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Rolling back the years at Leckview in memory of 'Busty'

Legends match celebrates the memory of Eunan 'Busty' Blake

Diarmaid Doherty

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Legends game for Busty

From left, Tony Blake, Liam Blake, Katie Blake, Liam Coyle and Dessie Kelly following Saturday night's game. Picture: Stephen Doherty

There was a night of nostalgia and special memories at Leckview Park in Letterkenny in a special match organised to celebrate the memory of Eunan 'Busty' Blake.

Two legends teams representing Letterkenny Rovers and Derry City served up a hugely enjoyable encounter on Saturday evening, and while their best days might be behind them, those who took part produced some quality football, and plenty of goals.

The Letterkenny Rovers legends team

Unfortunately for the Letterkenny side, captained by Busty's son, Tony, the Derry City legends just had that bit more quality - and they ran out comfortable winners.

But the result mattered little as those involved in the game - many of whom had played under Busty during their careers - turned out for a sporting legend who is sadly missed.

Busty was a lifelong Letterkenny Rovers club member and part of his wonderful career was spent with Derry City where he enjoyed some notable success.

Derry City legends who played at Leckview Park on Saturday night

Liam Coyle, manager of the Derry legends team, was presented with the cup following his team's victory and he paid a glowing tribute to a man who has left his mark on the game here in the north west.

Paul Duffy of Letterkenny Rovers, is closed down by Paul Hegarty, Derry City

Photos by Stephen Doherty