McGuinness watches match at Windsor

Published Monday, 05 March 2012
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Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has turned out at Windsor Park to watch Derry City play Linfield, in what is the first time he has visited the home of Northern Ireland football in over fifty years.

McGuinness watches match at Windsor
The Sinn Féin politician made a low key appearance at Windsor Park. (© Pacemaker)

The senior Sinn Féin politician took to the director's box for the low-key appearance at the Stetanta Cup match - which eventually ended in a 1-all draw.

There was no blaze of publicity as Mr McGuinness took his seat late and left early, with a few sports journalists reporting on the game discovering the off-pitch development.

"It was his first visit to Windsor Park since the Irish Cup final in 1964, where he watched Derry City beat Glentoran," Mark McIntosh from the Sunday Mirror told UTV.

Nearly fifty years on, it’s about time he was here.

Mark McIntosh, Sunday Mirror

"He didn't want to talk about that too much because his mate Peter Robinson, of course, is a Glentoran fan."

The Windsor visit comes in the wake of First Minister Peter Robinson's trip to Armagh to attend his first GAA match - the DUP leader was accompanied at the McKenna Cup final by Mr McGuinness.

And last August, Sinn Féin Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín watched Northern Ireland play the Faroe Islands at Windsor Park.

Mr McGuinness has already told UTV, in an interview in January of this year, that he would also like to go to a Northern Ireland match - having declared: "I've always said I'll support anybody wearing a green jersey."

After Monday night's trip to Windsor, Mark McIntosh said that was something which had come up again.

"He said he's going to be wanting to come to a Northern Ireland game quite soon," the reporter added.

"The sports minister's already been, so it'd be nice if Martin McGuinness could turn up with Peter Robinson for a Northern Ireland game soon."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
lorna in limavay wrote (1,057 days ago):
Sean from donegal. They can attending matches to their hearts content BUT there are under currents in the past that has to be faced up to. for us to say NOW we can all move on
Laura in Antrim wrote (1,057 days ago):
Lorna I assume that is a dig at the GAA. I pity your children, you are one twisted and ignorant lady.
maggie in north west wrote (1,058 days ago):
It is ridiculious that this is a TOP story. Did they play the Queen. Was there any flags flying. Why would Martin think this is a great thing to do.Martin should confess all he knows about terrorists then that would be a very welcomed approach at giving justice to his many victims FOR GOD'S SAKE Get real . Attending a football match were there are no barriers is not the same as giving justice. IS IT ?
sean in donegal wrote (1,058 days ago):
The posts from Norman,Yvonne,Lorna typifies all what is wrong in N Ireland. Surely people like them really need to wise up and move on.Peter Robinson attended a recent GAA game and like M MC G was welcomed by most.I never will understand narrow minded people and while we are all entitled to our own opinions surely positivity is the way forward.
Ulysses32 in Belfast wrote (1,058 days ago):
Oh, grow up, the lot of you.
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