Picture Gallery: Cork City legend Alan Bennett enjoys his day in the sun at Turner's Cross

Picture Gallery: Cork City legend Alan Bennett enjoys his day in the sun at Turner's Cross
Cork City's Alan Bennett with his nieces and nephews is clapped on at Turner's Cross. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

CORK City’s Alan Bennett paid tribute to those involved in making his testimonial on Saturday such a success.

A City selection played out a 3-3 draw against a legends side at Turner’s Cross and ‘Benno’ was delighted to reflect on a great day.

“That’s what our club is about,” he said.

Fans applaud Cork City's Alan Bennett. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Fans applaud Cork City's Alan Bennett. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

“Other codes celebrate teams that have been successful in the past and why shouldn’t we? It’s important that we see that there are former players around the city and around the county and around the country and they all enjoy coming here and it’s brilliant.

Liam Murphy and Dave Hill. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Liam Murphy and Dave Hill. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

“The two title wins were special, both nights here against Derry in 2005 and 2017. The first half of that season in 2017 was the best I’ve been involved in, ever, and that game against Derry in 2005 was the best game I’ve been involved in. That’s the way I split them up in my own head and the cup wins are in their own section.

Liam Murphy, Fergus O'Donoghue, Stephen Napier, Ollie Cahill, Damien Delaney, Dave Hill, Philip Long, Stuart McCarthy and Kelvin Flanagan. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Liam Murphy, Fergus O'Donoghue, Stephen Napier, Ollie Cahill, Damien Delaney, Dave Hill, Philip Long, Stuart McCarthy and Kelvin Flanagan. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

“My nephews and nieces live in Newry and they support Cork City and it’s brilliant that they can come down today. That’s really what I was thinking about, planning this whole day around the family.”

As to the future, Bennett isn’t certain exactly what will happen but he knows he’ll still be involved with City.

Cork City legends Denis Behan, George O'Callaghan, Joe Gamble, Achille Campion celebrate Neale Fenn's opening goal. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Cork City legends Denis Behan, George O'Callaghan, Joe Gamble, Achille Campion celebrate Neale Fenn's opening goal. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

“I’ll have to have a conversation with Neale Fenn but it’ll probably be my last season,” he said.

“I’m hoping to go into the academy coaching, I’m heading down the road with teaching. It’ll end up with a conversation with Neale and Colin Healy and the call will be made.

“Whether I’m a player, coach or supporter, I’ll definitely be involved with Cork City.”

Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Picture: Eddie O'Hare

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