'Ski' donates Irish jersey

Published 02/10/2012 | 16:13

Former Rovers and Ireland striker, Paul McGee, presents an international jersey and cap to Sligo Rovers Chairman, Dr. Dermot Kelly, at the Showgrounds last Saturday. Also included are Anthony Kilfeather (left) and Paul's son, Andrew.

FORMER SLIGO Rovers hero, Paul 'Ski' McGee, has donated an international jersey and cap to his home town club.

The former Irish international, who was a member of the Rovers team which won the League of Ireland Championship in 1977, made the presentation during the half time interval at last Saturday's game between Rovers and Derry City at the Showgrounds.

He said he decided to make the presentation to acknowledge the club's outstanding progress on and off the pitch over the last few years.

He was delighted to see Rovers winning the FAI Cup in 2010 and 2011 and said he was sure they would follow up by winning the League this year.

The Sligo-born legend also praised the magnificent improvements which had been carried out at the Showgrounds in the last few years.

He donated his first ever international jersey to the club. It was from a game between Ireland and Turkey in 1978. Ireland won 4-2 at Lansdowne Road and McGee got one of the goals.

McGee made his debut for Rovers at just fifteen years of age and was one of the club's outstanding players when they won the League in 1977.

"That was a brilliant season. I was fortunate enough to have a great career at club and international level but winning the League with my local club was definitely one of the highlights", he said.

McGee joined Queens Park Rangers the year after Rovers won the League and went on to play for Burnley and Preston North End in England.

McGee also played in Canada and Holland as well as for a number of clubs in the League of Ireland.

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