Big night planned for Forde

Bray People - - SPORT -

A NIGHT of cel­e­bra­tion is planned for the Ash­down Park Ho­tel in Gorey on Satur­day, Jan­uary 19, and it’s an event not to be missed for any­one who has ad­mired Matty Forde’s foot­balling wiz­ardry in more than 20 years of a distin­guished play­ing ca­reer.

‘This is Your Life’ was once one of the most pop­u­lar pro­grammes on tele­vi­sion, with Ir­ish-born host Ea­monn An­drews and his big red book sur­pris­ing spe­cial guests be­fore bring­ing them on a jour­ney through their lives with the as­sis­tance of friends and fam­ily.

And while Matty is well aware of what’s go­ing to hap­pen at this func­tion on Satur­day week, the gen­eral theme will be some­what sim­i­lar as it has been or­gan­ised first and fore­most to say a sin­cere ‘thank you’ to one of his county’s best-ever foot­ballers.

How­ever, a strong el­e­ment of sur­prise will be in­volved too, be­cause the Ki­lanerin and Wex­ford leg­end will be feted on the night by a string of house­hold names from the world of sport, and their iden­ti­ties won’t nec­es­sar­ily be re­vealed in ad­vance.

With a host of sur­prise guests al­ready con­firm­ing their at­ten­dance, it prom­ises to be a very en­joy­able event and the per­fect so­cial oc­ca­sion to whet one’s ap­petite for an­other busy year of sport.

The or­gan­is­ers are keen to stress that this is not be­ing run as a fundraiser for Matty, and no in­di­vid­u­als will re­ceive any money from their in­volve­ment in the ex­er­cise.

Any cash left over af­ter ex­penses will be di­vided be­tween three worthy causes: Gorey Hos­pice, the Wex­ford un­der-age de­vel­op­ment squads, and the Ki­lanerin Coiste na nOg sec­tion.

Michael Mc­Gov­ern of Mc­Gov­ern’s pub in Gorey, the for­mer Craan­ford and Wex­ford foot­baller, is one of the main driv­ing forces be­hind the event, and he has spent count­less hours com­pil­ing a DVD doc­u­ment­ing Matty’s glit­ter­ing ca­reer with club and county.

In­deed, per­sis­tence paid off late last week when footage of one of his finest hours – his in­di­vid­ual haul of 2-10 in the 2004 championship against Of­faly in Wex­ford Park – was fi­nally un­earthed af­ter prov­ing very elu­sive to track down.

A free copy of this DVD will be pre­sented to adult ticket hold­ers for an event which is ex­pected to at­tract a ca­pac­ity at­ten­dance given the es­teem in which Matty is held in sport­ing cir­cles.

Tick­ets are €10 for adults and €5 for un­der-18s, and they are avail­able from four out­lets: My Sport, En­nis­cor­thy; Hore’s Stores, Wex­ford; Ash­down Park Ho­tel, Gorey; Mur­phy’s, Ki­lanerin.

For­mer Wex­ford star Mat­tie Forde’s ca­reer will be cel­e­brated on Jan­uary 19 in Gorey. Forde has trained teams in Wick­low in the past.

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