West Donegal was beamed around the world last night when The Paddy Crerand Show was transmitted live from Ostan Gweedore by MUTV - the official television station of Manchester United Football Club.
Crerand’s mother was Sarah ‘Tim’ Boyle from Gweedore and having made the trip to Gweedore for three months every year when on his school holidays from his home in Glasgow, the former Celtic and Manchester United player remains familiar with the area.
Crerand was joined by former United and Northern Ireland player Norman Whiteside, who remains the youngest player ever to play in the World Cup finals when he was 17 in 1982. Whiteside scored a memorable winning goal for United against Everton in the 1985 FA Cup final in front of 100,000 fans at Wembley.
Alex Stepney, who was United’s goalkeeper and a teammate of Crerand’s in the 1968 European Cup final when the Old Trafford club won the trophy for the first time, defeating Benfica 4-1 at Wembley, was a phone guest, as was former Republic of Ireland and United full-back Denis Irwin. The Cork native played for United in their 1999 treble winning season, when they won the Premiership, FA Cup and Champion’s League, thanks to their stoppage time win against Bayern Munich in Barcelona.
MUTV has an audience of 18 million viewers in 68 countries and the local economy in west Donegal will be hoping for a spin-off in the coming weeks and months to their exposure. Stewart Gardner, the presenter of The Paddy Crerand Show, introduced a visual montage from Donegal at the beginning of the 90-minute programme and Crerand spoke freely about his childhood and travels to the area throughout.
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