Sports items under the hammer this weekend!

A much-anticipated charity sports auction takes place in Ballymoney this Saturday evening (3rd) with items donated by a number of Northern Ireland’s top sporting stars up for grabs.

A fantastic array of memorabilia signed by a host of famous names, including golfing heroes Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke, is going under the hammer at the Manor Hotel in Ballymoney with proceeds going to the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.

Among the other items fans are sure to be clambering to get their hands on is a signed book and glove from Clarke, signed shoes from McIlroy and a signed shirt and cap from McDowell.

Other cherished lots include signed Ulster rugby and Glasgow Rangers shirts and a football signed by the Liverpool squad.

Other sporting memorabilia donated includes an Antrim hurling signed shirt, a signed Derry GAA top, a Glentoran F.C signed shirt, a Rangers training jacket donated by Steven Davis, signed Rangers retro shirt bearing the names of last year’s title-winning squad, a Coleraine F.C signed shirt, a signed shirt from Belfast Giants star Andrew Dickson, a Kyle Lafferty autographed photo, and a framed Fulham F.C shirt bearing the signatures of the players.

And Gracehill Golf Club has pitched in with a four ball voucher which will be up for grabs on the night.

Former Irish League soccer boss Liam Beckett donated a special shirt with the famous Robert Dunlop logo on it which will be signed by the race ace’s sons Michael and William as well as a signed football from the celebrity charity game in honour of Robert which took place to raise funds for his sculpture.

In recent days Megan Byers donated a signed Belfast Giants ice hockey stick and British All-Stars shirt. And Ballymena United sent a signed shirt up the A26 for the cause.

Organiser Micky Connor said it is set to be a fantastic evening and thanked all those who have supported the venture to date.

The fun gets under way from 7.30pm with a disco and karaoke afterwards.

You can contact Micky on 07799442502 if you have any interest and/or queries about the event.

The Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children is a registered charity, which offers practical, emotional and financial support to children and young people up to and including the age of 24, who are living with cancer, and their families.