Bray Wanderers and Shamrock Rovers Legends to play Jacko McDonagh testimonial game

Bray Wanderers and Shamrock Rovers will pay tribute to Jacko McDonagh this weekend at the Carlisle Grounds this Sunday with a testimonial game.

Legends from both clubs will play each other in this clash with all monies raised going towards the former Ireland defender’s battle with serious illness.

McDonagh’s life was changed forever when he suffered a stroke in 2022 and he is now in full-time care at a South Dublin nursing home with both clubs keen to do their bit to boost the fundraising efforts with this fixture, labelled ‘Together For Jacko’.

The gates will open at 1.30pm on Sunday with the match between the Bray Wanderers Legends and Shamrock Rovers Legends beginning at 3pm.

The Wanderers side will include FAI Cup final hat-trick hero John Ryan alongside Seagulls legends Josh Moran, Robbie Doyle, Jason Byrne, Martin Nugent, Collie Phillips, Dermot Judge and Bo McKeever.

The Hoops Legends will include his former team-mates Mick Byrne, Pat Byrne and Anto Whelan while legendary whistlers Pat Kelly, Graham Kelly and Liam Gavin will take charge of the fixture.

“Jacko McDonagh is a League of Ireland legend whose abilities on the pitch are reflected by his popularity off it,” said Hoops Legend Mick Byrne.

“There isn’t a fan I’ve met in the League recently who hasn’t asked me how Jacko is doing. This is our opportunity to say thank you to Jacko and to raise much needed funds as he continues his battle against this debilitating illness.

“I know how much he means to Rovers and to the League of Ireland and Sunday’s game deserves to be supported.”

Bray Wanderers Director of Football Pat Devlin added: “The McDonagh family are very grateful that this game is being staged in Bray on Sunday and they really appreciate all the support they have received to date from the Irish football community.”

Tickets for Sunday’s game are available via the Bray Wanderers website and cost €25 for a family ticket (two adults and two kids), €10 for adults and €5 for children. They can be bought here.