Football: Anfield legend does his part for charity; MEMORY LANE McAllister stages golf tournament.Byline: By ANDREW COLLOMOSSE
"ON the tee, Gary McAllister Gary McAllister MBE (born 25 December, 1964, in Newarthill, Motherwell) is a Scottish former professional footballer and manager. He began his playing career at Motherwell, scoring 8 goals in 70 appearances, until his fine performance in the 1985 Scottish Cup semi-final against !" has been a familiar announcement on the celebrity golf circuit for over a decade now.
But the former Liverpool midfielder never thought the day would dawn when he would stage his own tournament and raise over pounds 100,000 for charity.
The project began in 2005 when McAllister linked up with fellow Sky pundit An expert or knowledgeable person. From "pandit" in Hindi. See guru. Andy Gray for their first Charity Golf Classic at Celtic Manor in South Wales South Wales south n → sud m du Pays de Galles , venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup Ryder Cup
Biennial team golf event first held in 1927. It was originally played between teams of golfers from the U.S. and Britain; since 1979 players opposing the U.S. have been chosen from all of Europe. The trophy was donated by the British seed merchant Samuel Ryder. .
They returned last year and will host their third event, in aid of the Against Breast Cancer charity, on July 2.
"I've always said I must be a frustrated pro golfer," says McAllister, a four-handicapper. "I played a lot as a kid and was a reserve for Scotland boys at one time.
"I was decent enough at that level but when I moved on to play in provincial amateur tournaments I realised that I was moving out of my league - and football was always my first sporting love."
His involvement with the ABC charity began after his wife, Denise, was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago and eventually he and ex-Tartan striker Gray joined forces to launch the Classic.
"I've witnessed what's involved with breast cancer at first hand so I know what these ladies and their families are going through," says McAllister, 42, whose wife died last year.
"Hopefully we can help to make it easier for them and move towards finding a cure one day.
"The competition is for 30 teams of four players, one of whom is a sporting personality, and Andy and I work together to bring in the celebs.
"People like Kenny Dalglish Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish MBE (born 4 March 1951 in Dalmarnock, Glasgow) is a former Scottish international football player. He was famous for his successes with Celtic in the 1970s and with the English club Liverpool in the 1970s and 1980s. , Alan Hansen Alan David Hansen (born Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, June 13, 1955) is a BBC television expert football pundit and a former football player. He played for Partick Thistle FC (1973 to 1977 - 108 appearances), Liverpool FC (1977 to 1988 - 623 appearances), and the Scottish and Gary Lineker Gary Winston Lineker, OBE (born 30 November 1960 in Leicester) is a former English international football striker who scored ten goals in two World Cups for the England national team and is currently a sports broadcaster for the BBC. have supported us and we're expecting some big names again this time."
But as he makes plans for the Classic, the former Scotland skipper will be keeping a close eye on the final weeks of a season that could see two of his former clubs, Leicester and Leeds, drop into the third tier for the first time.
"I played a lot of games for both clubs and had some great times," says McAllister, who won a Championship medal at Elland Road in 1992 and also played for Motherwell, Coventry and Liverpool in a 22-year career that featured over 700 league appearances.
"It's strange to see them both struggling for survival in the Championship, particularly when you look at where Leeds were a few years ago. But I've a sneaking feeling they'll get out of it."
At the other end of the spectrum are Champions League hopefuls Liverpool, where McAllister earned cult status despite making only 87 league and cup appearances after arriving at the Merseyside club from Coventry on a free transfer in July 2000.
But as five of those appearances brought silverware to Anfield - and another saw Macca rifle in a 40-yard free-kick against Mersey rivals Everton - it isn't hard to see why he is regarded as a legend by the Liverpool faithful.
"I could sense what they were thinking when Gerard Houllier signed me: 'What are we doing with a bald-headed, 35-year-old Scot?' And I was absolutely determined to prove them wrong.
"I also saw straight away what wonderful potential there was. Players like Stevie Gerrard and Jamie Carragherwere starting tomake an impression and I knewI could do a job by bringing in a bit of experience."
And how! Despite being sent off on his debut against Arsenal, McAllister, who played 57 times for his country and is a member of the Scotland Hall of Fame, helped his newclub lift five trophies in six months.
FOR more information on the Andy Gray and Gary McAllister Charity Golf Classic, call 01905 731122.
Gary McAllister and Steven Gerrard with the European Cup (left) after McAllister scored a penalty (below); McAllister's last game for Liverpool