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Martin McGuinness pays tribute to the board of Linfield for the very warm welcome

6 March, 2012 - by Westminster

Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness MP, MLA said:"Monday night's game was my first time at Windsor Park since the early sixties.

"I have very fond memories of travelling on a train from Derry with my late father and brother Paul to see Derry take on Glentoran.

"It was a very pleasant experience to be there last night and I want to pay tribute to the Board of Linfield and everyone associated with the club for the very warm welcome that I received and it's very clearly a sign of the changing times.

"And it was good to be there to support Declan Devine and the lads from Derry against Linfield."

"I firmly believe that sporting matches are unifying occasions for many people.

"It's wonderful that Peter Robinson and myself are able to give leadership and clearly show that we want to see sport being unifying and see community relationships built up through sport. I think we should do everything possible to take the politics out of sport.

"Talking as a sports fan it is my very strong view that soccer on the island would be much better served it we had an all-Ireland league and one international team.

"But that is a matter for the footballing authorities, that's only my opinion as a true sports fan."

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