(Apologies this article is only being published now – it somehow slipped under the radar!)
Paul Mulholland fulfilled a boyhood dream of playing for his home town club Newry City, when he pulled on the famous blue and white stripes in a pre-season friendly match against Maynooth Town at The Showgrounds back in August 2015.
This all came about when Paul was the highest bidder in a fundraising auction held during Newry City AFC’s 2014/2015 awards night, in which the person with the highest bid would have the opportunity to take part in a pre-season friendly for the club.
Speaking to Newrycityafc.co.uk after the match, an elated Paul described his once in a life time experience:
“I fulfilled my boyhood dream when I ran onto the Showgrounds pitch wearing the Newry City jersey. The Newry Management and players made me feel so welcome. They made me feel really at home and treated me like one of their own, and for that I can’t thank them enough. When the final whistle went I wished it hadn’t of ended. I’ll never forget it and it’s something I’ll tell the grand-kids about in years to come.”