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In The Irish News: Aug 12 1997: Declan Bonner is new Donegal senior manager

Declan Bonner

DECLAN Bonner was last night named as the new manager of the Donegal senior football team.

The Na Rossa man, who celebrated his 32nd birthday yesterday, was elected unopposed after all the other candidates withdrew at last night’s meeting.

Bonner has been appointed for two years with the option of extending this for another year and is expected to name his back-up team early next week.

Last night he said that while the chance had come earlier than expected, he was delighted to become the new manager.

“I was always prepared to put something back into the game but I didn’t think I would get the chance so soon,” he said.

“It’s going to take a lot of hard work but I knew that when I took the job on.

“I’m determined to put in the time and effort required and although’s there’s no guarantee of success, I’m hopeful we can achieve things in the two years.”

Bonner also hinted that there could be some changes in the Donegal side under his management.

“There’ll be new lads coming in and we have to get on with team-building again.”

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KEVIN McBride’s promoters are looking at the prospect of going on a shoe safari soon to America after the European wings of leading sportswear manufacturers could not answer a bigger than average SOS.

Ireland’s heavyweight hope needs ski-sized boxing footwear, has out-grown size 15 boots, leaving promoter Frank Maloney with a problem to solve to make sure ‘big foot’ doesn’t go barefoot.

McBride is wearing out his existing stock as he prepares for this month’s make or break battle in Berlin with Germany’s former three-time world title challenger Axel Schulz.

Maloney is to undertake a shoe search in the US during the pre-fight media blitz of prime-time American TV for Lennox Lewis’ forthcoming WBC heavyweight title defence against Andrew Golota.

“We have a problem with McBride’s feet,” says spokesman Ed Robinson.

“Kevin just keeps on growing. We now need a size 15 and a half boxing boots specially made, and we’ve drawn a blank here.”

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LAVEY and Derry star Henry Downey will miss tomorrow night’s senior football championship semi-final replay with Dungiven and is also unlikely to play in the county final if Lavey progress.

Downey was sent off in the first-half of Sunday’s thriller after an altercation with Dungiven’s Geoffrey McGonigal.

With the county final between Castledawson and the winners of tomorrow night’s clash fixed for August 24, Downey is considered doubtful to be free to line out for Lavey.

McGonigal was sent off in the second-half at Ballinascreen and is also ruled out of tomorrow night’s replay.

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THIS time last year Down became the first camogie side in the country to fly to a fixture in another part of the country.

That was for the All-Ireland Intermediate final in Limerick.

On the weekend after next they take to the skies, Shannon-bound again, this time for the Intermediate semi-final against Clare on August 24th.

The team have a two night stopover in Jury’s Inn and will fly home again on the Monday morning hopefully still looking forward to an All-Ireland final.

Any supporters wishing to fly with the team are asked to get in touch immediately with Paul Welsh.

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