Goalkeeping legend Packie Bonner visits London Irish Centre in Camden

Goalkeeping legend Packie Bonner visits London Irish Centre in Camden


PACKIE Bonner delighted the London Irish Centre in Camden on Friday night with an enjoyable evening of tales, anecdotes and autographs.

Along with his witty ghost-writer Gerry McDade, the former Republic of Ireland international gave a presentation on his career journey, based on his new book The Last Line.

The book, which was released last month, has just been nominated in the sports category for the Irish Book Awards for 2015, and is available from Ebury Press.

“It's nice that people appreciate the story and I just hope that it reminds them of their own journey,” Bonner told The Irish Post.

“And it's also nice to get a wee nomination and to get Gerry a bit of credit too because he was the writer. Yes, they were my words, but the way he put it across allows the reader to get a sense of the journey.”

Bonner will also appear at Liverpool's Irish Centre on December 6, with all proceeds from the night going towards Alzheimer's disease.

Meanwhile, the Celtic legend took the time to have his say on the club's current boss Ronny Deila, who is under pressure due to the Bhoys' constant failure to compete in Europe.

Bonner believes the Norwegian still has time to turn their Europa League campaign around, but can understand the fans' frustration as they seek two wins over Ajax (home) and Fenerbahce (away) in their final two group games.

He said: “He's got to start producing things in Europe, I've always said that, but that's not easy for him.

“He's got two big games coming up and he has to do well. He's done well in the league and every time they've not done so well in Europe they've bounced back fairly quickly.

“But for me, he's got to prove himself in Europe, and until he does there's always going to be a question mark.”