Derek Davis is looking down on us say Glasdrumman

Derek Davis and his Glasdrumman team celebrate winning the Celebrity Bainisteoir 2009 title. Picture by Gerard Black

DOWN junior football champions Glasdrumman have dedicated their win to the memory of their most famous former manager - Celebrity Bainisteoir Derek Davis.

The Bangor-born RTE broadcaster led the side to victory in the hard fought TV competition in 2009.

He died in May aged 67 after suffering a stroke.

The popular presenter managed the club, which is located between Newcastle and Kilkeel, with the help of his mentor 1991 and 1994 All-Ireland winning manager Pete McGrath.

A special tribute was paid to Davis in the match programme, and his former driver Gerry Kelly attended in his place, wearing the broadcaster's team shirt to the game.

Club chairman Gary McGreevy said the team were sure "Derek was up there looking down on us".

"Derek would never have missed this game if he had been alive," he said.

"He never would have been into GAA before, but he really took to our lads and he would have been up to two or three games a year.

"He was at the club two weeks before he died. He is sorely missed. He was a nice, jolly big fella. Gerry's away down the road with a couple of programmes home for his family."

Celebrity Bainisteoir, which was axed in 2013, asked eight non-sporting personalities to manage an intermediate club football team from their home county in an official GAA tournament.

Thousands of their fans packed into Parnell Park to watch the team emerge as winners against St Patrick's Dromahair GAA from Co Leitrim in the final.


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