster, as the Guest Of Honour.

This year’s Foyle Cup will be held in Derry City, Strabane and Limavady Council areas area from July 18th to July 23rd and will witness one of the largest ever entries.

Celtic manager, Neil Lennon, has confirmed that the “Bhoys” will return to compete in the competition having recognised the event as one of the best managed tournaments in Europe.

In fact, Celtic are the current holders of the U14 Cup and they will be determined to be named the only team to win the trophy three years in a row having defeated Linfield in 2009 in one of the best finals to grace Brandywell Stadium in recent years and the win over Hearts last year.

Michael Hutton, Tournament Organiser is not surprised by the continued growth in the event: “I know that after the wonderful experience visiting teams have had during their stay in Derry each year, they leave determined to return. The Foyle Cup standards are exceptionally high and teams comment on how efficiently everything runs and how good the playing surfaces are.

“Each year, it is pleasing to note the growth in the growth of the Foyle Cup as more and more of our Senior Irish League and Airtricity League clubs recognise the opportunity being afforded them to prepare young players from their clubs to compete against top class opposition. One only has to look at the young team Derry City is fielding in the Airtricity League - all of whom came through the Derry & District Youth FA Foyle Cup teams,“ added Mr. Hutton.

Appealed for Support

Organising an event of this stature requires increased finance and Mr Hutton appealed for more support locally.

“While we much appreciate McDaid’s Football Special support, we are much appealing to local companies to get behind the 2011 event by sponsoring an age group, match balls or the player of the tournament award. We were shocked to discover that Northern Ireland Tourist Board decided against funding an event that occupies more than 13,000 bednights in the local area and has a huge economic impact on local area. We are grateful for the support afforded the event over this year by Derry City Council, Limavady Borough Council, Strabane District Council, Tesco and Derry Credit Union.

More details regarding this year’s event can be viewed on tournament website www.foylecup.com or Tel 02871-359734.