Liverpool legend at Green Acres
Liverpool's most decorated footballer Phil Neal paid a flying visit to Wexford to launch a new range of South African wines at Green Acres from an area with an historical connection to the UK city.
The Kop stand at Anfield is named in memory of the battle of Spioenkop during the Boer War in 1900 in which the Lancashire Regiment suffered catastrophic loss of life and injuries.
The retired footballer's visit to launch a new Spioenkop wine selection in the Wexford wine shop, restaurant and gallery, was organised by the Wexford Liverpool Supporters' Club with Greenacres proprietor James O' Connor's brother-in-law Donal McGuire being a member of the club.
Greenacres head chef Richie Trappe is also an ardent Liverpool supporter who has made many trips to Anfield and was delighted to welcome the celebrated footballer to Wexford.
Members of the Wexford Liverpool Supporters' Club attended the launch and wine tasting and listened as Neal regaled the audience with fascinating stories from his playing days in the 1970s and 1980's.
A video message from another retired Liverpool great, Michael Owen was played during the evening with Owen also gifting a signed jersey to Greenacres to auction in aid of Wexford Women's Refuge.
Spioenkop Riesling and Pinotage wines are produced in the Elgin valley in South Africa by Belgian husband and wife team Koen and Lore Roose.