Friday 20 October 2017

Spot the ballers - League of Ireland stars strip for a great cause

The 12 scantily-clad League of Ireland stars have officially launched their calendar for 2014.
The 12 scantily-clad League of Ireland stars have officially launched their calendar for 2014.

It’s the Full Monty Irish-style as a group of professional footballers have stripped off their kit for a great cause. James Chambers

The 12 scantily-clad League of Ireland stars have officially launched their calendar for 2014.

The brainchild of Drogheda’s James Chambers, the proceeds of the calendar will be sold in aid of Gary O’Neill’s medical costs with a percentage going to the Irish Cancer Society.

It was announced in September of this year that striker O’Neill wouldn’t play again this season after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Chambers, who features in the calendar, spent eight weeks organising the project.

And for those that are fans of the flexing footballers, they can meet the featured players as they sell the calendar outside the Aviva Stadium before this Sunday FAI Ford Cup Final between Drogheda United and Sligo Rovers.

The racy calendar is made of 12 players, one from each club in the League of Ireland Premier Division.

“We want to thank Ford firstly for their very generous donation that enabled this calendar to happen,” PFAI Chairman Stephen McGuinness said.

“Gary’s diagnosis with testicular cancer in September was a shock to everyone involved in the Irish football community and his fellow League of Ireland professionals have bared (almost) everything to help raise funds for Gary and raise awareness of testicular cancer.

“We’re proud of the players as they have really rallied around Gary since the news broke and it shows the impact it can have and what people can do when everyone works together for a common cause”.

As well as being available on Sunday at the Aviva Stadium, the will be available to purchase in HMV, Shamrock Rovers club shop and Drogheda United club from Friday, 1st November costing €9.99.

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