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FAI's John dons dancing shoes for charity Strictly show

IT'S less football, more foxtrot.

FAI boss John Delaney has faced his fair share of moments in the spotlight but this is one situation that he had trouble handling.

Rarely has he been lost for words, but the colourful soccer boss was a little uncomfortable as he attempted his best pose alongside four glammed-up models.

But his dancing poses were 'strictly' for a good cause.

Delaney was on hand in Dandelion cafe bar in Dublin to officially launch Strictly Come Soccer, which will be held in Citywest Hotel on May 24 to raise funds for The John Giles Foundation and Ireland Street Leagues.

Good sport John (45) stepped into his ballroom shoes for the great cause, and he soon lost his tie and jacket during the tiring - but entertaining - workout with his dancing partners.

Wearing their best Strictly Come Dancing outfits, Kerri Nicole Blanc and her three fellow Andrea Roche models, current Miss Universe Ireland Adrienne Murphy, Yurena Castro Shaw and Sinead Duffy joined John.

"It's a great idea so I've embarrassed myself for the right reasons," laughed John.


The charity, set up by Irish football legend and Herald columnist John Giles (pictured inset), will benefit from the dance event later this month.

Giles said he was overwhelmed by the turn out and is looking forward to the night in Citywest, but he won't be donning his own dancing shoes.

"I have two left feet so I will be leaving it to the professionals and the other dancers," John told the Herald. The 72-year-old Dubliner said he was delighted to be able to help "grass roots players" and those who did not have much growing up, as he started his career playing on the streets.