Seaside memorial for Moyes' mum

PREMIESHIP football boss David Moyes, certainly doesn't forget his roots.

The Everton manager took time out of his busy schedule to visit Portrush last Wednesday on very special family business.

Moyes, who gave a 16-year-old Wayne Rooney his Premiership debut, has a strong connection with the seaside town and the Coleraine area.

Last summer he had no hesitation in bringing an Everton select side to Coleraine to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Northern Ireland Milk Cup

David's late mother Joan and his grandmother Mattie were orginially from Portrush. When his mother died last summer, David's father, David snr, thought it would be a nice idea to have a memorial summer seat placed in Portrush to remember his wife.

The Moyes family then got in contact with Coleraine Borough Council, who agreed to erect the memorial seat at the Harbour in Portrush - a place David's mum loved to visit on trips back home to Portrush.

David's cousin, Dessie Brown, secretary of Coleraine Football Club, told The Coleraine Times: "David's father came up with the idea of having a memorial summer seat in Portrush.

"The whole family thought it would be a lovely idea, so they contacted the Council and it was agreed.

"The seat has already been made and the memorial plaque is on the seat ready for installation.

"The Moyes family have very strong links with Portrush. David (snr] met his wife in Portrush and the family have been back many times for visits and holidays down through the years. Mrs Moyes' remains are buried at Ballywillan graveyard, on the outskirts of the town.

"David (junior] was over to watch the Northern Ireland game on Wednesday, so he took the opportunity to visit Portrush and look at sites for the memorial.

"He met with Council officials and workers and visited the Council depot to have a look at the summer seat," revealed Dessie.