MANCHESTER United and Northern Ireland legend Harry Gregg last night launched the 2011 McDaid's Football Special Foyle Cup which will see Celtic go for a unique treble.
The goalkeeping great was Guest of Honour at last night's event in the City Hotel in Derry.
This year's Foyle Cup -- with one of the largest-ever entry of teams -- will be held in the Derry, Strabane and Limavady areas from July 18 to 23. Fixtures will be released this Sunday.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon, Guest Of Honour at the tournament launch six years ago, has confirmed that his club will once again return to compete in the tournament.
Celtic are the current holders of the U14 Cup and are aiming to become the only team to win the trophy three years in a row, having beaten Linfield in 2009 -- in one of the best finals to grace the Brandywell -- and Hearts last year.
The tournament had humble beginnings as part of Derry City Council's Impact '92 programme when eight teams participated in a one-day event.
The Foyle Cup is proving ever more popular with Irish professional clubs as more and more emphasis is being placed on the production of young players through youth academies.
Linfield, Glentoran, Coleraine, Crusaders, Glenavon, Portadown, Ballymena United, Derry City, Institute, Lisburn Distillery, Dungannon, Ards and Finn Harps are among those local clubs who have battled it out with top English, Scottish and European sides.
Tournament Chairman Michael Hutton said: "One only has to look at the young team Derry City are fielding in the Airtricity League, many of whom came through the Derry and District Youth FA Foyle Cup teams."
Mr Hutton appealed for more financial support from local companies.
"With cutbacks in government sponsorship, more local sponsorship is needed.
"We are appealing to local companies to get behind the 2011 event by sponsoring an age group, match balls or player of the tournament.
"We are grateful for the support of Derry City Council, Limavady Borough Council, Strabane District Council, Tesco, and Derry Credit Union.
"The importance of the event to the local economy has been highlighted this year by the arrival of McDaids Football Special as title sponsors," Mr Hutton added.
For further information visit www.foylecup.com or telephone 02871359734.
CAPTION: Cup lift-off: Callum Hutcheon, Derry and District U-10 team, the Mayor of Derry, Alderman Maurice Devenney, Edward McDaid, managing director, McDaid's Football Special, Michael Hutton, Foyle Cup organiser, and Northern Ireland legend Harry Gregg, guest of honour at the launch of the Foyle Cup last night