UNITED LEGEND ROY EARNS STANDING OVATION AT LATEST COVE RANGERS FESTIVE LUNCH AT MARCLIFFE HOTEL
STAR LINE UP: Roy Keane, centre, with the directors of Cove Rangers at their festive lunch, below, and above Roy is with Cove team manager John Sheran and chairman Keith Moorhouse.
FORMER Manchester United captain Roy Keane proved a huge hit with guests at the latest Cove Rangers festive lunch, which took place at the Marcliffe Hotel, Pitfodels.
A sell-out crowd of more than 450 were treated to tales about Roy's trophy-laden career, he won a total of 17 major trophies with United and was also capped 67 times for the Republic of Ireland.
The now 47-year-old - who also played for Celtic and recently left his post as assistant to Martin O'Neill with the Republic squad - happily answered an array of questions from the audience, put to him by former Keith and Inverurie Locos goalkeeper Ian Thain, who was master of ceremonies for the lunch.
Roy's efforts were rewarded with a standing ovation from his grateful audience.
Cove Rangers chairman Keith Moorhouse said: "It was fantastic having such an iconic football figure as Roy as the main speaker.
"Everybody had a ball, we are delighted with how the afternoon went."
Roy had replaced his ex-United team-mate Gary Neville, who was due to speak at the lunch but was unable to because of his media commitments.
He also followed in the footsteps of the likes of Ryan Giggs and Alan Shearer, who are among the long list of top sporting personalities to have previously spoken at Cove's festive lunch, which is now a major highlight on the north-east sporting calendar.
Bookings are already being taken for next year's lunch. The identity of the speaker will be revealed early in the new year.