Golf for Mary 2011 event nearing!
10/05/2011A host of celebrities and sporting stars will once again be taking to the fairways of the stunning Peraleja Golf Club in the Golf For Mary event.
After the huge success of the debut event a year ago, many of the big names are returning to the course in order to take part once again, raising money for the Mary Leishman Foundation.
Celebrities taking part are:
DAVID JOHNSON: A former striker who started his career at Everton before moving to Ipswich, but later made his name across Stanley Park with Liverpool between 1976 and 1982. Winner of five league titles, three European Cups and two League Cups during that spell, David also scored six goals in just eight games for England. Now a regular at Anfield on matchdays hosting hospitality lounges and can be heard on Radio Merseyside. Has scored for both Liverpool clubs in the Merseyside derby!
NEALE COOPER: Born in India, Neale was a tough tackling member of Alex Ferguson’s all conquering Aberdeen side between 1979 and 1983. Two league titles, four Scottish Cups, one league cup and the European Cup Winners Cup title after beating Real Madrid in the final were his honours. Moved onto Rangers before then winning the first division title with Dunfermline in 1996. Since managed Ross County, Hartlepool and Gillingham amongst others.
JIMMY CASE: Signed for Liverpool in 1973 and stayed in their first team for 8 years, picking up four league titles, a UEFA cup, three European Cups and league cup amongst his trophy haul. Long playing career ended with a second spell at Brighton in 1996 where he was also briefly manager.
JOHN WATSON: In an era when Celtic and Rangers were paying millions for strikers, the Dunfermline star outdid them all by winning Scotland’s coveted Golden Boot award as top scorer in the country. All this from a man signed for ₤300 and a round of drinks!
JOHN LESLIE: A well known face on both BBC and ITV television, John presented long running children’s programme Blue Peter before fronting other shows including Wheel of Fortune and This Morning. A well known celebrity supporter of Hibernian FC.
PETER CORMACK: Former Hibs and NottinghamForest midfielder was signed by Bill Shankly in 1972, winning the league title and UEFA cup in his first season at Liverpool. Won another league title and the FA cup during his spell at Anfield before moving to BristolCity, where he won the Anglo Scottish cup. Also won nine caps for Scotland.
JIM MCINTYRE: Dunfermline’s manager had an excellent pedigree as a striker with Bristol City. Airdrie, Kilmarnock, Reading, Dundee United and the Pars. Rated as one of Scotland’s most promising young coaches. Now aiming for Dunfermline’s first league title since 1995/96 season.
BILLY DODDS: A profilic goalscorer across almost 20 with clubs including Chelsea, Dundee United, Aberdeen and Rangers and scored seven times in 26 games for Scotland. Now working the Scottish media, along with his interest in horse racing.
ALEX TOTTEN: Started as an apprentice at Liverpool under Bill Shankly before a career path that peaked when he managed his home-town team Falkirk to the 1997 Scottish Cup Final. One of Scotland’s best-loved footballing personalities and a former team-mate of Jim at Dunfermline.
GORDON DURIE: A Fifer who worked his way up from lower-league football in his home county to play for Chelsea, Spurs and Rangers as well as well as racking up 43 Scotland caps, scoring seven times. Played in two World Cup tournaments and two European Championships for his country. Now back as assistant manager at his first club, East Fife.
JOHN BROWNLIE: A League Cup winner with Hibernian, he moved to Newcastle United following an eight year spell with the Edinburgh side. Settling in the North East of England, he also played for Middlesbrough, Hartlepool United and Berwick Rangers. Has held management positions at Cowdenbeath, Clyde, East Stirlingshire, Raith Rovers and Arbroath.
JOE HARPER: A goal machine who had two spells at home town club, Greenock Morton before a big money move to Aberdeen in 1969 where he won the Scottish Cup at the first time of asking. A £180,000 move to Everton followed in 1972. Moved to Hibs two years later where he scored a hat trick in the 1976 league cup final, but was still on the losing side! Moved back to Aberdeen where he won League and League Cup winner medals. Scored twice in four games for Scotland, appearing in the 1978 World Cup finals.
GORDON SMART: A star studded phone book and the editor of The Sun newspaper’s world-famous Bizarre showbiz column. Likely to be spotted at all the big events throughout the entertainment world, but his greatest claim to fame is that he had the good sense to marry Jim’s lovely daughter Kate.
WILLIE GARNER: Willie played for Aberdeen between 1975 and 1981, winning the League cup along the way. Brief spells followed at Celtic and Alloa (as player manager) before he returned to Aberdeen, as Alex Ferguson’s assistant manager.
GORDON SHERRY: A former British Amateur Golf Champion in 1995, Gordon also won the Walker Cup for Great Britain and Ireland the same year. He has qualified to play in both the Open Championship at St Andrews, as well as the US Masters, before winning the Mauritius Masters the following year.
JACKIE McNAMARA Snr: Jackie started his playing career with Glasgow Celtic before having a successful spell at Hibernian where he was awarded a testimonial match against Newcastle United for long service in 1984. He later moved onto Morton before he wathced his son, Jackie junior, go on to follow in his footsteps for Celtic, after signing from Dunfermline.
JIM LEISHMAN: A Dunfermline Athletic legend who played for the club in the 1970s, before becoming manager at the age of only 29 in 1983. He took the club to successive promotions, briefly topping the Premier League in 1989. His time in charge saw Dunfermline’s highest ever attendances at East EndPark. He has since won league titles at Livingston FC and took over once again at Dunfermline in 2005, leading them to the 2006 League Cup final. Now director of football at the club and a well known face in Scottish football circles.
PAUL KANE: Having spent eight years with Hibernian, Paul moved to Oldham Athletic in 1990 for a season. Later played with Aberdeen, Barnsley, Viking (in Norway) St Johnstone and Clyde before retiring from playing in 2003.
ALLAN PRESTON: Allan spent eight years at Dundee United during the hugely successful Jim McLean era. A year at both Hearts and Dunfermline followed, before a long spell at St Johnstone. Briefly managed Livingston and is now a regular on BBC Scotland reporting on football.
JOHN HEWITT: A ten year spell at Aberdeen, mostly under Sir Alex Ferguson, saw John go into the club’s history books. Three league titles, four Scottish Cups, a Scottish League cup and, most famously, the winning goal in the 1983 European Cup winners Cup final against Real Madrid amongst his honours. Later played for Celtic, Middlesbrough and St Mirren amongst others before retiring from the professional game in 1997
CYRILLE REGIS MBE: A Midlands legend at both West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City, Cyrille played a key part in the exciting WBA side of the late 70s/early 80s under Ron Atkinson before moving to Coventry where he won the FA Cup in 1987. Later played in the Premier League for Aston Villa. Also played for England between 1982 and 1987.
IMRE VARADI: A goalscorer who played for no less than 16 English clubs during his playing career, including Everton, Newcastle United, Sheffield Wednesday and ManchesterCity. Also played for Leeds United when they were English Champions in 1992.
BOBBY DAVRO: Another well known face from British TV screens, Bobby was a staple of Saturday night ITV entertainment for many years in the 80s and 90s, with his impressions and comedy being hugely popular. More recently seen as loveable rogue Vinnie Monks in Eastenders, he has been a pantomime regular for many a years in British theatre and remains a well known face on TV screens back home.
Photographs from the 2010 event can be seen within the picture gallery located on the homepage.