Saturday, March 20, 2010

FC United lined-up for Danny’s testimonial

Source: Worcester News

9:50am Saturday 20th March 2010

By Steve Carley »

A MATCH against FC United of Manchester is set to be the showpiece event for former Worcester City goalkeeper Danny McDonnell’s testimonial.

McDonnell spent nine years at St George’s Lane, making more than 350 appearances, en route to breaking the club appearance record for keepers, before retiring last August.

He is to have his service, which began back in May 2000, recognised with a series of events throughout the summer.

They will raise money for the 37-year-old who established himself as one of non-league’s best keepers during his time with the club, who host St Albans in Blue Square South today (3pm).

Talks have already taken place to arrange a fixture with FC United, who play in the Unibond Premier Division, as part of City’s pre-season programme this summer.

The events, all of which will be attended by McDonnell, kick-off with a race evening at the Lane on May 8.

A golf day is also being organised by former director Paul Curtis, while there are plans for a sportsman’s evening in September and an auction of promises and sports memorabilia. In addition, a 50/50 draw, to be run by agents for the club’s supergold lottery, will split proceeds between McDonnell and the Blue Square South club.

Supporter Steve Goode is chairman of the organising committee and has urged fans to come out in force to honour the keeper.

“He always stayed loyal to Worcester City and I hope people stay loyal to him,” said Goode, who also hopes to get ex-players along to events.

“He could have left Worcester for another club but stayed with City.

“With Danny in goal, every season it felt like we had a 12-point head start.

“It was very rarely you could say he made a mistake to let a goal in.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring an event or donating items for the auction can contact Goode on 01905-358809 (evenings).