Tuesday, December 20

2016 Irish Superbike Champ Nikki Coates talks Roads v Circuits Childrens Cancer Unit Charity Football Match and BSB Stk1000 2017

Gary Dunlop and Nikki Coates have organised a charity football match between the top Irish Road Racers and Short Circuit Racers in aid of the Children's Cancer Unit in Royal Victoria Belfaston Sunday 29th January 2017 at Crusaders FC ground, Seaview, Shore Road, Belfast with kick off at 2pm and admission is £5 with kids free.
If you wish to donate online you can do so via just-giving at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/gary-dunlop

Road Racers Team:

William Dunlop
Michael Dunlop
Paul Robinson
Davy Morgan
Derek Mc Gee
Derek Sheils
Dean Campbell
Paul Jordan
Davy Graham
Gary Dunlop
Gary Jordan
Gary O Brien
Steven Lynd
Callum Laidlaw

Short Circuit Racers Team:

Alastair Seeley
Nikki Coates
Glenn Irwin (aka spaghetti legs)
Andrew Irwin
Carl Phillips
Aaron Armstrong
Aaron Wright
Ali Kirk
Greg Wilson (GK)
Curtis Mclernon (GK)
James Ging
Pádraig Graham
Wallace McFall
Darryl Anderson
Anthony Derrane
Aaron Clifford (cutting oranges)

Nikki Coates:

"This football match all came about because me and Gary Dunlop wanted a kick at each other and we thought it would be a good idea to do it for charity. So we decided the Children's Cancer Unit in Royal Victoria Belfast was a very worthy cause to raise money for and thought mix it up and go Road Racers v Short circuit Racers.

It's created plenty of interest through social media and through friends and sponsors.  I got the Crusaders Football Club to give us the stadium for the day.

It will be held at Seaview, Shore road Belfast on Sunday 29th of January 2017 kicking off at 2pm. The teams are ready and we have top names from both sides including all the Dunlops, Irwins, Seeley, Sheilds and myself playing if I'm a top name haha. Me and Gary will have to take the captaincy for this match and I'm sure he will struggle to live it down when we win 😉👍🏻.

We will hopefully have Liam Beckett and others along to manage the teams and we are only charging £5 in and kids free entry. Each player is getting a sponsor of £50 and Gary Dunlop has set up a just giving page on Facebook which has already had a lot of generous people donate. The bar will be open on the day and hopefully get a good turn out for a good cause.

On my Racing I've been talking with different teams in England from as far back as the middle of last season trying to sort something for the superstock 1000 class as I feel that is my best option to progress after winning the Irish Superbike Championship in 2016. Unfortunately up to now the package either hasn't been quite right or affordable but I may have an exciting option available in the next few days so fingers crossed. I'm trying my best but, as a lot of riders are, I'm struggling to gather enough funds to compete competitively across the water. Finger crossed I can sort something.


Nikki Coates"

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