Saturday, March 27, 2010

Search goes on for testimonial side

Source: Worcester News

11:10am Saturday 27th March 2010

By Steve Carley

A NEW team is being sought for Danny McDonnell’s testimonial after plans to play FC United of Man-chester fell through.

It had been hoped the Unibond Premier Division side would visit St George’s Lane in the summer for a match to raise money for the former Worcester City keeper.

However, the Lancashire outfit wanted a 50 per cent cut of the gate receipts and that was not acceptable to either the organisers or McDonnell.

They are now in talks with a number of clubs in an effort to secure an opponent for the showpiece event of the keeper’s testimonial.

Steve Goode, chairman of the organising committee, said: “The match against FC United won’t be played because they want half the gate receipts.

“The options were to increase the price which would cover what we would lose but Danny doesn’t want to rip off the Worcester public and wants to charge as little as possible.

“He could quite easily cash in on it but he’s not like that, he’s one of those true gents in football when it’s not about money. He wants to enjoy his benefit and let the supporters enjoy it as well.”

McDonnell, 37, played more than 350 games for City over nine years and is having his service honoured by the Blue Square South club.

There are many events planned, one of which is a golf day at Upper Sapey Golf Club on Friday, July 16. It costs £125 for a team of four, to include food.

Next Friday sees Worcester City fan Niels Eiriksson cycle from St George’s Lane to Staines for Worcester’s Blue Square South match.

Eiriksson is pedalling the 125 miles to raise money for the club’s supporters’ trust and he is continuing to gather sponsorship.

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