Remembering our Jimmy

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A special football tournament will beld later this summer as a tribute to the man known by many as ‘Mr Heights’.

Jimmy McGonigle passed away in October last year following a short illness.

As a founder member of the Coleraine and District League side, Jimmy played a key role in the Club until his passing.

Nicky Hanna, manager of the Heights morning team is one of the men behind the tribute, which will be raising funds for Chest, Heart and Stroke.

Nicky told Times Sport: “This will be the inaugural ‘Jimmy McGonigle Memorial Tournament’ which we are hoping to play on the Heights pitch on an annual basis.

“Jimmy was a big football fan, so there is no better way to pay tribute to him.

“He rarely missed a game and was always around the changing rooms shouting and joking with players.”

The tournament itself will see the two current heights teams competing against an Andy Shirlow Select side and a Gerry McGill select.

The two semi finals will be played on July 26 and 28 with the final on Saturday, August 2.

Plans are afoot for a presentation in the Montra Club followed by a disco - with all money being raised going to Chest, Heart and Stroke.

Nicky added: “We’ve already had donations from David McClarty, Maurice Bradley, Greenhall Insurance, Peking Garden, Chequers Pizza, Karen’s Cupcakes, Cathy McColgan and local referees Tony Young and Geoffrey Edgar have offered their services for the game.

Jimmy’s son, Trevor said the family are delighted with the idea:

“ My dad was always doing things for charity. And it’s nice to think that he’s still raising money even when he’s not here.

“It will be a very proud day for us all.”

If you would like to donate to the raffle or the charity contact Nicky on 07793971776 or add Heights FC on Facebook

RIGHT: The late Jimmy McGonigle