By David Hennessy.
There was a scarcity of chairs for the great turn out when Republic of Ireland legend John Giles was a guest of the London branch of the Republic of Ireland Supporters Club at The Crown Moran Hotel in Cricklewood on last Friday evening.
A question and answer session with fans getting the chance to ask John about his career was followed by a quiz and raffle with all funds raised, totalling £1,941, going towards the John Giles Foundation, a foundation that works for social change through the power of football.
The non-profit organisation work to keep Irish young people away from drugs and petty crime. The event was sponsored by Cara Stationery and prizes included a jersey signed by the Irish team who played England at Wembley last May.
John Giles told The Irish World on the evening: “I really enjoyed it, they were good intelligent questions from people who are interested in football and I think they enjoyed the responses to the questions. I enjoyed it; it was good.
“The Irish have always been the best fans. I played for them from 1959 to 1979 and everywhere we went, never any trouble. They went to enjoy themselves and behave themselves and they were a credit to the country and you saw it at 1990, 1988 when there was more and more following the Irish team and the behaviour was brilliant.”
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