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People's Champion - Stanley Shepherd

10 months ago By David Munn

Dedication acknowledged

Stanley has always been on hand to assist all Clubs, no matter how small the problem or help required Stanley has constantly made himself available to help others.

He may have locked horns with football royalty during his pomp – but for Stanley Sheppard, nothing beats the satisfaction of seeing kids strut their stuff in the Lisburn Invitational League.
During his Glenavon heyday in the early Seventies, the former Lurgan Blues ace featured in many a memorable European night at Mourneview when giants of their day like Standard Liege and PSV Eindhoven rolled into town.
They are proud moments in his life; anecdotes with which he can regale the fledgling footballers under his watch and the highlights of a career cruelly cut short by a cruciate ligament injury at just 27.
Yet Sheppard insists his feats on the pitch have long since been eclipsed and surpassed by his achievements off it.
Indeed, as the current chairman and one of the longest serving members of the Lisburn Invitational League, the cradle of so many professional footballers since its inception in 1990, not to mention the current and past Northern Ireland international teams, Sheppard’s legacy is remarkable.
And last Thursday night, it was fitting that the game gave something back when the 64-year- old’s dedication and contribution was recognised in the form of the People’s Award at this year’s Irish FA McDonald’s Community Awards bash at Derry’s Guildhall.
“I can’t get over it to be honest,” said Sheppard as he reflected on his honour.

Updated 13:28 - 16 Jan 2018 by Neil McGregor

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