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SHOP staff have been busy sending out parcels ahead of the new season and catches up with one new supporter living in Spain…

A shipment was sent out to Raul Juarez who explains that he has taken an interest in Irish League football after Northern Ireland’s 3-2 win against Spain back in September 2006.

However, it was the Bannsiders’ exploits in Europe that caught Raul’s eye and he has even started a Twitter page regarding Irish League football.

“I’ve been following the Northern Ireland national team since I was a child, around 8/9 years old, and got caught up when NI won against Spain.

“When I grew up a bit, I started to follow the Irish League as a whole, around seven years ago, when it was possible from abroad as it’s not usually easy outside of social media.

“This was mostly through the BBC and social media and I started as a neutral when I started to take an interest in the league.

“However, with European performances such as the win on penalties against NK Maribor and the previous draws which contributed towards the European coefficient made me fond of the team and I started to cheer for Coleraine after that.

“Recently, I’ve started to run a Twitter account which revolves around coverage about the Irish League, and as I’ve been following the league more closely than ever, I wanted to get myself something about the side that I’ve been following with the most interest since then.

“Finally, I want to say thank you for the interest, the fact that someone got interested in my story from the club really made my day.”

We hope that Raul enjoys his purchase and he can be a guest at The Showgrounds in the future.

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