PAT Jennings has urged local football fans to turn out in their numbers for tonight’s Alan McDonald memorial game.
Jennings will manage a Northern Ireland International XI against a QPR Legends side at Seaview.
Former defender McDonald died suddenly on June 23 at the age of 48.
His death sent shockwaves throughout the sporting world, and tonight family, friends and fans will descend on the home of Crusaders to pay tribute to ‘Big Mac’.
“Alan was always a fans’ favourite. He was a great footballer and a big character,” World Cup goalkeeper Jennings said.
“Everyone hopes we can do Alan proud on Monday night and that the great Northern Ireland football family come out to remember him.
“It promises to be a great night with some big names turning out at Seaview.
“You have the likes of Iain Dowie, Sammy McIlroy, Steven Lomas, and Jimmy Nicholl all set to appear.
“The QPR side is being managed by Gerry Francis and it will include a number of household names including Les Ferdinand and Ray Wilkins.
“You could also see Bradley Allen, Andy Sinton and Danny Maddix taking part, so it promises to be a great occasion.
“We would encourage everyone to come out and support the night.”
The Alan McDonald Trust Fund will also be launched at tonight’s game.
The Trust – set up by Alan’s widow Tonia and some of his former close friends – aims to reach out to disadvantaged and disabled children in Belfast and other areas.
It hopes to provide facilities and projects that will have a positive impact on their lives through sport.
p Tickets, priced at £10 and £7, are available from Irish FA headquarters, Windsor Avenue, Belfast and from all Crusaders ticket outlets.
Fans can also pay on the night.