Gillespie star turn at Cloughmills NISC event

Cloughmills NISC members with guests Jim Shaw, Keith Gillespie and Liam Beckett.
Cloughmills NISC members with guests Jim Shaw, Keith Gillespie and Liam Beckett.

Keith Gillespie, former Northern Ireland, Manchester United, Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers legend was the star attraction at the recent 10th Anniversary celebrations for Cloughmills Northern Ireland Supporters Club.

The Clough Glasgow Rangers Supporters Club hosted an enjoyable evening, where President of The Irish Football Association, Mr Jim Shaw was the guest speaker.

Cloughmills NISC treasurer Richard Forsythe presents a donation to Marie Curie Patron Lady Juliette Frazer.

Cloughmills NISC treasurer Richard Forsythe presents a donation to Marie Curie Patron Lady Juliette Frazer.

Local BBC pundit, Liam Beckett, conducted a superb interview with Gillespie, when Keith relayed stories about his early days with Northern Ireland and coming through the “Class of 92” with Beckham, Scholes and the Nevilles at Old Trafford-and also how Sir Alex Ferguson had reason to discipline him over an alleged breach of club discipline!

The club also informed the audience of their charity work in the community, where they regulary sponsor cross community and local Schools Football tournaments.

Indeed, in April of this year the club organised a coach trip to the “Marie Curie Irish Cup Final” where Ballymena United took on Glenavon at Windsor Park. Profits of £400-00 from the trip were handed over at the event to Lady Juliette Frazer, Patron of the local Marie Curie group.

Jim Shaw congratulated the club on 10 years of being part of the “Green and White Army” and hoped they could perhaps “Meet up in France on the summer of 2016-if the team continues to maintain the great run of results shown to date, in the European Qualifiers”

Local MC and club member, Edwin McLaughlin, had the audience in raptures with his annual club review, and Chairman Samuel Forsythe helped present members with a small token gift to commemorate the activities of the past ten years.