NI honour McDonald at Windsor
Published Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Former Northern Ireland captain Alan McDonald was honoured at the international side's first game since he passed away in June, aged 48.
A minute's applause will be held for Alan McDonald at Windsor Park. (© Pacemaker)
The Irish FA wants to give fans an opportunity to hold their own tribute the retired footballer, who spent most of his playing career with QPR and also managed Glentoran.
As Northern Ireland take on Finland in a home friendly on Wednesday night, Alan's son and brother led out the teams before the match and a minute's applause was held.
It will be very emotional, but we spoke to a lot of supporters' clubs and they all want to pay their respects.
Geoff Wilson, IFA
"We have a dedicated section in the match programme with various tributes," said Geoff Wilson from the IFA.
"Alan gave tremendous service to the Northern Ireland team and remained a passionate supporter long after his playing career came to an end," Gary McAllister from the Amalgamation of Northern Ireland Supporters' Clubs said.