Bertie McMinn Memorial Shield
Lisburn Distillery is delighted to announce, that in conjunction with Shankill United, New Grosvenor Stadium will be the venue for inaugural “Bertie McMinn Memorial Shield” match on Saturday 6th July (kick-off 3.00pm).
The game is also a fundraiser for the Northern Ireland Hospice.
Bertie McMinn died on 04th October 2018 after a short illness – his passing was devasating for his family, and his friends at Distillery and Shankill United. Bertie was a genuine legend here at the Whites; an exceptional player who remained loyal to the club over a number of decades, he was our good friend, a popular member of the Distillery family. Bertie played for Distillery in a career that spanned 15 seasons, he scored 105 goals in 524 appearances (a club all-time record) and was accepted as one of the best players of his generation.
After he retired from playing, Bertie went on to coach and manage his local club Shankill United, guiding them to back to back league titles between 2008-2011. He continued to remain closely involved with the club after standing down as manager.
The “Bertie McMinn Memorial Shield” will be an annual fixture between Distillery and Shankill United and the venue will be swtiched between New Grosvenor Stadium and The Hammer Complex in the coming years.
The McMinn family acknowledged the care and support Bertie received from the Northern Ireland Hospice and to help support the magnificent work the Northern Ireland Hospice does, all gate receipts from the fixture will be donated to the charity.
Bertie’s son Ryan, said; “It’s great to see my dad’s legacy live on through the two football clubs that meant so much to him. It’s also fitting that the proceeds of the game will go to a charity which is now so close to the hearts of the entire family. It’s such a special place with special people who take the best care of the patients.” Ryan also added “My dad was certainly given the most loving and thoughtful care during the last few months of his life. As a family we are eternally grateful.”
Supporters will be asked to make a minimum donation of £5.00 when entering the ground. There is no charge for under 16s.