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Special Guests

COLERAINE FC is pleased to announce that three special guests will be at The Showgrounds tomorrow afternoon…

Dessie Dickson, Joe Healy and Jamie Nicholl will return to The Showgrounds for the game against Cliftonville.

All three gentlemen are guests of Honorary Vice President, Frankie Moffatt, who gave a glowing reference for his colleagues.


Jamsie came into the Coleraine team as a very young man and had the great distinction of having captained Northern Ireland at youth level and also the U23’s who reached the final of the European Championships against England at Wembley.

His team-mates included Pat Jennings and the never to be forgotten George Best. Meanwhile, also in that team was another very fine Coleraine player the late Shaun Dunlop.

Unfortunately, Jamsie suffered a horrendous leg break from which he never really fully recovered and whilst he played for Finn Harps it is fair to say that he was denied his best years due to the injury.


Jamsie is being joined by another Derry man Joe Healy, who was a fine midfielder for Coleraine.

Bertie Peacock signed Joe from Shrewsbury Town and he played brilliantly.

His form such that he was subject to speculation about moving back across the water and when he eventually moved to Athlone Town in the LOI it came as a big disappointment to both his teammates and the Coleraine fans.


‘Dickie’ was one of the best strikers to ever play in the Irish League never mind Coleraine. He was as quick as lightening with two good feet and also good in the air. What most don’t realise is that he was very clever on the field and his runs made it easy for those he played with.

He was also extremely brave despite being kicked all over the place by defenders who could not cope with him. His ability was recognised in his selection for NI right up to full international level, and like Jamsie, he had the distinction of playing with the great George Best.

Dessie was a one club man and not only played but managed the team and went onto become the highest scorer in the club’s history with a total that I don’t think will ever be beaten.

Not only all this as a player but he is also a great bloke and I am proud to have played with him and to call him a friend.