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Friday 20 September 2019

A day for 'Locker'

Big event for legendary kitman Michael Davis in Stradbrook

Pictured are Alan Cawley (Legends player), Cabinteely Assistant manager Eddie Gormley, Collie Philips (Locker’s Legends manager), Eddie Wallace (League of Ireland Legends manager) and Cabinteely Director of Football Pat Devlin
Pictured are Alan Cawley (Legends player), Cabinteely Assistant manager Eddie Gormley, Collie Philips (Locker’s Legends manager), Eddie Wallace (League of Ireland Legends manager) and Cabinteely Director of Football Pat Devlin

Special day at Stradbrook

The Michael 'Locker' Davis Testimonial Day Committee is delighted to announce details of a Testimonial Day for the legendary kitman in Stradbrook on Sunday next, August 25.

Locker will be rewarded for his great service to football at club, League of Ireland and International level with a trio of matches involving the players, managers and clubs he has served in the Dun Laoghaire area and further afield for nearly forty years.

The special day will start at 2pm with a match between League of Ireland Legends, managed by Eddie Wallace and Locker's Legends, managed by Collie Phillips.

This will be followed by a women's match between Ladies Legends and a Ladies Borough Select at 3.30pm. The final game of the day, which will kick off at 4.30pm, will see Cabinteely/Bray Wanderers/Borough Select, managed by Pat Devlin, Eddie Gormley and Graham O'Hanlon, take on a League of Ireland Select, managed by Keith Long.

International referee, Paul Tuite, will lead a team of match officials for the games.

Following the games there will be a night of entertainment in the Sallynoggin Inn from 8pm.

Tickets for the game are priced at €10 each and are available from Cabinteely FC, Bray Wanderers, St Joseph Boys FC and TEK United or on Match Day.

Locker, as Michael is affectionately known, is in hospital at present and his many friends in football have rallied around him and his family at this difficult time. He is a well-known and respected character in football circles and has served the game with loyalty, a sense of humour and much laughter since the late 1970s.

Sending him good wishes recently, the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, commended Locker for his 'renowned good cheer and sharp sense of humour'.

Pat Devlin, Director of Football and First Team Manager at Cabinteely FC, said, 'I've known Locker for nearly 40 years now and I can honestly describe him as one of my best friends on and off the pitch. We enjoyed some great times together at club level and had great cup and league successes. When I was involved at League Representative or Irish International level, I had no hesitation of including him as part of my backroom team. His dedication, loyalty and all-round good humour always made him a pleasure to work with and I am delighted to be involved in this Testimonial Day for him'.

Donal Conway, President of the Football Association of Ireland said, 'The football community is full of people who go above and beyond the call of duty and Michael 'Locker' Davis would be foremost among those volunteers of the game. I am delighted that our community is getting behind Locker and his family at this time and on behalf of the FAI I would like to wish everyone involved in the Testimonial Day a very successful event".

Paying tribute to Locker, Dundalk Goalkeeper and PFAI Chairman, Gary Rogers, said, 'From my own experience of Locker, even before I joined Bray Wanderers, he was always most welcoming, whether you were playing for Bray or the opposition. He was already a League of Ireland legend when I joined Bray and I soon found out why after joining them. I am hoping for a big turnout for Locker's Testimonial Day and it will be great to catch up with some old friends as well. It should be a real good day and hopefully we will have plenty of people there to support him'.

Keith Long, who will manage the League of Ireland Select, described Locker as a 'really lovable guy with an easy- going nature'.

'Locker has been a friend of mine for many years through my previous association with Bray Wanderers. He's a great person to have at a football club with his quick wit and easy-going nature. He took great pride in his role as Kitman, doing the job with the upmost professionalism. I am delighted to be manager of the League of Ireland Select team for Locker's Testimonial Day and I am looking forward to great support for him and his family on the day.' he said.

Collie Phillips, Manager of Locker's Legends, said Locker was 'the ultimate professional kitman and one of the funniest and cheekiest people you could ever have the pleasure of meeting'.

He went on, 'From Derry City to Cork City and every League club in between you would hear a funny story about what Locker did or said. You would also be guaranteed that every story you would hear would be funnier than the previous one. A great man and great fun'.

Eddie Wallace, Manager of the League of Ireland Legends, said, 'I've worked with Locker, on and off, for over 45 years, which is a long time. The word 'legend' is used very loosely in football but in this case, it perfectly describes Locker. We had a lot of good, funny times together, a lot of disappointments but some very happy times too. This Testimonial Day should be a celebration day because that's what he would want. Let's enjoy the day for Locker'.

For further information contact Paul Dowling, Head of Media and Communications, Cabinteely FC on media@cabinteelyfc.ie or 086 8554846.

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