MANCHESTER United and Northern Ireland legend Harry Gregg was guest of honour at Tuesday night’s official launch of the 2011 ‘Football Special’ Foyle Cup which will see 132 teams from across Europe compete in Derry City, Strabane and Limavady from July 18th-23rd.
Praising the competition which is in its 19th year, Gregg said the competition provided an unique launch pad for the careers of many young footballers in the north west.
“The Foyle Cup is a fantastic competition and there is an unique atmosphere that prevails throughout the week of the tournament,” explained Gregg.
“The large attendances at all the matches across the North West region highlight how highly the public value the competition. The Foyle Cup has also been the perfect launch pad into a professional career for so many young Irish players who had been ‘discovered’ as a result of playing in the tournament.”
Acknowledging the growth of the competition, Tournament Chairman Michael Hutton expressed his delight that the event is not only attracting a high quality of entry but continuing to increasing it’s list of entries.
“When one thinks about the result the recession is having on spending power, it is remarkable to note we will have one of our highest ever entry of teams,” noted Mr. Hutton.
“The good name of Foyle Cup and the reports of the high quality of hospitality afforded so many throughout the week, travel far. While this year may not be the ‘glamorous’ event it has been in previous years in terms of entries from top European clubs due to the refusal by central government to fund the event, it will still be a week for all of us to be proud of.”
Mr Hutton also acknowledged the importance of sponsorship to the event, especially McDaid’s Football Special who came forward to be the tournament’s major sponsor.
“We are delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Foyle Cup,” explained Edward McDaid, Managing Director of McDaid’s Soft Drinks.
Mr Hutton also acknowledged the support afforded the event by our sponsors 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, by searching for ‘foylecup’ on twitter or on the tournament facebook page - www.facebook.com/foylecup